Travel Photography Tips
Few subjects capture the feel of any location like the people who live there. But unlike any other subject, they can talk back and react to you taking pictures, so it can be difficult to know how to approach portrait photography on your travels.
Whether you should ask permission when photographing people on your travels is a difficult question to answer. It´s usually a case of judging the individual situation, but if you want a posed picture, you're obviously going to ask the subject's permission, so it's worth getting to grips with a basic phrase to check that it´s OK to take someone's picture.
Even if you don't actually ask permission - when shooting candids, for example - try making eye contact with your subject at some point to make it reasonably obvious that you are taking pictures. This is easier if you shoot with a standard zoom (ex.: 18-55mm), rather than a telephoto lens (ex.: 70-300mm). If at any stage, the subject makes it clear that they don't want their picture taken, the advice is simple - walk away, respect others, don't get in trouble, the shot is not worth it.
The photo above was taken in Bairro Alto, Lisbon. When I saw the red stripes against the green door, I couldn't help myself. The cigarette smoking and the dark glasses were additional bonuses. The subject had all the makings of a very interesting character. I must admit though, I took the easy way out. I used a long lens and kept myself away. Take a look at the lady's face, I'm sure you share my concerns.