October 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm #5640
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Sometimes the photographer has to capture difficult to photograph action sequences, or access difficult to reach areas where a tripod won’t work. Taking risky shots is part of good photography, and however much photographers may want to have total control over the picture, sometimes the best shots are the ones that are spontaneous. Carrying a camera around everywhere and snapping photos is common in journalism and professional photography, since you can never predict when having a camera handy might catch those once in a lifetime moments.
People who get paid to travel around the world taking photos have one of the coolest jobs ever, right? Unfortunately, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Many travel photographers do not get sponsored unless they have a lot of experience. For the first few years, you’ll probably have to pay expenses out of pocket.
Photographers have to do extensive research about the locations and local culture of every place they visit. Scheduling is often very frantic as the photographer tries to document as much as possible in a short amount of time. Some photographers spend so much time taking notes that there isnt much time left to slow down and enjoy the experience.
Traveling requires a lot of dealing with customs, visas, and setting up contacts and lodging. Travel kits need to be kept lightweight and portable. Always prepare for adverse weather, lost signals, lost directions, and having words lost in translation. Despite certain hardships, travel photography presents some really unique opportunities that lead to lots of lasting friendships and memorable experiences.
Aerial photography used to be limited to climbing really tall buildings or renting a helicopter, but remote drones have revolutionized the ease of filming overhead shots. A wide angle lens is usually preferred to capture panoramic shots.
An insider secret is that many professional wildlife photos are taken in zoos or protected sanctuaries. Wild animals can be difficult to approach in nature, and traveling to exotic locations is expensive. Most wildlife photographers use a telephoto lens, which will produce a close up shot from a distance away. These lenses are very bulky and heavy, requiring a tripod for support.
Wild animals are not pets. Some animals can be unpredictable and dangerous, which is why it is always best to keep a safe distance and not disturb the animals in their natural habitat. Most animals are more curious than aggressive, and will only attack if provoked or threatened. Camouflage and tree stands are sometimes used to blend in.
Most cameras are not waterproof! Underwater photography typically requires a special type of camera. If you’re willing to take a risk with your expensive equipment, sealing off a regular camera in a plastic bag might work as a cheap alternative. Obviously the results might not look quite as professional as the proper equipment. The camera should also not be immersed very deep, since water pressure increases with depth and could damage the camera.
If deep sea diving in the open ocean, you will need scuba diving lessons, a depth rated camera, and an additional lighting rig. Also, don’t touch the fragile coral or kidnap any baby clownfish.
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