Learning how to photograph people while traveling can help your photography on the road and at home. I use a few different methods to approach people whom I want to photograph while traveling, and I’ll try to explain that process below. I’m sure there are many other techniques that other photographers might use, and if you have any you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments.
I’ll start out by telling you that I’m not an outgoing person at all. I’m a shy guy. I always find it difficult to approach people. But I’ve learned that missing a good portrait because you didn’t ask hurts a lot more than getting rejected. If you’re also a little shy, you’ll need to practice being more bold and get out there and ask people if you can take their picture. I’m here to tell you that it’s not as hard as you think, and there’s even a little bit of a scientific process to doing it…
Kyoto, Japan - I was standing in this alleyway, waiting for someone interesting to walk by and pose for me in front of that nice wooden door in the background... Along came this Geisha. (See "The Trapping Approach")
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Yushu (aka Jyekundo (སྐྱེ་རྒུ་མདོ་) in Tibetan) is an Autonomous Prefecture in the Qinghai Provence of China. Located 800km south of the nearest city Xining, Yushu used to be a daunting 12-16 hour bus ride from Xining in the north or about 10 hours to Gantze in the south (where I came from). Now, it appears that Yushu has it’s own airport and has become quite a hot spot for tourists.
I was only able to spend two days in Yushu due to visa restrictions, but it left a wonderful impression on me. I also did something a little different while I was there. I only spent one day site-seeing, and I spent the other in the market, shooting lots and lots of portraits. Click “Read the rest of this entry” to see some of my favorites.
I was in Yushu just after a huge annual horse festival. This is an exciting time for Tibetans and they will often dress to impress. This woman is wearing some very expensive (and very heavy) jewelry in her hair.
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Portraiture of all types can be the cornerstone of many photographers’ business. Sooner or later, in one way or another, someone will want you to take a portrait.
The difference between a good portrait and and a great portrait is in the details. Below I offer you the details to what might look like a simple location portrait, but was actually quite complicated to shoot. Lucky for me, the most unpredictable factor in many portrait sessions, the subject, was incredibly natural and easy to work with. Unfortunately, another important factor in a portrait, the light, wasn’t as cooperative.
Read all about this photo after the jump.
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