In each installment of the Uproxx Travel Guide, we ask some of our favorite professional travelers to answer one travel question — then share their best advice with you. From informational, to inspirational, to entertaining, our aim is to incite your wanderlust and provide bite-size takeaways you can put to use on your own adventures.
This Week’s Question: What photography tips do you have for other travelers?
Also: What’s the relationship like between you and your camera? For example, do you wait to feel acclimated or jump right in to shooting? Does it ever get in the way of experiencing a place in the moment? How do you feel about taking photos of locals?
A: Taking great photographs is a lot about slowing down and looking at things from different angles. It’s really easy to get stuck in the overhead food porn rut. I always like to think about shifting perspective and finding the right — ideally natural — light.
I do have to be honest that taking photographs of people has become more difficult since the overwhelming popularity of digital SLRs. When I was shooting film or working with the first generation of DSLRs years ago, folks in developing countries were really excited to have their photographs taken; they’d never seen a Viking like myself, let alone a big camera with a cool lens. But now everyone is running around with Mark 3s, it seems, so I think it’s even more important to establish a rapport with your subject.
I think “may I take a photograph of you?” should be just as important of a phrase as “where’s the bathroom?” if you intend on taking quality shots.