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Photo Tip Friday; Research

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This weeks tip is about the importance of research to help you get great shots.

Pre digital and pre internet days research had to be carried out by looking at books, contacting tourist boards etc to give a good idea of the location I was visiting. Nowadays research is much easier with the internet. It really pays dividends to do good research prior to a shoot as it saves time when there and gives you a good feel for the place.

Also upon arrival at a location look at local postcards and travel guides to see where the location is usually being shot from. Then go scout out a new angle that is different to the standard view to make the shot stand out.

The shot below is of the Eiffel Tower which everybody knows what the whole tower looks like. For this shot I scouted out this location in spare time when the light was too harsh for great photography. I wanted to have just a small section of the tower in the shot with some old Parisian buildings giving scale and a sense of place and also wanted a Parisian night scene.

Paris, France, Europe, Eiffel tower and street scene La Tour d` Eiffel night time dusk

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The scouting paid off as this shot has been a great earner and used for countless different themes.


Author: Stephen Studd Photography

Stephen graduated from LCP in London in 1987 with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in photography. Since then he has travelled the world as a professional freelance travel & garden photographer. His photography has been published in many areas around the globe; from front cover of National Geographic magazine, to countless travel books, brochures and print media. His work has also been used in many advertising campaigns, with clients such as Fiat, Citigroup, Caribou Coffee, Expedia, BBC and countless others and his photography has picked up numerous international awards.. Stephen leads travel photography holidays and tours to Burma, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Vietnam & the USA. He also leads Bluebell photography workshops in Gloucestershire and landscape photography workshops in the Gower, Wales. Stephen can be contacted for commissions via his photography website.

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