i am not a photo pro by any means. But, I do like to take pictures with my iPhone and with all of the beauty of the Camino, I found myself snapping tons of pictures. Here are some tips for taking photos along the Way.
- My first pictures of the day were the pages of the guidebook that I would need for that day. It was great to have quick access to this info without having to reach for the hard copy of the book. Because these pix were always the first items snapped for the day, They served as a chronological marker for organizing photos once I got home.
- Similar to taking photos of the guidebook pages, upon entering each town, I would snap a picture of a sign of the town. Even though every town has it’s own unique charm, because you may pass through 4 to 5 in a day, it is hard to keep them straight and remember which town is which.
- Take pictures of the people you meet. I didn’t do this early on and there are people who moved on more quickly than I and I don’t have photos of them. It doesn’t take long to realize that when you say goodbye to someone, it could be the last time you will ever see them. Capture the moment while you can!
- Selfies the easy way. Ju Hee from South Korea was a pro at selfies and now you can be too! Position yourself about 4-6 feet in front of the group you want to include in your photo. Get yourself into on side of the frame of the picture and snap away. For an edgy fun photo, tilt the camera on an angle.
- Make a photo book as soon as you get home while your Camino is still fresh in your mind. The memories will be invaluable for the rest of your life.
Great tips, Robin. Not only for Camino, but all trips, in my opinion.
Great tips – wish I would have read them sooner! I took great photos (if I do say so myself) with my iPhone – and even took pictures of the guidebook – but I didn’t use the latter to help with captioning my photos or to help recall. I also started taking pictures of the town signs my first and second camino, but didn’t do it with consistency and didn’t do it at all my third. In my blogs I often noted all of the towns and then didn’t in others. I also felt so strapped for time in blogging (plus I didn’t really learn how to do it until later) that I didn’t caption ANY of my pictures. And yes, I decided to photograph people too late – like in Santiago de Compostela (!) so of course I missed almost everyone by the omission. Great, Great tips!!
Thanks robbidenman! Most of these “tips” were serendipitous 🙂 but I thought they were worth sharing so thanks for confirming that. I took lots of photos and as a result many of my pilgrim friends left me in the dust so that was a downside for sure.