Follow these tips when documenting your travels.
How to approach a subject: Asking people for their photograph can be an intimidating process, depending on the place you’re visiting and its customs. Getting a good shot is largely determined by your own energy. Approach your subjects in a friendly and respectful manner. Don’t hide behind your lens; let people see you are genuinely interested in them. People will often ask why you want to photograph them, so be honest. A simple compliment, like “I love your smile” or “That’s a great hat,” often does the trick. Don’t be too eager for a photograph. When a subject is relaxed and comfortable in your presence, you have a better chance of getting a natural-looking shot. Always ask permission to take someone’s photo whenever possible.
Be sensitive to cultural differences: Things can get trickier when you’re in a group setting, such as a religious ritual or cultural ceremony. In these cases, it would be rude to interrupt the event and ask for individual photos. Keep a safe distance and try to capture the moment from a different angle. A solemn row of monks in Laos or a crowded passenger train in India, shot from afar, can be just as powerful as a close-up.
According to ancient superstitions, people once feared cameras because they believed photographs could capture a piece of their souls. This fear still exists in more remote parts of the world. People may refuse to have their picture taken and you should respect their wishes. Those who are not familiar with a camera may be curious as to how it works. If you have time to give a brief tutorial, do so. Once people become comfortable with you and your camera, they might be willing to pose for a picture.
Paying people for pictures: Travelers may also encounter a different scenario — locals asking for money in exchange for a photo. It’s up to you to make the decision and your own ethics will come into play. Do you want to pay money to take someone’s photo? Do you feel it’s a harmless trade or a corruption of culture? If you’re uncertain, you might want to assess each situation on an individual basis.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Book the Night on a Glacier experience, available May–September, from Off the Map Travel, to not only spend a one-of-a-kind night in a one-of-a-kind destination, but also enjoy your chance at seeing Norway’s magnificent polar bears.
The City of Sin is often seen as the perfect destination for pre-wedding celebration, but it offers plenty of thrills for newlyweds, too. Alongside the bright lights and buzz of the casinos, the city offers world-class entertainment and numerous outdoor adventures.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Sitges is one of Europe’s most lively and charming beach towns, and the perfect destination for a memorable spring break. The Spanish town is only a short drive from Barcelona and offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. This, combined with an incredible selection of restaurants, shops and nightlife experiences, make it a can’t-miss.