Here are some tips for taking pictures in a more photojournalistic style. It works great for when you are out-and-about with your family. However, also keep it in mind for when you go on vacation; these are all tips you can use at crowded tourist spots.
1. Shrug off your insecurity and ignore what people think. Yes, you have a camera with you and yes, you are taking pictures and everyone can see but you know what…who cares! Less people are probably watching you than you think and you will be SO glad you just took the pictures anyway. So throw caution to the wind and be confident.
2. Think about the story you want your pictures to tell. What sort of scene is this? Who are the players? What do I want the viewer to feel when they see my work? All of these thoughts need to run through your mind.
3. Watch your composition. Watch for straight lines, try not to chop people’s heads off or have things growing out of their head, use angles to only include what you want in the picture. Think about getting down low or climbing up high for different viewpoints.
4. Choose one lens and stick to it. You don’t want to be fumbling and switching lens and miss out on anything. Also consider the weight of the lens and camera, especially if you are going to be walking around all day. Our suggestion is a wider prime or zoom lens so you can capture as much of the scene as possible but also get closer and get the details. Our personal favorite is the Nikon 24-70.
5. Have fun and challenge yourself! You never know what you’ll find when you venture outside into crowded environments so keep your eyes open and your camera finger ready.