Travel Photography 10-Point Checklist

When in a new locale, vary your shots

Standard practice in professional editorial assignments is to vary the style, scale and lighting, so that the total take looks rich and varied and gives the art director different material to work with.

I've boiled this approach down to these ten quick items on a checklist. Bring this pro method to your own trips and work from this checklist:

1. Establishing shot: This photo tells the viewer exactly where you are; nothing ambiguous

Example: Luxor, Egypt

2. Overview:
From high or from far

3. Night views: Landscapes at dusk, city lights

Example (for Overview and Night Views): The Bund, Shanghai

4. Famous landmarks

Example: Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, LA, on the banks of the Mississippi

5. Events, parades, festivals

Example: Palio, Siena, Italy

6. Local daily life: Just people going about their regular activities

Example: Two women, Lucca, Italy

7. Local oddities

Example: Red cow, Chicago

8. Street scenes:
Include enough of the street to show the setting

Example: Cartagena, Colombia

9. Street furniture and details
(and remember shop windows)

Example: Greek votive plaques in shop window, Athens

10. Market: There’s always a market somewhere!

Example:Chili truck, New Mexico

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