12 tips to make your journey photogenic
1. Go with the flow then stop at the most empty looking corner. The biggest treasures are in the most unexpected spots.
2. Do not hunt for these iconic places, find new places you can make iconic!
3. Look up, look down, look behind you, bend, crawl, jump, lie down, go to your knees, try to learn how to fly – use the skills of a literally flexible photographer.
4. Pick a theme. Make a story. Brainstorm. Create an album in your mind in advance.
5. Keep your camera always close to you, as you never know when the opportunity arises. Additional batteries and cards are a must-have.
6. Sometimes you have to choose between the pain and the sunscreen. Not that tough of a choice, to be honest.
7. Eat and drink. 10 out of 10 photographers find it helpful, sooner or later.
8. Embrace the troublesome experiences, they will make your grandkids laugh one day.
9. Smile. It is the simplest way to make someone happy. And to get through those doors that are normally locked up for foreigners.
10. Say goodbye to your comfort zone and yes to new opportunities.
11. But when you hear „no“, that means „no“. Know the boundaries, the rules, not all are made to be broken.
12. Do not forget to enjoy the experience - without the camera glued to your eyes ;-)
That is my way. But feel free to do whatever you find is bringing you the most joy. Pack your bag (and make sure it will not kill your back), prepare the gear, leave the grumpy face at home and get on the road. Feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, even the rain pouring from the sky (just watch out to save the camera ;-)). Fall in love with the journey, there is no need to draw yourself a finish line. Taste the freedom. Abandoned places or cities full of souls, every corner of our planet is worth capturing.
Maybe you will get a million dollar photo to sell on Dreamstime. But who knows, maybe you will take the last picture of a beautiful creature. Or a raw but honest image of an uneasy moment. A shoot that will start to live its virtual life. A reminder for your stressed-out parents that you are safe on the other side of the world. You never know how much power lies in your finger ready to push that shutter.
Photo credits: Mocagrande.