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|01-26-2013, 09:13 PM - 1 Like||#1|
Picture Taking Tips for (Biblical Site) Tourists
I've actually posted the info below on my blog, but I'll spare you the click there. I was prompted by someone else's post, but my real incentive to get this down is that I'll be leading a trip to Israel/Palestine/Jordan in January 2014, and I want to provide some advance instruction to aspiring photographers on the trip. Some of this is indeed specific to a biblical sites tour (Greece/Turkey/Israel/Palestine/Jordan/Egypt), but a lot of it is pretty basic stuff.
Please comment and add any other suggestions you may have! Thanks.
Charles Savelle at BibleX has posted an excellent series on Picture Taking Tips for the Holy Land, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. [HT: Todd Bolen at BiblePlaces] You will want to read his full posts, but I'll simply bullet-point them here, and add some additional comments of my own. I'm not a professional photographer either, but I've been working on improving my photography, and I've taken enough trips and photos to have opinions and thoughts on the matter!
In the previous post, I expanded on some of the excellent points about picture taking made by Charles Savelle. In this post, I'll add a few additional observations of my own that arise more from my experience than because of my expertise.
What kind of camera should I use? You may already have a camera you like, but if you don't, here are some things to consider.
What other gear do I need?
Consider using GPS. If you want to remember where you were when you took a picture, use GPS. Some cameras these days have GPS included and will include the location data directly with the photo. If your camera doesn't have that feature, you still have some options:
Try to practice photography and not just take pictures. This is harder to do and is moving from simply documenting a site to trying to capture the essence of the site. Is there a photographic opportunity you see that with one picture will help you recall the experience of that site? Can you find a scene that tells a story related to the situation? Be aware of the light and shadows and lines and patterns. Here's where you start thinking more like a photographer and an artist than simply as a tourist.
Relate your picture taking to your devotional practice. If you have some kind of morning devotion, use that Scripture to inspire you throughout the day. Where does that Word of God connect with what you are seeing. I'm not thinking so much literally: it's a passage about Paul in Ephesus so you take a picture of Ephesus. Think spiritually and abstractly! How is what you read experienced in what you are seeing.
Last edited by mgvh; 01-27-2013 at 01:37 PM.
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|01-26-2013, 09:50 PM - 1 Like||#2|
I would add: practice photography technique before you go. Get a reasonable course so that you can use all your equipment and be familiar with using it for whatever it does. Get all the basic things routine: focus, correct exposure with backlighting, using a lens hood, closeup (as close as your closest lens will go) an if you use a flash, getting the flash right with all the other settings.
Also, buy any camera equipment long enough before you travel to be able to practice using it at home befroe you go.
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|01-27-2013, 06:43 AM||#3|
Very good post. Todd Bolen was the guide/instructor for our seminary course in Israel, and he was very helpful also. Because this course involved a lot of hiking and carrying gear, and the main purpose was not great photography, I left my main cameras home and just took a super-zoom Lumix - and was very glad I did. I got several shots the Nikon guys missed while they were changing lenses and fussing over gear, and I've used the resulting work for lectures ever since. The quality is fine for PowerPoint projection. (And at my age, weight matters!)
Another hint: if you go up on the Temple Mount, make sure you don't leave your SD card in your laptop back in the hotel. (Ouch!)
I hope to go back and do it all again.
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