Slowmotion - Viaggi fotografici e Workshop di Fotografia

Travel Photography Tips

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  • Date: 01 / 10 / 2014

Travel and photography have become my food and my water.I feel the need of both of them. If I spend too long without one or the other I begin to feel a sense of tightness.


My creativity, this constant desire to make, create, design is just the result of the inspiration that comes from photography and traveling. I decided to jot down for you a list of tips on travel photography.A list built over these 7 years spent  exploring the world, cultures and myself through photography. Notes, technical tips, and ideas that I hope will help you on your future photos and journeys Remember that you do not have to go halfway around the world to begin your journey.Just get out and start to see the world with a different eye.


Creativity and observation skills are the basis of this type of photography. The fleeting moment is what I look for, a moment in which all the components of my composition are in perfect synergy giving  a sense of harmony and movement.Photography becomes a dance with  you and the world. Photography is a spontaneous reaction of the experience that blends with the circumstances  . Instinct supported by your knowledges and their culture.Grab the smallest details and let them become yours. observes. be different, study, sit down, drink a coffee, leave the camera, resume walking. Nothing comes from immobility: bend, climb, stand up . try to be spontaneous but first:  have fun :)




The photography journey is divided into 3 stages

  1. Preparation
  2. Travel
  3. Organization

1 - The preparation of the trip

Your photography journey starts at home. After deciding the destination I try to study how the place that I'm going to visit has been  already visually represented.- I look at reports and shots already made ​​to better understand the culture of the place and what stories I could tell.


- I see places i should  avoid not to stumble in  repetition

- I go on or similar  to see if there are interesting texts or photo books

- I look for local photographers and see their web sites-



I do not plan anything specificthese are the reference sites i use  to do researches


Before my  departure I prepare my backpack.

I try to travel light and carry with me only the equipment that I need.



I always write down  a checklist ... (otherwise I forget something for sure!)

  • - camera body and lenses (I always carry my Canon 5D mark III and a 17 - or 24 40L - 70L, 50 mm and 35 mm)
  • - batteries and battery chargers
  • - cards in abundance
  • - rain proof cover and plastic bags (useful for protection or to separate equipment)
  • - Cleaning Kit (fundamental)
  • - a smaller backpack
  • - salts of silicon, dryer bags (those bags that you can find shoe boxes) -   to put in my camera
  • - bags - essential to keep  moisture away and do not spoil the equipment
  • - tripod - only if your photographic style requires it
  • - maps of the place
  • - compass
  • - notebook and pen
  • - iphone o telefonino per street shots con il cellulare e per il gps


Finally on the road. Check-in done, the plane took off, helmet on your head, seat belts fastened .. camera ready! lets shooot!Every time I start a new report or explore a new place I am struck by the same Comes like a train and it makes my heartbeats go faster. I feel lost, I think I will never manage to give  justice to the place, I think there are too many things to tell.


Every corner is a discovery , every face surprises and excites me. This is the worst time orm me to shoot. The photography frenzy is counterproductive.  During The first few hours i want just walk, smell, observe and talk to people.My camera around my neck gives me a sense of security and belonging, but I try not to get overwhelmed by the urge to hide myself behind the viewfinder. Be patient, I keep repeating ...When this irrational impulse thins out by giving a little bit of space to my reason I begin to think about my shots, keep calm, be calm, and click :)


-be spontaneous

-greet and smile as much as possible

-talk with the locals

-get dragged to events, unexpected private , festival and whatever it comes

-Shyness has not  to become an obstacle

-meet new people



  • The human component is  the difference between a describing photograph and a photo which is able to tell stories .

  • Try to make include people in your shots.

- Shoot RAW (apart from the color depth and dynamic range, you have a broader possibilities in post production)

-Always have your camera ready, but do not live the moments just behind your lens.

-change iso according to the light conditions. it has to become a spontaneous action

-change settings before you take that coffee at the bar! the camera has to be  always ready! (yap! i say it again!)

-leave the lens cap in your bag and if you are concerned about scratches use a filter to protect it  ( ND0 )

- use your favourite shooting mode any but you must have full control of your image, light, and then having the full capacity to decision on your photography.

-I prefer aperture priority A or P program

- Always use M for the evenings and nights

-be always ready but never in rushed

-dare ... DARE! the only really wrong shot is the one you have not taken

-observed ... LOOK! take your time, pay attention to every detail

-prevent and plan action. observe the world around us, try to understand and prevent the unfolding stories to be able to seize the moment

-think about the decisive moment - (Bresson) when camera, heart and head are aligned, creating a great image

-think of the  several layers that constitute our images. What is happening in the foreground? in the middle? in the background? there may be other elements that would give depth to our image? are There empty spaces that a possible human figure could fill?

-create your comPosition and wait for all the elements to collide into your image

-gives humanity to your snaps -  inserting human figures, silhouette, portraits, body parts

-the golden light is at dawn and  mainly after  the sunset, but having a restricted amount of  time you would better to be ready to take advantage of the midday direct light  and misty town- be creative , you will sort it out

-observed the shadows

-during the worst time try to photograph the interior:  pubs, clubs, churches.

-with gray skies and gloomy atmosphears try to use a nice 50mm to blur as much as possible and give life to the details

-chase the light that filters from the windows

-overexpose to give effect to the fatuous and dreamy environments

-do not follow the masses, avoid the touristy places

-you must be the first to be surprised!  whether in your backyard or in Vietnam remember to be as much  surprised as you can.

-Walking .. walking ... walking, walking

-visit markets, buy merchandise and sample local food and drinks

-make yourself a little ridiculous, and be self ironic

-stop for a coffee or a beer., forget your photographs and relax

-Look out  to gather ideas and feel the culture of the place.



    -look for details

    -break the rules

    -compose paying attention to every inch of our composition - ALL COUNTS, everything must have a meaning in our shots

    -try!  a not shot photograph is 100% wrong

    -be persistent but not stubborn, obstinacy blurs reason and creativity. Perseverance will let you find creative responses

    -when the sky turns deep blue, try to use a 17-40 on full frame: P or a mobile phone with instagram (

    -taste and photograph the local food and who cooks it

    -Play with your subjects.

    -make your outfit look a bit  shabby , mask your equipment using  tape and cloths

    -stay in touch with the people you took pictures of .  ask them  a emailin order to send them the shots

    -build relationships, even for a few minutes, few words may lead to an unexpected and unique bond

    -My best shots were taken thanks to local advices

    -always respects your subjects if you want to be respected

    -motivates your decisions, make your subjects understand why you are interested in a photo or their  portrait

    -Be honest, do not hide, do not look or act like a thief, you have nothing to be ashamed of.

    -by showing  that you are afraid is like admitting  that you're doing something wrong. (Even if it is not true)

    -use  better your body language. be self confident  but never provocative.

    -do not look for excuses: the old camera, the lens are not professional, too many people, uninteresting light, .. these  are all irrelevant in travel photography  - creativity, decision-making, attention and alertness are worth much more than any professional camera.

    - take another coffee


3 – Organization

The organization after a journey is as important as the preparation and the shooting itself so i ll write another article about this . A small Post Scriptum about our project slowmotion:


The love of traveling and photography has pushed  me to start up a project called slowmotion : photography holidays and workshops. During our travjourney and workshops we will try to apply all I have previously shared with you. Photography will become a way to discover, share and fun:


Learn about slowmotion on


and the facebook page


"Travel and photography were the two things that have characterized my life. I studied photography, practiced  and taught it. At the same time i was boosting  my creativity and knowledges of the world through my travels. my journey have always begun driven by the desire to discover, learn and photograph. A  mutual  love that compensate and fulfill each other  Photography prompted me to travel and traveling had allowed me to photograph. Two passions that have led me to live an active life , Full of adventures, experiences and opportunities. My training led me to graduate and specialize in visual communications,  photography and photo journalism. My restlessness dragged me to discover placesand unbelivable  realities .  I always did what I loved and from this i decided to create  SLOWMOTION.


After years of traveling it was the time to create something starting from my homeland SICILY. Sicilia has always been among my favourite places and i wanted to create something around it . finally I had the tools to do so. Slowmotion is the only one reality  of Photography tourism in Sicily.

From this idea slowmotion then extended his views aiming to explore other places.


Some of the greatest Italian photographers have embraced this idea becoming  the tutor of some of our workshops


Roberto Zampino

Sono un fotografo documentarista/ritrattista. Ho vissuto e lavorato come fotografo e insegnante di fotografia a Cipro, in Italia e Londra. Specializzato in fotografia di viaggio, sport e “story telling” , producendo fotografie che combinano il mio coinvolgimento con i soggetti con un estetica unica e mai distaccata. Sono un fotografo “out there” , nomade, con il particolare talento di adattarmi ad ogni situazione e ambiente creando legami unici con i soggetti delle mie fotografie . ____________________________________
I am a documentary portrait photographer - I lived and worked as a freelance and photography teacher in Cyprus , Italy and London . My speciality is story telling photography, extreme sport and travel photography. I try to shoot combining my engagement with my subject and with a unique and never detached vision and esthetic. I am. Out there nomad photographer with the particularity of being able to adapt to any environment and situation creating bonds with the subjects of my photography.

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