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INSPIRATION + ASSIGNMENT #51
When we ask our students why they want to learn photography, many answer that they want to improve their travel photographs.
Nothing better than travelling to ignite a desire to photograph more. A camera can be your best companion whether you travel with a group or alone. While new places, peoples and scenery are easy sources of inspiration, it is also easy to fall victim to cliches.
When things are new around us, everything attracts our attention. In the digital era, when we have thousands of clicks to shoot, a lot of people photograph everything without really thinking about it, simply capturing as much as possible of what they see.
This is a mistake. Whenever visiting a new place, we need to stop for a while and observe, try to define what attracts us most and, more importantly, what story we would like to say about the destination. When we do that, we create a frame of mind that influences our choices and, incredibly, we start seeing things that would be invisible otherwise.