Travel Photography 101 17.5/18

28 11 2008

Confessions, tips and musings from snap-happy wanderers.

Maasai elder                                   (near the Masai Mara, Kenya)

Never leave anything but a good impression.


Amongst my favourite photographers are Yousuf Karsh, Lord Snowdon and Jack Cardiff who, while taking great portraits have been able to capture so much more than someone’s mere appearance or facial features. On so many occasions, these great artists have been able to capture their subjects’ personalities and character – no mean feat when wielding a camera.


Travelling always brings us into contact with so many fascinating people who we will never forget. Whether fellow travellers or people we meet along the way, it is so often the people that stay in our memories even longer than the sights or experiences. Photographing the local people is, in my opinion, significantly more difficult than snapping wildlife, buildings or scenery but it’s well worth the effort. However, if attempting to photograph those you meet on your travels always remember to be respectful and seek their permission, be warm and friendly and thank them afterwards and never photograph children without first asking a parent or guardian. While many cultures do not like having their photographs taken at all, none of us ever like having a camera shoved in our face by a complete stranger.


Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan


Photography 101 10/18

24 06 2008

Confessions, musings and tips from a snap-happy wanderer 

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial, Washington DC


The early bird gets the photo.


It’s always nice to have a long lie-in when on vacation, but the rewards of getting up early and heading out with your camera far outweigh the extra rest. The streets, beaches and monuments are quieter just after dawn with fewer people to clutter your compositions. The great cinematographer Jack Cardiff called twilight the “Magic Hour” because of the excellent light it provides, a light that is gentle, casts soft shadows and muted pastels. Your photos will be far more atmospheric than those taken in the glare of the midday sun and, unjostled by other tourists, you have the time to think about your shots and compose them just the way you like.


Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan © 2008