A Photographic Adventure
If you love to take photos, have time,have a flair for writing, perhaps can also videotape your adventure and count with some spending money then you can embark in what many will consider a one in a life time opportunity of conducting a photographic adventure.
This is not a brand new and innovative photo project. There is a similar concept already being produced by the Photo Xplorers television show which features a group of talented photographers who travel the world in search of good photographic projects, albeit they are mostly concerted on architectural subjects and usually abandoned projects.
The concept behind this particular project is to travel from location to location and capturing images of the goings on at each particular location, festivity or memorable scenes from each locale.
This would also make a good reality television show if it were ever brought to the small screen. You would literary search for events and scenic locations ,travel to the location and capture images that represents the location to its fullest in order to bring to your audience a taste of what it feels like with all the pertaining sites and participants for each that makes the location or event a photo worthy shoot worth covering.
There are no set rules or specialized equipment that fits one mold. Each venue has it owns requirements and you should prepare for each individually. It you can, also bring along someone to assist you in video taping your activities while you concentrate in photographing it. It also helps if you do a voice over recording of the coverage explaining in dept what is going on and your decisions to photograph what and why the images you capture are worth capturing in film or on a digital medium.
Perhaps the biggest factor worth considering as well as dedicating ample time to not only research but planning is what to photograph and why this particular event or location is worth taking the effort and spending the time documenting. This should be paramount.
For the project to be successful and in order to attract viewers, it would have to feature locations or events that are popular or offer something that many people wish they could see but are unable to.
Through your eyes and through your photographs you should guide your audience step by step in the technical choices, equipment, pleasing aspects of the shot and other elements of the scene.
You can start in your home town or general geographical are and move from there, assuming you find yourself able, capable and willing to do so.
Do not forget or overlook the fact that this project can be the basis for writing an e book or print media. There are many photographers as well as writers who regularly visit one or more locations in order to gather facts and other useful information about one or more particular subjects or elements for each and follow suit by writing about their adventure.
A variation which is also a practical one, is to take along with you a good photographic gear set up when you go on a vacation and photograph as much of the place as you consider worthy while you enjoy your travels especially if you count with one of the current models of cameras which also allow for videotaping as well as having the capabilities of taking still shots. Afterwards you can put what you learned into written form alongside your still shots and the video.
There are many publishers who regularly seek out new informative, well written and good photographed experiences from those who choose to embark in them.
Key aspects of the project involve capturing technically sound images, having a good writing "voice", possessing good editing skills, and using a good book publisher. But most importantly is that the location or event has to be interesting enough to embark upon. Good samples would be any of the festivals held each year in many places around the world such as the Rio De Janeiro carnival, Mardi Gras, The Tomatilla and many others.
There are also natural occurring events such as the annual migration of the vast wilder beasts herds in the African continent. Whale migrations, the Antarctic ice caps and so on.
Many if not all of these events have to be planned with enough time to make all the logistics fit into place and often have to be timed well in advance. Carnivals happen during specified times during the year but others such as those that nature has in store for us do not always follow a strict timeline and you have to allow for certain unplanned elements such as the delay of the start of the rains, the birth of young-lings and other facts.
Your presentation should include scenes arranged much like how it is done with thumbnails as well as including stand alone scenes.
Aim to capture scenes that tell a story not scenes that although photogenic, do not do much to showcase the location or how it may feel to actually be there and participating.
This is usually the hardest part of such a project because many photographers gravitate towards visually stunning vistas and often lose sight of other scenes which may do more for the project that those that appear as just some more "postcards" shots.
Whether you end up just capturing images or also accompany the project with a video, you must work really hard to ensure that both the photographs and the video are technically the best that can be done and truly encompass the atmosphere of the event or the location.
You are the eyes for those who can't be there but through your photographic efforts may one day end up visiting the locations and experiencing for themselves what you felt when you were there.
If you elicit a response from your audience then you can feel comfortable in the fact that you accomplished what you came there to do in the first place.
This feeling of accomplishment is often better than making an actual sale of your images because even if you are not successful in selling your photographs you at least know that you are a good photographer.
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