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Travel Photography: Creative Storytelling

Lesson 5 of 9

Portrait of Business Owner


Travel Photography: Creative Storytelling

Lesson 5 of 9

Portrait of Business Owner


Lesson Info

Portrait of Business Owner

As I start to walk through, and get detail shots and also look for candid opportunities, such as the toast boys in the back room, I want to stop and actually get a formal portrait. So, not only getting details and really painting the whole picture, but talking with Ken, whose place this is, the Salmon Bay Cafe. I wanna get a formal portrait of him as the proprietor of this location, and so again, it sort of rounds out all of the different things. You've got candid shots, you've got details, you got interiors, you've got food, and now of course, we'll have a formal portrait to help round out a full travel story. So, my settings on this, since I've got plenty of good window light right here, maybe ISO 800. I mean, I keep it pretty shallow, I'm gonna shoot at 5.0, at least to start. Take a look, see how that feels. Also, I'm gonna probably zoom in to 35 ml. I'm gonna be pretty close to Ken on this shot. I like where he's at, he's at that bar, he's got a cup of coffee right there. So, I'm ...

gonna simply work straight up with these settings. I might use the exposure compensation way a little bit, try and brighten the shot up if I need it. Let me get a horizontal and a vertical. I'm gonna work quick, handheld. And it looks like I'm getting about a hundred 60th of a second, so we'll take a look and see how it goes. Alright, so if you look right. And then, it's also good to direct a little, if you're doing doing a formal portrait, you don't need to be as candid. You're not looking necessarily for authenticity or in the location itself, which is the authenticity we're gonna get. I'll tell him where to look and then I'm paying attention to the background, gonna wait for the background to clear a second. When the background clears, I'll fire a few shots. Obviously you don't want to interrupt the flow of the restaurant, and so, we'll give it a second. But in the meantime, I can took at my settings and see how they look. (camera clicks) Looks really nice, great window light coming across. Very soft, and in general the light in here is ideal for photography. Let me take another look, I'm gonna look at my horizon. And notice I'm kinda moving around different heights as well, taking a different angle. I wanna make sure it doesn't look too crooked. And you got a sense of place. I'm gonna put him a little off-center as I shoot, as well. I could put him in the center, I'll try different things, again, it's about capturing all the shots and bringing them together. I don't want to overthink it now, I want to edit in camera, either mentally or physically. So I'm just gonna keep gathering different shots. Again, horizontal and vertical, and just keep working the scene. (camera clicks in succession) And I'm gonna back up a little bit, get a little more room. Okay, and the background cleared. Ken, is that your best face as there? (laughs) There, that's nice. (camera clicks in succession) And then I like to try and get right about even with eyeline, and now I'll get a little closer. (camera clicks rapidly) Again, we want to give a magazine plenty of options when they're doing the edit. And one more natural laugh. I don't know how to make him actually laugh. (chuckles) Good, and then I wanna get one more, more candid shot. Ken if you don't mind, just take a look out the window right there. (camera clicks rapidly) Now what I'm gonna do is, I've got people moving around background, which is kinda cool. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna drop my ISO down to about 100. I'm gonna boost my depth of field up. So I'm getting about a 6th or a 8th of a second. And then, when somebody walks behind him. So that seems like it might be a little too slow, so I'm gonna go a little shallower. (camera clicks) I wanna keep it right around a 5th or a 6th of a second. So what I'm doing is trying to handhold as perfectly still as I can, get a bunch of frames, and then that way if somebody walks through, we have the sense of a busy place, a busy restaurant. Giving a lit bit more of a feel of the atmosphere, and things that are going on here in the cafe. So, soon as I see somebody coming through. And here it comes. (camera clicks rapidly) Alright, take a look. And perfect, you got the energy, got the shot I'm looking for, and overall we got a great portrait of Ken here in the Salmon Bay Cafe.

Class Description

Whether you are an outdoor adventure photographer or you specialize in weddings, travel photography can round out your portfolio giving you a new creative outlet while adding new revenue for your business. Traveling is more than just seeing a beautiful skyline or view, it's about immersing yourself into the culture. In this unique course, outdoor photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive explains how to tell the story of your travels while capturing the daily details of your experience. He'll show you everything from capturing the mood of a cafe to photographing the people at the heart of the city, town or destination you are visiting. When it comes to travel photography the journey really is the destination.  


Chris Miedema

I guess travel photography means different things to different people. I understood exactly where Ian Shive was coming from in this presentation and I found the information was extremely useful. I guess if you are looking for a video on how to photograph the Eiffel Tower, when traveling with family, this is not for you. If you wish to take back a deeper memory of a place, or wish to submit an article for travel publications, this series of videos would be more to your liking. I enjoyed watching Mr. Shive go through the process of documenting the cafe, its owner and its patrons. His general advice and strategies were useful to hear and see in action. He did provide some technical information on settings, although I did note he was in a well lit establishment. It would have been interesting to see how he would handle a place with less than ideal light. Overall, that is a small criticism. I very much enjoyed the flow of the videos and recommend them to anyone who is interested in seriously documenting the interesting locations they come across in their travels.

Marwa Elchazly

as the title is "travel photography" what came to my mind is walking through the street of a city, but it wasn't ... Ian Shive took "Salmon Bay Cafe" as a case study for traveling photography, through which he gave good tips for traveling/ magazine essay / telling a story in general. I've learned a lot about the effect of ISO and "handholding" the camera, tips for how to get the authentic story of a place and tell it with photo... It's not all you need about traveling photography, but it gives a good start and lots of valuble tips

Daniel Clifton

I really enjoyed this course. I know some folks have criticized it as not being “travel,” but I would disagree. I think Mr. Shive offered us a look at how to go into a setting - in this case an restaurant - and pull the pieces together to find the images to best tell its story. In the way Mr. Shive demonstrates his method, I feel like I can go into a number of travel scenarios and come away with photos that really show the story. I can focus on single businesses or locations, or pull back and get a more comprehensive piece for a town or section of a town. With a little adjustment, I can see this providing a marketable service to local businesses.

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