When do you consider yourself a travel photographer?
Well NOT if you travel with friends or your wife even who have no clue about what your doing as a photographer while you spend a few considerable lot of money and bring your best camera ever with you on holiday, vacation, or an adventures trip trying take the best shot of your live on your way of your travel trip. It will be very annoying while your friends or wife waiting un patiently that you finally take the shot. you feel guilty and you cannot concentrate.
If your really want to be that travel photographer leave your wife at home and your best friend photographer who always tells you that you can take that photo better, travel alone and go to places where your always wanna to be solo. Or do like me stay single.
Choose your event, prepare your trip, joint a workshop?
Plan your travel destination well choose which moment of the year, look for national events or a festivals find out what is going on that particular country you like to visit. Check if your need a visa and is it save to go will it be an adventure travel or a cultural one. Book your hotel far in advance if you wanna be at a festival hotel prices gonna be up three times as much or even more or are fully booked at that moment of the event.
Most countries have their particular traditions people are dressed up in their color full national clothing and are happy you may take pictures of them at that national pride moment, avoid posting photo but take natural acting but If people ask you take picture of them just do it just for pleasing them you can always delete it later if it turn one of the ugliest
photo of you trip.
What photo gear to bring with you on your travel trip?
The most logical thought is light and easy to wear and should I bring my tripod or not. I recommend always bring your tripod if possible but be aware that a tripod is not allowed to bring it with you in to the cabin of your flight. Like your other gear bring it always with you don’t leave it never alone and keep a close eye on it during your flight and your travel. Use a photo bag with wheels , how often happened that you have to queue up in line and wait before you get trough immigration and with your photo gear on your back could it be very uncomfortable.
Once in your hotel make your preparation to be that travel photographer. One of the things you can do is book a local photo workshop if you can afford it just go ahead for it. The locals know how to get to right places the right times and to get there the workshop brings you to all the places of the events depending on the program often not only transportation is included but also lunch and drinks but every one can do it differently .What I do is if there is a website of a local workshop photographer and if there is I look at his program what he has to offer and follow his steps what he explain on his website and going my own way his way, depending in which country you are wether you go on public transport or what ever is available in that particular county , tuktuk, bike, motorbike ,bus, tram what ever…go to the event and places recommend by the local photographers workshop and enjoy your photography.
Photo journalisme is not anymore like it used to be, in the early days when there was no internet and no mobile phones you worked as a photographer for a newspaper or free lance for an agent or you send your work directly to one of your clients with who you have a contract with and who is sending you out for an assignment.
Nowadays everybody can be a photojournalist a mobile phone can be enough to make the (breaking)news by somebody who is not a photographer but just a nobody who was at the right place at the right time with his mobile phone.
While the most photojournalists never been lucky enough to be the at right place on the right time to make that shot of the day that everybody in the worlds media is looking for and afterwards your photo is sold many times and later in the year even you win the zilveren camera or the world press photo, only a few are that luck
Of cause you can looking for that particular shot and go for it to danger yourself and go to the war zones in Irak, Syria or Libya or other dangerous places in the world the chance that you make that great shot is more obvious than the photojournalist stay at home and make shots of the world leaders gathering at his City, where he lives, but of course that doesn’t mean that you also can make that lucky shot during that meeting or at that sports event where your agent or newspaper has sending you and your shot is nice, not a price winner but just nice taken and good enough for local press.
For years I was a contributer for Demotix News agency ( See my about page) Demotix and Newzulu are so to speak an citizens news makers website an website who you contribute for news. It was for Demotix than and for Newzulu still an International groundbreaking news platform with a community of over 100,000 professional and citizen journalists that publishes photos, videos and articles from around the world. A team of editors validates each submission and makes them available for sale in a global marketplace of 7000 newspapers, websites and magazines. This is a revolutionary new way for both amateurs and professionals to get paid for their original content.
After Demotix closing his doors I switch to Newzulu and I had hopend I could experience the same profesionality but more and more Newzulu is asking for video news rather than photo’s after I discuss why Newzulu did’nt publish my story which I post I got the following aswer:
Many thanks ,Newzulu
By Craft & Vision David duChemin
Three days of travel to return home from the little private island that was home for nine days while we followed humpback whales on choppy seas, hoping for a chance to get in the water with them and make photographs. But we were dogged by rough weather and poor visibility and the photographs— without mincing words— suck. If you’ve read much of what I write, you know I tend to be really positive and prefer to look at the images that don’t work as “sketch images.” Nope. Not this time. They just stink. You know how they say something or some place is so beautiful you just can’t take a bad picture? Not true. I just made plenty of them. And this isn’t the first time. It happens. I have hard drives full of terabytes of suck.
So what do you do when the photographs don’t turn out the way you hoped?
Well, first, here’s what I don’t do. I don’t pretend they’re better than they are. All the wishing in the world isn’t going to make them better. And before you get that crazed look in your eye, opening Photoshop to frantically polish your turds isn’t going to help, either. Own it. Call that stinker (or a memory card full of stinkers) what it is: a stinker. That’s life. Photography is a wonderful craft, but it relies on so many things going right—many of them out of our control. Take a moment to acknowledge that these particular images just don’t work. Have a stiff drink. Salt the rim of the glass with your tears. Then move on.
Here’s where I move on to:
One. I don’t believe many things with unwavering faith but with all my heart, I believe that gratitude is the secret to a life well lived. So I start there. I mean, for the love of Jacques-frigging-Cousteau, I just got back from swimming with whales! And baby whales! In Tonga! It was an incredible adventure and to let a handful of crappy photographs get in the way of being grateful for that and replaying those memories would be tragic. It’s the experiences that matter, not the images. When they work out, the photographs are their own wonderful thing, but the magic is in the experience. Or it can be, if we allow it. It’s our choice.
Two. I learn from them. My job is not to make masterpieces; my job is to master my craft. Only then will I make the better photographs I long for. So I take a little time and honestly ask myself, “What could I have done better? What was within my control, and what was out of my control, and how can I redeem this? Can I go back? Can I change my approach? Can I change my expectations?” A younger me used to get pretty frustrated and blame circumstances when it was me that didn’t perform well, and I’d beat myself up when I’d failed simply because circumstances were bad. Neither of those comes from seeing clearly, nor do they leave us open to learning. Failing is bad enough, but failing to learn just guarantees it’ll happen again. Always, always be learning.
Three. Give it time. I don’t know if it’ll happen this time because I’ve just returned, but I always look at my work—even the junk—when some weeks have passed and the emotional baggage from the trip has been unpacked. I look at the images and give them a chance to surprise me. Sometimes what doesn’t work at first glance only fails because it doesn’t meet some very specific expectations. And sometimes a little distance between those expectations and a second look at the work gives us new eyes. And with those new eyes, we sometimes see magic where we didn’t see it before. Maybe you were looking for perfection when it was poetry that was there instead. Give your work that chance. And if it still doesn’t work, then that more relaxed viewing of the images—now unburdened by the immediate frustration—can be a great place in which to learn from them and start hatching plans to try again. I’m already planning to go back to Tonga next year for two weeks instead of one, now having learned valuable lessons about both my approach and my expectations.
We are saddled with ridiculous expectations as photographers. Nothing is instant. Your three years practicing this craft don’t entitle you to make brilliant images any more than my 30 years do for me. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Love the process! Enjoy the adventure! Calibrate those few images that shine, but don’t fail to learn from the ones that don’t. And whatever you do, don’t let the failures—our most faithful teachers—steal your joy.
One last thing: Find someone who can help you celebrate your successes and learn from the failures. Someone who can help you look critically at your work and help you keep your sense of humor about it. None of us sees objectively, so having another set of eyes to help you avoid self-delusion about work that falls short of your potential (and to aid in seeing the diamonds you didn’t recognize) is so valuable. I think making photographs on our own is the strongest way to pursue our craft, but having others off whom we can bounce our work, and with whom we can trust our creative journeys, is invaluable.
What David just writes down is exactly what I feel so many times and it is so true.
Who is David duChemin:
Is a humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader whose nomadic and adventurous life fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Victoria, Canada, when he’s home, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents.
David is my teacher and inspirator to become a good photographer with his books and stories that not only inspires me but also share our experiences.
source: Newsletter from David duChemin
The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guidelines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. Which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, and photographs.
I will not go into the technical details explaining the difference between a full frame and smaller sensor like an APC-C sensor format. But it is obvious that the size of the sensor of an average compact camera that the performance of such a smaller sensor will be significantly less. My personal reason why I choose for a full frame is the dimension and the size of the image.
The size of the image of the Nikon DX (crop) format is 4800×3200 and of the FX format is 7360×4912 that means that there is a lot more space if you think you should crop your picture. But cropping your picture has the disadvantage that the quality is going worse, especially if the image is not really sharp as you thought or there is noisier than you want to.
A perfect FX photo 7360×4912 .jpg made with my Nikon d810 Camera with the right sharpness, the correct exposure, with the lowest ISO value could be enlarged to 60 x 70 cm without too many changes on the print it looks even probably the same as on your screen but going bigger the print become worse and the quality will be less.
That’s why the editors of magazines and newspapers acknowledge the importance of having the greatest possible resolution for their pictures before printing. Depending what the photo is used for the higher the resolution the better the print will look.
My name is Frederik Gerard Enneman and I was born in Bandung Indonesia. Nowadays I live in Den Haag, The Netherlands. I am passionate about photography, Art, History, Traveling and Journalism.
I bought my first camera as a young man and studied photography at the free academy of Art in The Hague. I started as a professional photographer in my early twenties, but by circumstances, I had to choose for another career, but after early retirement 15 years ago, I took back my first passion again but this time in the digital era of photography. My first step was to be a Free Lance photojournalist and became a contributor to the Demotix news photo agency with more than 500,000 visitors and 4000 published news photos taken by me and two assignments for English newspapers The Guardian, and the Daily Mail. I was one of the top contributors, unfortunately, Demotix was taken over by another picture agency with new policy where there was no longer a place for my type of photographer and I had to find another news agency to contribute and since 2014 I am a news contributor/photojournalist for Newzulu.
With more 20 years experience as a Free Lance Photographer. I do travel a lot and many of my work happens to be taken during my traveling. But all kinds of other work of mine can be viewed from sports to fashion, photography from nature to street photography. Please take and view, all comments are welcome as long if it is constructive criticism. As the years go by, my photos are better, at least that’s what I think and that’s purely subjective. Experience comes with years, whether you are a professional or an amateur in any case. It is important to practice, practice, practice if you want to become a good photographer. You’re never too old to learn.