Travel Photography Tip #3: The Environmental Portrait

In travel photography, there is a deep desire for most to capture beautiful environmental portraits that expresses a subject’s culture and personality. However, being in a strange land with all the unfamiliar can sometimes take it’s toll on the photographer’s confidence. Hence, most use a telephoto lens to capture a photo of someone from afar for fear of rejection (or perhaps a language barrier). But that shouldn’t be the case. To get the most out of your shots of people in their natural environment, do away with your zoom lens. The closer you get, the better. Also, always make your intentions known, even if it’s just a simple smile or nod. The worst that could happen to you is that you get a “no”, and that shouldn’t dishearten you. Just smile and move on. Remember, if they smile back, then that’s a sign that they are giving you permission to take photos of them.

In this photo: A guard on duty at Naqqar Khana in New Delhi’s Red Fort.

New Delhi, India