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Make the most of your travel photography and capture the moment with these 10 simple tips. Most of these tips are very basic and some of them are useful for traveling in general.

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Focus on faces

Seems obvious I know, but whether it's wildlife or people, it's often good to focus your lens on the face of your most important subject. We are naturally drawn to the eyes, so that is where you usually want to focus.

With buddy in the forest
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shoot fast

Shooting the landscape requires a completely different mindset to get people photographed in attractive cultural situations. Forget your tripod, forget low ISO settings and think less about image quality and more about capturing the moment. Get ready, freeze the action by relying on your freefocus and fast shutter speed. The handheld is the way to go because you just don't have time to detour with the tripod. In strong sunlight you will be away from ISO settings between 400 and 1000, but when the light starts to decrease, do not be afraid to increase that ISO to thousands. Use a wider aperture such as f / 2.8 to achieve faster shutter speeds and achieve pleasing shallow depth of field to accent your main subject. Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode (AV) allows you to quickly dial to the desired speed while your camera decides on shutter speed. If your lens lacks any type of vibration, be sure to switch when going handheld.

orange sheets of paper lie on a green school board and form a chat bubble with three crumpled papers.
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Learn Lingo

Take at least a few hours while traveling to learn basic language skills for your location. To know that "Hello, I'm sorry, please, thank you, sorry, yes, no," etc., knowing that goes a long way even in countries where English is spoken in tourist areas . Having some basic language skills can make a huge difference in the type of access you can gain, and the things you see. Language opens doors that would otherwise be closed to the average tourist.

Hire a translator or guide

If you are in any place at any particular place, it is often difficult for people to have access to everyday life. Consider hiring a guide or translator so that you can communicate with locals at a deeper level than you know the original phrases.

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Smile and make friends

When taking pictures of strangers or communicating with local people, he will not be a door-to-door tourist. Smiling is universal and soft which might otherwise be a intimidating attitude for those who have little experience with adventurous foreigners. If you want people to like you, then smiling is a good place to start.

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Ask for permission whenever possible

In many countries there is no legal obligation to do so if you are able to ask someone's permission to take their picture, but this is just good manners, and some people may have religious reasons that they are actually I do not like to take my picture. Conversely, do not disrupt a fragile social situation. If there is a chance it can be socially awkward. This photo I took in Bangkok on the very famous What Foe is a good example. The monks were tempted in front of hundreds of tourists under a high pressure situation, so I was barely able to walk.

Fujifilm X-T10 – Side View
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Choose the right lens

When it comes to capturing atmospheric cultural scenes, I would choose main lenses that provide a lovely blurred bokeh effect while keeping my main subject sharp. Typically these will be in 35mm, 50mm or 85mm, which is on a full frame camera. These types of lenses will give you such a cute cinematic look that not all zoom lenses can only deliver. You can get a similar look with larger telephoto lenses, but they are less portable. Smaller primes also make you look more low-key and have a very good image quality.

Carry two cameras

It has been said to me of rapid shooting. People and animals with whom you often do not have time to switch lenses, so consider carrying two cameras that have lenses for different purposes. Let me tell you that there is a wide angle lens on one camera, and on the other is a cute 85mm prime for portraits. This way you will be able to face most situations at a fast pace. If you are going to carry two cameras, try and keep them in a small bag at all times. If you look like a paparazzo then it can frighten some people.

An instrument, is a tool or something that plays sound?
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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

I am not suggesting you put yourself in danger. You should always use common sense, but consider doing things you might not otherwise say to yourself. This is where you will get great photo opportunities. An example of this would be my recent visit to a mountain cave called Phra The Kaw in the Kanchanbhuri province of Thailand. The cave has no lights, claustrophobic tunnels and thousands of bats, some of which are flying right in your face. For me, that's fun, but others