Know When to Travel Alone
Photography is a hobby that, let’s face it, many people enjoy. Meeting new people at a party and mentioning that you enjoy taking photos in your free time isn’t necessarily going to achieve the same reaction as “I’m a pirate. I enjoy bounty hunting for a living”, or “I breed unicorns. Fascinating creatures, though they have really bad digestion dysfunctions”. Truth be told, digital photography makes taking great photos so easy nowadays that many people are able to capture everyday experiences in a breathtaking manner. Talk about #instafood.
However, if you’re very serious about the effect you want to achieve when you take analog photos, the individual moment until you’re ready to press the shutter might take a little longer. Maybe you’re waiting for a passerby to leave the screen, a cloud to disappear or for the unicorn to drop its flatulence face. If you’re taking photos together with friends, first of all: congratulations. You’ve got friends. That’s good. Second of all: careful. Your friends might get really annoyed with you depending on how much you’re willing to stretch their patience.
Tipster of the Week: Know when to travel alone. If you’re going someplace purely because you’ve always wanted to capture that particular city/country/continent/pirate ship through photography and you’re planning to take photos 24/7, you might consider doing this trip on your own. Because you’ll get better results, yes, but also because you won’t risk your relationships.
A softer compromise is to take some camera time for yourself (a photographer’s analogy for s*xy time) and inform your friends/travel buddies/designated unicorn breeder that you’d like to have XX hours a day to yourself so that you can enjoy some controlled escalation with your camera. Preferably outdoors. I’ve started approaching my photography-travels this way two years ago, and it’s made a great difference to my results. For example, today’s photo took me ten minutes of waiting until all yellow cabs were aligned as I wanted them to be. I wouldn’t expect my friends to just keep standing next to me for such a long time if we’re on holiday together.
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