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The Travel Photo Essay by Mark Edward Harris

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CHAPTER 7 Case Studies

 

 

 

If I am both writing and illustrating a story, I have more freedom as to what I will be photographing, as they are my words paired with my images. I’ll do some advance research and jot down “must shoot” locations but will not be so overprepared as to close myself off from other opportunities. But it’s a balancing act. You want to be open – as the saying goes, you can’t pour anything more into a full cup – but at the same time you don’t want to be missing an obvious element that readers will appreciate or gain a better understanding from your visual interpretation. For example, doing a story on historic Kyoto without giving your photo editor or art director an image of the Golden Pavilion would be an oversight. ...

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