Louvre , Paris 2012 Cano5D MarkII
Tavel photography usually give more emphasis to the scenery by not including people or personalities into the picture. I do the opposite. I find it more interesting when people, even a crowd, are included in a landmark or scene. To me, it adds a whole new perspective and layer. People also add a special vibe plus inject the mood and feel of a place.
My tip though when adding people is zooming out— means that if you are using a DSLR or compact camera, apply the widest focal measurement your lens can reach. Then use a wide Depth Of Field (DOF 7.1 and over) to capture the entire scene and place. But if you are using a camera with a prime lens (a fixed focal lens like a 50mm, 90mm etc) or a phone camera, you will achieve this by stepping back until you fill up the frame. Which leads me to say that FRAMING is essential to a well composed shot. If you are, lets say, capturing an iconic building or an area with in a busy street and want to capture how busy it really is or how calm the place looks, make sure you have the correct orientation (portrait or landscape) to make sure details are not missed: landmarks , buildings, reactions, movements , everything you can include to portray a lifestyle or story.
Here are some more of my favourite captures from past travels which I think explains what I mean …
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, 2013 , Canon5DMark I
Hanoi 2011 , Canon G12
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 2013, Canon G12
Ginza Tokyo Apple Store 2013, Canon 5DMark II
Shinsaibashi, Osaka 2013 , Canon G12
Pub Street, Siem Reap 2013, iPhone
Adding people is a personal preference and a judgement call. It may work in some scenes or not. My take is : It is always best to try and take as many shots as possible until you find that perfect mix and balance of whatever it is you are capturing. Try it!
Watch out for more photo tips! If you have any tips or tricks , share them with me. Or If you have questions drop me a line. I will find the time to reply to the best of my knowledge