What's that again?
We all are familiar with portraits since grade school, how many of you were just a bit traumatized when you were directed to sit there in front of a curtain on a stool and this
stressed out person sweating profusely was holding a camera, says, "Smile!"and in a flash (pun intended), you're shuttled back to class. Even in today's adult portrait making (aka headshots), it's pretty much the same. Yes, if you make images of say a CEO or other executives in their office of workplace, technically, it's considered portraits in their environment, but as you work to capture the essence of this person in your (very) brief time allotted with them (10 - 15 mins, tops), you're expected to draw that 'x-factor' from them to portray their true self in a photograph. Tougher job than it
appears, trust me. It is an art form to make a connection with your subject, extract their "true" self and move on.
During our photo tours, we often times find ourselves in small villages where not many travelers visit and sometimes we get to go inside to experience a humble visit of a local villager to share story, tea and even making photographs. This is one of the reasons why we prefer to travel in small intimate groups to afford such serendipities to happen (not guaranteed) while on the road. Larger groups are just too unwieldy and are sometimes invasive to our environment in which we find ourselves.
During any given tour, our mastery of natural light is the preferred method of shooting this type of photography genre. By doing so, it teaches you to assess what's given to you, how to use it to make compelling images. Have you ever seen painters back in the Renaissance period? Once of faves is Caravaggio. He was the master of using (in his case, making light)
highlights and shadows to direct his viewer to what he wanted you to focus on. In photographing this way, it's often times seen as way underexposed. This may be true for your standard corporate type of headshot, but not this genre. Here, we aim to only allow the viewer to see certain things in the frame. The result is an evocative and emotive conveyance of mood, tone and presence. Come along, join us on our tours to learn and practice this skill along your journey into the unknown. Along the way, you'll also learn a couple of other photographic genres that are all combined into our meaning of Travel Photography.
Check out more thoughts on this genre ... See Differently.
See you on the other side of the world!