5 Tips for Taking a Really Great Travel Portrait (via WanderLust)

15/10/2010 § Leave a comment

Interesting story of how photos which have become something of a genre come into being. WanderLust tells of the rules he follows to gain the peoples’ permission, shows a broad selection of portraits and shares the circumstances that allowed them to be taken. Im not sure if I’m just too much of a sceptic – whether its valid to ask – is its just photo-hunting?

“This is optional, but the difference between a techncially good photo, and a photo which makes people sit up and take notice, is that with the latter, they’re experiencing something new. The beauty of travel photography is that there’s always a story to be told, something new to see, something that’s exotic to the viewer back home, so try and think of what that story might be.” – WanderLust

5 Tips for Taking a Really Great Travel Portrait Portraiture is something I’ve increasingly aspired to as a photographer. I love a good landscape- in fact, my landscape shots are often what people seem to enjoy in my shots. Portraiture is a different skill-set though. While light changes over a landscape in such a way that you may only have a few minutes to get the shot you want, the challenge of portraiture is even greater- you may have just fractions of a second to capture the image that you … Read More

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Zwelethu Mthethwa

01/08/2010 § Leave a comment

I chose colour because it provides a greater emotional range. My aim is to show the pride of the people I photograph.

– Zwelethu Mthethwa, 1998

Zwelethu Mthethwa is one of South Africa’s best known artists. His colour photographs of the residents of Paari, a settlement near Cape Town, made a point of portraying it not as a shabby shanty town but as characterised by dignity and dreams. His new exhibition at the Studio Museum, Harlem, brings together three series of photographs, Empty Beds, Interiors and Common Ground. We hear about the inspiration to compare fire damaged homes in South Africa to those in New Orleans after Katrina. – BBC The Strand 31/7/2010

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