Traveling is an eye opener not just for the traveler today. It is during such travels that one gets to know more, open his eyes, and his senses to the world beyond. He gets to see the world in a different light and it is true that even if one visits a place again and again as a traveler, he might view it in a different light. This is the magic and this is why, one must travel. But while a few people might like to document their travel in small pocket diaries, many others might just like to take photographs. Photographs might hold many secrets, many little things that might connect them to the place every time they open the album.
University professor, and travel photographer Michael Haddad enjoys the photography as a means of expression and he takes photographs of places, of obscure places of busy cityscape, of forlorn chapels in the midst of idyllic villages and more. But while some might just take photographs of places just to treasure a moment or a place, many others might take photographs of locals doing their daily chore. However, there are a few unique things every photographer worth his mettle can learn and implement in life to get stunning and unique photographs.
What makes travel photograph special?
Every walk through a new part of the world, calls for documentation, and in order to keep it fresh in memory and visually, one would need to photograph it. There are photographers who spend hours on just recording a sunset down the bay or between the canyons or even through the dense forest leaves. Reading and researching about a place before visiting shall help. This is something that many underestimate but it has great significance in life.
Reading about the culture of a place is essential and even the photographer might try to get a few locals to speak up or give their insights about a situation. For instance, while covering the photographs of an event or a mishap or even a festival would be complete if the photographer gets to interview these locals.
Politely asking the permission of the locals would be nice if you wish to photograph them. If you know their language, then explaining to them about the intention of the photograph would be great. Taking photographs of the locals without their knowledge is as bad as it can get.
Timing means a lot in travel photography and yet, it is not always about the sky, the landscape or the rivers only. One can also photograph a local food or the costumes that the locals wear. Maybe an evening by the bonfire with the local chiefs is as great a topic for photography. A rush hour street photography of a bazaar or a parade shot might require great care too and yet, can become great theme for photography.
The fact that there could be a lot of spontaneity required, along with a lot of preparation makes travel photographers like Michael Haddad interested in this art.