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Chapter Nine. Taking Travel & City Life ... > Shoot Kids and Old People. It Can’t ...

Shoot Kids and Old People. It Can’t Miss

SCOTT KELBY

The next time you pick up a travel magazine, take a look at what’s in the photos they publish. I can save you the trouble. Their travel photos have two main people themes: old people and children. Now, when I say old people, I don’t mean people in their late 50s. I mean really old people, and by that I specifically mean old, wrinkly, craggy-looking women whose skin looks like shoe leather, and old, hobbly, crusty men with a cane wearing hats that haven’t been washed since the Korean War. As for kids, the younger the better (but skip the babies). As long as you shoot them on uncomplicated, simple backgrounds, kids make incredibly compelling additions to your urban and travel pics (that’s why the magazines love them). Also, if you get either age group to pose for you, make sure you spend some time talking with them before you start shooting—it can go a long way toward loosening them up, which will give you more natural looking poses and expressions (plus, they’ll probably let you shoot longer after you’ve built up a little rapport).


  

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