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The Enthusiast's Guide to Travel Photography: 55 Photographic Principles You Need to Know Paperback – July 2, 2018
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About the Author
For the past decade, Jordana Wright has had the opportunity to shoot professionally, travel, and share her love of photography with clients, workshops, and aspiring photographers around the world. She has presented two TEDx Talks, led dozens of photowalks across the United States, been published in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, and has developed and executed a variety of exciting personal photographic projects. When she's not “going places and seeing stuff,” she lives in Chicago with her husband and her 12-year-old pitbull, Dutch. For more information about her pursuits visit JordanaWright.com or find her on Instagram and Facebook.
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Wright states the obvious, that we don’t want to take the same pics other travelers take. Her solution is to create thousand-word pictures -- I like it. She says to keep in mind that you want to tell a story with your photos, and that doing that will make a difference in your audience's perception. She writes that less substantive photographs are more like a “sentence fragment“ than a story:)
The author recommends, of course, to visit travel websites and to peruse travel magazines before you go to look for ideas. You may want to find your own angle on the idea but at least you have something to start with. She recommends seeking patterns wherever you go, regardless of what lens you have on your camera. She gives, as examples, ocean waves, a brick wall, peeling paint, and cobblestones. The author includes many useful and lovely photos of her own to illustrate the myriad patterns we can find while traveling.
Later in the book she talks about how to put people at ease either after you photograph them or when you’re about to ask to do so. She has very specific tips that I found very helpful. Since most of us eat out a lot, if not totally, when we’re traveling, this travel photographer gives us a section and food photography. I don’t think I’ve seen that covered in other travel photography books, so yay!
In her final chapter she talks about the disappointment we can often feel when we get home with our hundreds of photos and see that perhaps they aren’t what we had hoped. She says to understand that you aren't finished when you snap the photo but instead when you are in front of the computer-and that’s where you can try to realize your original vision.
And finally, she actually gets some specific tips and post processing of your travel photos. She recommends not multitasking while you were doing that, and focusing just on getting the pictures you want from the ones you took. This is a better travel guide than most for photographers and also quite readable. She’s very conversational in her style. I highly recommend reading it before your next trip.