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Adding Local Flavor

When you’re visiting a place, try to use composition to capture the true essence of the location. I always try to add local flavor by framing an image in a way that gives a sense of time and place. When Staci and I take a group of photographers to New Orleans, we encourage them to capture the local flavor by creating a contest. We give prizes for the best musical photo, best bicycle photo, best food photo, etc. (Figure 4.26). This forces the photographers to keep an eye out for the things that really capture the place, even if they may or may not be drawn to them normally. It’s a way to expand your visual horizons while you’re traveling.

Figure 4.26

Figure 4.26 Look for opportunities that give a sense of time and place. In this image, I wanted to capture the festive feel of the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

ISO 160 • 1/180 sec. • f/11 • 35mm lens

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