Travel photography is one of the most common forms of photography, and why not? Who doesn't love to travel? It's one of the best ways to share your experiences, share your trip, and in general, share the stories and lives that you encounter along the way. What most people don't realize is that travel photography is more than just going out and shooting the iconic locations. Sometimes the best stories are the ones that are intimate. Quiet places like restaurants, and the one right here behind me, the Salmon Bay Cafe. In this travel class, we're gonna talk about the who, where, what, when, and why. Those are the questions you would think about if you're a writer, and it would bring you in to the story, and after all, story is what really makes photography come together. We already know the where, we're gonna focus on this cafe behind me. But the who can really add a tremendous layer to your travel photography. You don't want to just focus on the little details, those are, of course, impo...
rtant. But you want to talk to people, you want to meet them. You want to find out what their stories are, why they like a place and why it makes that place special. 'Cause after all, places are as much about people as they are about the scenes that you're taking pictures of. There's also a lot of other challenges with travel photography that are different, especially if you like nature photography or landscape photography. It really takes you further into the scene to focus on other elements. You start to think about architectural elements, like the structure, and the building, and how you're showing a table or a lighting. And then of course, lighting itself is an entire new section that you need to think about, and how to make it work for you. And so for me, natural light is gonna play a pivotal role in this lesson. Some of the other elements that we're gonna talk about are how to make your gear work for you. When shooting travel images, unlike landscape and nature photography, you have to be very adept. You have to be willing to adapt to the scene, and move very, very quickly. And so often, I will usually just travel with a single lens and a body, or two lenses, so that way I can adjust my scene and work through it. So, I want to have settings that allow me to handhold as I go through it, because things happen quickly. You might have street performers, you might have servers in a restaurant, you might have a hot dish of food that comes out, and the steam is coming off of it, and you wanna be able to capture that. You can't do that if you have to set up your tripod, choose your lens, have a backpack. All those moments that you think will be important will pass you by very quickly. See, the ability to set your camera and your settings into a situation that allows you to move very quickly through the scene is gonna be very important. And having the ability to also find compositions that work in that same amount of time are also going to be very important. So, we're gonna work our way from the outside, all the way in. People, place, figure out the why and see if we can get that compelling story of why is this place unique and what makes it special to Seattle, Washington.