THE STRONGEST PORTRAITS offer more than a flattering representation of a smiling face. So often we judge images of ourselves and others by how attractive we look in them, but anyone can take a nice photograph of a friend or stranger isolated on a studio backdrop or against a benign wall. When we step into the realm of travel portraiture, traditional concepts of beauty are immediately less important than sense of place, cultural insight, and summation of a moment.

In your travels, the best portraits will utilize setting, atmosphere, activity, and experience—or in other words, the environment of a moment. Whether you’re ...

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