Monday, May 2, 2016

Photograph Where You Are (Even If You Don't Think It's Particularly Interesting)

Love - Tehachapi, California
When you see the work of other photographers, and they are capturing wonderful images of interesting far-off locations, it can be discouraging when you don't have similar opportunities. You think that if you could visit those great places you could capture some great photographs. Am I right?

It would be wonderful to travel the world. It would be awesome to see amazing places. But not everyone gets to do that. Maybe someday you will. But right now that just isn't possible.

Even though you can't photograph the interesting travel destinations across the world, there are opportunities to capture great images right where you are. You don't have to travel to be a travel photographer. No matter where you live, there are people who travel to near where you call home to vacation. Within a short drive--perhaps even within walking distance--are places worth photographing that people travel to see.
Lines & Shadows In Monochrome - Tehachapi, California
It might be a campground. It might be a museum. It might be a historical site. Perhaps a park. Local shops. There are places all around that other people are traveling to see. These places might not be well-known, but they are known by some. Or maybe you can demonstrate through your photographs that these places should be known.

Sites near your home offer great photographic opportunities for you. You can visit these places on a limited budget. It's just around the corner from you, so it doesn't require a huge time investment. You can get to know these places intimately, which will give you a leg up on photographers just passing through.

There are things worth photographing near you, even if you think that where you live is boring. There are subjects in your neighborhood that would make great photographs. It just takes someone with vision to see it, compose it and capture it.

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