As I write this article I’m still feeling a little groggy after recently returning from running my latest workshop in the Canadian Rockies. The jetlag may be affecting my mood somewhat, but nevertheless I want to write about something that has been bothering me for a while now, general manners while taking pictures.
Landscape photography is such a popular hobby these days; while ten years ago it was intriguing to arrive at a location and find another photographer already set up, now it is only to be expected. Encountering other people sharing the same passion as we do for photographing the landscape should be, and sometimes can be, a good thing. But with many locations getting increasingly busy, especially the well-known ones, I wish more people would act with a little more consideration for others.
A few years ago, while shooting at the popular Mono Lake in California, I was completely shocked by the attitude of a husband and wife photographer team. They arrived late to the party, while myself and others were already set up with our chosen locations awaiting sunset, and promptly started shouting at people (including me) to get out of their way. Their behaviour was abysmal and embarrassing, they even shouted at some small kids playing in the distance with their parents.
I know from frequent experience the anxiety that comes with wanting to capture the defining moment at a location, and the frustration that you can feel when others walk into your frame. Much of this stress could be avoided... [vision_notification style="tip" font_size="20px"]Read the whole article inside issue 69.[/vision_notification]