Why are most travelers shutterbugs?
I travel a lot, but have never carried a camera with me because I wanted to see places with my own eyes rather than through a camera lens. Downside to this habit is that I have no images to go along with my travel hubs. I find it amusing that most travelers spend their time clicking pictures. The obvious reason for this is capturing the moment for posterity. But are they enjoying the moment?
You pretty much answered the question yourself. Enjoying the moment, as you put it, is sometimes tough to do, so a photograph helps you relive the enjoyment.
If travellers only take photos then they miss much. Taking none misses out on the permanent image.
Striking a balance means viewing and appreciating so as to have a better understanding when actually taking the image, rather than just snapping away and moving on.
1.) The Job
IF someone has a job as travel photographer (Pro and Semi-Pro), then she/he MUST bring the camera (Plus the kits).
2.) Life = Moment
That's why we need to bring the camera to capture the moment. Life just once...Enjoy, Capture, and Memorize.
Everytime I go somewhere new, I always take my camera. I always find things to take pictures of. Even if is a flower or interesting looking tree, it doesn't matter that I have taken that picture. It helps me to remember where I was and what I was doing at that very moment. Sometimes, pictures help you relive where you had been.
Time! Capturing the moments allows me to share where I have been a lot easier. I have Auditory issues that affect my ability to communicate on the fly.
It also allows me to look back at moments I may have forgotten, allowing me to cherish them again!
I also love being a photographer!
Take a look at your pictures
How do you feel -- Warm and Fuzzy - - -then you enjoyed the experience which is why you were a shutterbug
BUT stand back a little and actually watch the people taking the pictures a while
You can almost identify their region in the world by how they take pictures
Mainland Europeans normally try to get their partner in the shot or even get someone to photo them together - - - proof they've been there
British - - They try to photograph the feeling of the place empty from quite a few angles
Japanese - they use their still cameras almost like a video shooting lots of frames per second
Americans - - try to get Everything in taking 100's of photo's of the places they visit to show their friends back home and if they can they try to get in the photo's themselves at any method
Me I am now signing off
The Wheelchair Paparazzi
For years it was in response to my best friend and her extreme picture taking. When we were young we had fun taking pictures. We would run to get our pictures developed and stare at them for hours and tell stories of our adventures. When she got married she and her husband started taking videos and the food would be cold by the time they finished taking videos or pictures. I understand they wanted to remember family and friends since they have lived all over the world.
With the advent of digital cameras BF has gotten faster at picture taking. Living all over the world has presented the challenges of storing pictures and she doesn't take so many.
Since writing for HP I have learned to take pictures with captuals in mind. Now I have become a shutter bug with my hubs in mind. I have also discovered that I see things in pictures that I missed when filtered through my own eye.
I love traveling. I don't think it's possible for me to tire of it. I'd like to try.
Anyway, I always carry my camera. If there is God created awesome beauty around me, I want to bring that memory back with me. I want to see the photo pass across the computer screen and take me back to the moment.
Even visiting historical buildings or places, I want to take away a piece of what I've seen. In the castle in my hub, I remember standing in this amazing building knowing that for centuries it has stood, people have passed through it, wars fought around it and here I am -- I want to take that moment back home, share it and remember it.
Even clicking away, I know I enjoy the moment. For instance, I remember the cold air and awesome quiet while standing high in the Smokies and looking far into the smoky blue. When I see one of the photos from that day, I'm there, again.
I love traveling and my camera is always with me. I do not think I am missing out on the moment with my camera. I take the time to enjoy the moment and the photos that I take help me enjoy it after the trip is over. The photos can also be shared with friends and family which again helps me enjoy the trip again.
That being said, you can probably get lost behind the lens and miss out on enjoying some of the sites. Like everything else, it is all in moderation. If you love taking pictures, you need to find that balance between enjoying with your 5 sences and enjoying with your camera.
Are you one of those people who take copious amounts of pictures when you travel? Or have you ever been on vacation and seen people who appear to have a camera permanently attached to them, taking endless pictures? Ever wondered why? There are many different reasons people become shutterbugs when they travel - this article explores a few of those reasons. read more
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