Friday, October 11, 2013

10 Tips for a Simple Travel Photo Essay

 

 

Writing One Can be Easy

 

 

 

 

It's no secret.  Any editor who has worked with me knows.


I hate writing !


With ten photos of a cave, recently visited, I'll show you how I getterdun. 


vegetation along a highway, stairs lead to a cave


Think Like a Tour Guide



You want to give people an idea what they are getting themselves into with your photos.




sign in English and Japanese explains attraction


 

Take Shots of Any Signs at the Attraction



This will come in handy when it's time to caption your images.





trail and stairs to attraction

 

Get Many Photos of the Surrounding Terrain

 

Show the viewers whether or, not, the place is stroller/wheelchair friendly.



dirt trail lined with vegetation


Take Photos of Everything Along the Way

 

 

There's nothing wrong with having a few hundred images to choose from.

A photo essay, usually only requires ten or twelve, captioned images.

You never know.  Maybe, you'll end up doing ten photo essays about the same location.



white pole marker at cave entrance

 

Wide Angle Shots Work Well

 

It gives a traveler a sense of the place they will encounter.


close up of cave entrance


Close-up Images Are Also Good

 

 

We have to duck our heads a bit, taking the stone stairs down that hole.



cave entrance in coral rock


 

The Exit is Just as Important as the Entrance

 

Think of showing a 360 degree view of the attraction with your camera.



ocean view from cave

 

 

Trails and Walkways in the Area

 

 

This is the view cave dwellers had, just outside their back door.



ocean just outside cave


 

Geographical Location

 

 

Take some photos to help you describe where in the world the site is located.


The trail, leading out the back door, takes you right to the East China Sea.



Show What's Inside

 

 

Some photos of the interior are just as important as exterior shots of the attraction.

Don't forget to take plenty of them, too.

 I didn't think it would be necessary to show you, at this time.  It was just a regular cave.

However, I did spot some sort of unusual art in there !


girlie magazine found inside cave






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