Traveling with a stock photo mindset

The past Christmas I went with my family to Japan for the first time. First of all I want to thank the people on DT for the advice for my trip. Not only was it my first time to Japan. It was also the first time for me to have a Stock photo mindset for a trip.

So here are some of my tips:

1) Research before you go

This encompasses many things. First your general research on the place you are traveling to such as accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. But for more specifically for stock photography, look at the photos on guide books, tourism websites, stock photo sites. Find out what has been photographed before and what hasn't been photographed. What photos are popular for that travel destination. DT forums is also a great source of research.

2) Photograph things that represent the area or are iconic of the place. Not only tourist attractions. Remember food and other cultural things and aspects that represent the area.

3) Try photograph things that are generic enough to use for other things other than the place of travel. You are probably eating at better restaurants during your travels so photograph generic foods. Remember hotel rooms and other generic places.

4) Finally remember to enjoy yourself. Don't get caught up in taking too many stock photos. Remember to still take photos for your own

memories. Photos with your loved ones. Many times I end up eating cold food because I'm shooting the food first. Lucky for me, a lot of the Japanese dishes were sushi. ;)

Anyway, feel free to add your own tips in the comments and I hope you found the tips useful and enjoyed my Japan Photo Essay.


Photo credits: Retina2020.

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Alberto*_* I'm glad you found this helpful


These are some helpful reminder for me.


Marilyn - Thanks for the gracious comments.

Aughty - I'm glad you find this blog useful. Bring along a tripod if you can so you can take photos of your hotel room with small apertures and low ISOs.


Great tips. I am planning a trip to London and have followed everything you have mention in preparation for the trip. Nice gallery. Very nice.


Some great tips as well as great photos -- #4 is so very important and all the better if the enjoyment of taking the photos turns into a stock shots as well. Cheers!

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