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.
Not being able to bring a pet along for a trip can be a dealbreaker from some dog lovers when making plans. Luckily, the folks at Pup Flask created an easy-to-use portable dog bowl that will travel anywhere you and your pup go so hydration is never a problem.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Spend the holidays at National Harbor, a growing destination conveniently located just south of Washington, D.C. National Harbor offers something for everyone this season, whether you’re traveling with the family in tow, seeking a romantic pre-holiday getaway or want to host a friends’ weekend for the season.