Travel Photography How-to Week. Prelude: Always Carry a Camera

I could not wait to start my Travel Photography How-to Week, so I am starting one day early with this prelude.

This week I’ll focus on taking people pictures. Next week: shooting in a city will be the topic. (If you have a topic you’d like me to cover, let me know!)

Some of the pictures I’ll use were taken on my 2001 trip to Cuba – one of my favorite destinations. You may have seen some of these pictures in my books. Others were taken on my more recent travels.

Why use so many Cuba photographs? Because I think/hope that Cuba will be open to American soon! And I think that as a photographer, you’ll love it there.

Today’s tip: Always carry a camera – no matter how tired you feel or how much you just want to kick back and relax. I know that sounds simple, but my guess is that not everyone reading this blog follows that advice.

I took this shot of little boy in a small pizza shop. He ducked in to get out of the rain. I love the innocence and the eye contact in the image. I photographed this woman smoking a cigar on my way to lunch.

Both photographs were unexpected keepers that I took in common locations.

When I want to relax and not walk around with my two Canon 5D Mark II cameras, I tote my Canon G10. It’s great for fun shots and even serious shots … as long as I don’t shoot above ISO 400 in low light situations (where digital noise starts to creep in).

I hope you enjoy this week’s photos and the tips. If you want some hands-on experience, hope you can join one of my workshops.

If you are interested in joining one of my Cuba Workshops (after it opens and Americans can go legally (you need a license from the U.S Treasury Department now), keep checking my Events page.

Explore the light,