World-renowned travel photographer and author Steve Davey knows better than anyone, that when it comes to photography, there are no limits to your creativity. With camera in hand he loves pushing the boundaries to see what can be achieved, but in this article he talks about setting yourself guidelines to enjoy a whole new perspective on your adventures…
“Sometimes it can be good to set yourself projects on your travels. It will help to keep your pictures fresh, give you some motivation to search out pictures and will also give you a theme to show your pictures afterwards. Themes can work well whether you are creating a gallery of online images, or even creating a print-on-demand photo-book on a service like Blurb.
There are all sorts of themes that you could choose, depending on your interests and the country or countries you are travelling in: after all, there is no point choosing a theme of camels in Europe! Good themes could be rickshaws, street food or even graffiti! When thinking of themes though, you could even choose a simple colour. Crazy as it might sound, this might help you to shoot a really good selection of images. Make sure that the colour can be found, but don’t choose a colour that is seen everywhere. There is no point in having your theme colour as pink in Marrakech where most of the building are this colour.
The pictures here were shot in Morocco, but with the theme of blue, and show the range of ‘blue things’ that can be discovered, from gates to headdresses or even fishing boats. They were taken in four different locations over a few days, but edit together well as a theme.
Don’t just shoot to your theme and ignore everything else. Any project you set should be a way to supplement the other pictures that you take. You can even be shooting a number of different ideas simultaneously.
It is always hard to work out what to do with your pictures when you get home. You might have hundreds, or even thousands depending on how much you travel and how snap-happy you are.
There are a number of places where you can display a gallery of images, from Facebook to Flickr. An edited gallery to a theme will often be more novel and of more interest to people looking at it than an endless travelogue. When editing your pictures try to select a good mix of subjects and picture styles. Be harsh with yourself and if you have two very similar shots, pick the best one only.
The same advice is true if you are planning on making a photo-book of your travels. As the prices for these are coming down more and more, people find this to be a perfect way to present their holiday pictures. Some people will make a book for each of their trips away. The books aren’t particularly cheap, but aren’t much as a percentage of a whole trip away!”
Steve Davey is a writer and photographer who has travelled extensively photographing for a range of publications worldwide. Steve has his own range of photography tours to some of the most exotic parts of the world, with all land arrangements provided by Intrepid Travel. Impressions of Morocco is a 9-day tour departing Marrakech on 20 April 2013. More information on bettertravelphotography.com.