Every photographer wants to raise the bar of drama in their photography. This is one photo tip on how to capture drama in your travel photos. But before I share my opinion, I want to start by asking for yours. Please leave your thoughts in the comments today because there isn’t one right answer. This was a question I felt challenged by while in Angkor Wat.
Capturing drama feels easier to me when shooting portraits. People alone are full of drama and emotion. Even a local on her bike in the morning. Her face holds enough emotion to add drama.
But what about the ruins of a temple?
Yes, the architecture is amazing, but it has to be more for me. I needed to find dimension in the temples. I wanted to capture Angkor Wat in a way that brought these ruins to life. How to capture drama in your travel photos … means chasing the LIGHT.
The greatest difference between a pro photographer and amateur is often one thing.
The pro knows how dependent they are on exploiting the richness of light. The pro knows that with dramatic light, they can capture an image of a temple at noon (but it feels a little flat), or they can capture the monks walking to the temple at sunrise.