a favourite genre of most beginner photographers - travel photography has reached saturation point. to stand out you need to bring all your skills to the table and be innovative.
Since the advent of digital cameras and newer technologies, capturing images whilst globe-trotting has become so much easier. From professional quality point and shoot devices to the extraordinary DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, almost every traveller is equipped to be a photographer of sorts. Each upload on social media (and prints for the serious photographers on the open market) is jostling for attention in an over-saturated space. So, how does your travel photographs compete in this space?
“Be passionate. Frame the image that needs to be different from others. Innovation leads to photographs that are not predictable.”
In this genre, only photographs that offer more than a single dimension will survive. Skills coupled with passion, based on a foundation of masterful composition is the way to keep viewers spend that few extra seconds for your stand-out images. I believe, that to make a mark as a travel photographer, you need to be passionate and innovate. A stunning interplay of composition, lights, interesting subjects and a story to tell - are all ingredients to a successful travel photograph. The image must speak out; if it doesn't, it's no good. Add a human emotion to it, and there, you made it better.
Travel photography as a genre allows the photographer to explore all other genres within it - street, street portrait, landscape, seascape, architectural, historical, culture, traditions, transportations and so on. A number of travel photographers love to make street portraits. In my opinion, these must reflect their dignity and personality and not their discomfort or penury. It's important to let the image speak about itself. Others, love to capture the scenic locales during their travel. Constantly look for a different kind of image than the ones which are more popular on the websites. Once your first few images are shot, walk around, change your POV (a new angle), change your depth of field and adjust the position of your subjects and you will have a winner.
Always look for additional elements that make the image more stunning. Elements like lights and shadow, patterns and repetitions, human participation, movement - all add a sense of drama to an otherwise fine but sedate image.
Capturing an image of what you saw during your travel is often easy, but the ultimate proof of your excellence is when a viewer looks at your image and says, "WOW, I need to be there and experience this, NOW"