All about a Travel Photo Essay : from the Ace Himself : Directives of Mark Edward Harris
Successful travel photographers have to wear more hats than perhaps any other photographic genre. In a single travel photo essay they are at times architectural photographers, food photographers, music photographers, car photographers – the list encompassing every possible type of photography. This write up here discusses the necessary techniques to create cohesive professional travel stories, using images that go far beyond “I was here” photographs.
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Award-winning photographer and writer Mark Edward Harris explains how to marry photos with words, telling a cohesive story through a series of photographs.
■ Building Blocks of the Travel Photo Essay :-
A photo essay is basically a story told through photographs. Like any story there needs to be a structure, otherwise it might collapse under the weight of its own confusion. Let’s look at some basic types of images that can help lead the viewer through your unique set of visuals.
To clearly understand what an establishing shot is, stop by a local souvenir shop selling postcards when you drive, land, or dock at a new location, you’ll see lots of them. They are the symbolic images of a place: the Eiffel Tower for Paris, the Grand Canal in Venice, the scenic wide angle view of the Grand Canyon.
Time of day at some sites can get extremely specific so some advance planning is needed to be at the right spot at the right time for the most dramatic images. Twice a year, for example, on the spring and autumn equinox, the northwest corner of the Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico casts a series of triangular shadows that create the pattern of a serpent descending its steep staircase. If this was by intention to represent the feathered-serpent god Kukulcan on the equinox as historians believe it was, it’s both an incredible engineering and scientific feat. Getting to the site early and staking out a position elevated above the soon-to-arrive throng is the only way to capture this dramatic display. At Brooks Falls on the Katmai Peninsula in Alaska, there’s a short window of time in mid-summer to attempt to capture the iconic image of a bear catching a salmon attempting to make its way upstream to spawn. In this case late afternoon yields the ideal angular light. A little advance planning goes a long way toward capturing memorable photographs.