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Requires Wide Range of Skills
Traveling photographers must possess a wide spectrum of photographic skills because of the wide variety of the subject matters, which likely encompasses not only portraits and landscapes but also wildlife, architectural, reporting and events. One day you may be taking pictures of mountain scenery and the next food at a five-star restaurant.
As a travel photographer, you need the necessary skills to photograph basically everything. Patience is essential as well as being well versed in the technical aspects of shutter speed, depth of field, and lighting.
Tourism – a Driving Force in Genre
Traveling photography has been popular with tourists ever since cameras were built for amateurs. The famous Kodak Brownie introduced the concept of the snapshot and was very portable. Now with the advent of smartphones, photography is more convenient than ever. Many tourist attractions today are placed in photogenic areas to entice the public to come and take pictures.
Destination Events are More Common
Due to the love of traveling, there are more destination events than ever before. Because of that, there is more call for photographers who will travel to the location. If you’re willing to do that, you can also schedule extra time before and after any event you are supposed to take pictures at so that you can enjoy the local sites on your own – and yes, photograph them for sales elsewhere.
Pros Look in More Places
While popular with amateurs taking selfies, the tourist site isn’t where the professionals usually want to concentrate their efforts. Serious photographers want to capture a sense of culture with an image that conveys a story. Also, a photo of that nature is more marketable for the professional.
Choose the Unbeaten Path
A pro would research their destination and look for the unbeaten path that a travel agency would steer people away from. They did not go through all the effort to get there just to get the “cliché” shot. They would rather have portraits of the local people instead of tourists.
Many times, pros will use themselves or a traveling companion to be their subject but not in a “selfie” manner. They will want to analyze a scene and critique it in their mind to work with the composition, keeping in mind where the photo might be used. Then they will ask themselves how it can be made to look better.
People of different cultures are a big part of what traveling photographers try to capture. The photographer will want to make an effort to befriend and engage the locals and build connections, with the chance of gaining ideas and locations to shoot. Having a friendly rapport will help people open to you and perhaps gain you friends who’ll make the trip even more rewarding.
Traveling photography requires that you not only have photographic skills, but also the ability to communicate with people to make them feel comfortable and trusting. As well as that, business and marketing skills are needed. This means that a person who wants to be a traveling photographer needs to be well-rounded in their knowledge. But don’t let that scare you away; there isn’t anything here that you cannot learn.
=> Do You Have What It Takes?
Are you the kind of person that can be a traveling photographer? Some people find it’s not right for them, while others call it living the dream. If you’ve ever wanted to travel the world with your camera for a living, this may be the perfect job for you. Having said that, you still have to carefully consider what the job involves.
You can find many websites glorifying the image of a traveling photographer, giving you a lot of superlatives and implying that all the businesses are clamoring for shots, while not offering much information about the real-life commitments required to make a living doing photography. And if you don’t already know how to use your camera, there is a big learning curve. However, it’s certainly not impossible if you really want to do it and are committed to learning the things you need to know about your camera, the market, and business.
Going from Hobbyist to Pro
Practically everyone starts doing photography in the field as a hobby or as a part-time profession. Going to full-time photography is a big leap of faith. It’s not a case of just learning how to make good photos that people want – there’s also the issue of being able to make enough money to survive doing it. Some may forgo trying to make more money but instead take work to gain experience and network for more prospects, until they can earn enough to at least meet their basic needs.
May Require Some Sacrifice
You may have to sacrifice time with loved ones if you are married. A working spouse will gain you some economic stability, but if both spouses work independently, you can do it together even if it will be riskier financially. While you can be somewhat flexible, most photographers understand that there are certain times of the day that are more conducive to good natural lighting.
Likely you will be at the mercy of the time of an event or the weather, with no recovery time for jet lag or unforeseen delays in travel. This means you will be tired on the job and may miss opportunities for eating, so you also need to be willing to go hungry sometimes. Pack snacks just in case. Above all, you must be patient.
You will be in situations that are not under your control. Be ready and waiting even if everyone else isn’t, but you cannot allow anyone else to be waiting on you. You must be prepared to capture any moment, especially if doing event recording.Other Details
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