3 Tips for When a Photography Trip Doesn’t Go According to Plan

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

What is your number one fear when traveling to a new place? I’m sure most of us can say things like getting stranded, missing something, getting lost, and most recently having something Covid related happen to us. Sometimes I fear being considered a tourist, even though most times I visit somewhere that’s what I am. I even look like a tourist with my camera, backpack, fanny pack and hat. I guess the reason why I have that fear is because I don’t want to miss out on something because of something I am perceived to be. While I have destinations in mind when I travel somewhere, I try to keep myself open to seeing things when I travel that were not part of the original plan.

Have you ever visited a place, and you didn’t see what you intended to see? This happened to me when I visited @unccharlotte a few weeks ago. My daughter was having a drama camp there, so I decided to take one of the days and ride my bicycle around campus. I was looking for the botanical gardens that are located on campus. I tried to use the GPS on my watch, and I kept getting turned around. My goals were to take pictures of flowers and plants on that morning. That didn’t happen because I had the hardest time finding the gardens. I did, however, find this pretty water feature they have on campus, and I decided to take some slow shutter speed shots with it. I always have my filters with me because I never know what opportunities I might stumble on to.

Here are a few tips for when a trip doesn’t go according to plan.

😂 Laugh at the moment and laugh at yourself. I laughed at myself when I tried to find the gardens because they have signs on campus showing you where they are, and I still couldn’t find them.

➕ There is always more to one place than its highlight. Many times, some of my best photos taken at a particular place are not even the focal point of the location where I am at.

💼 Always be prepared for anything. I’m glad I brought my filters with me on this day. If not, I wouldn’t have been able to take these awesome slow shutter speed photos.

I hope these words of advice are helpful. What tips do you have for when things don’t go according to plan? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

12 replies to “3 Tips for When a Photography Trip Doesn’t Go According to Plan

  1. I’ve been through this before as my wife and I traversed America, trekked Nepal, cruised the Mediterranean and sampled European cities. We began to realise that photography is different from having a list of things to see not to be missed. Our solution was to have daily themes such as; today is an architecture day, next is a people day, next is a shops/markets day. All linked to being mindful. 🕉🕉🕉

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    1. Thanks, I used to go to certain places with the goal of taking pictures of that one thing or place. I realized I was missing out on other great opportunities. Some of my favorite photos come from me just wandering around.

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  2. THE BEST, MOST STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL & SPECTACULAR PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE ON THE VERY DAY YOU LEFT YOUR CAMERA AT HOME!! I CAN ALWAYS HEAR THE UNIVERSE SAYING, “HE IS LEAVING HIS CAMERA AT HOME, LETS THROW EVERYTHING INTO THE WOW FACTOR TODAY!! 🙂

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