Thailand is one of the world’s best locations for photographic opportunities. It is a country full of stunning landscapes, exotic coastlines, tropical islands and cultural diversity. Thailand is also a real pleasure to travel around – there are plenty of easy transport links available, English is widely spoken and the local people are very friendly. If you are travelling around Thailand with a camera then read on for some top tips on how to make the most of photographing this fabulous country:
Thailand is a stunningly beautiful country full of natural resources, so photography should focus on its diversity – from the lush rugged mountains of Northern Thailand to the exceptional sunsets of the West Coast and the endless, serene rice fields. Try long shots to capture the scale of the different landscapes and adjust the colour balance when photographing around the islands as the light can be very strong.
Photographing local people is a truly fantastic way to convey the feel and authenticity of a country. Try and capture local people in diverse locations, particularly cities, islands and rustic villages. Where possible stay off the beaten track – by discovering little-known villages and city side streets, you will truly capture the heart of this incredible country. Take action shots of daily life – children playing in the streets, women working in the markets and don’t miss the opportunity to take discreet photographs of the iconic Buddhist monks in their striking orange attire. Thai city streets can get extremely dusty so it’s a good idea to have a protective filter and cap with you at all times.
Some of the most exciting photography can be taken in the midst of the colourful chaos of local markets. Make sure you arrive early and immerse yourself in market life – don’t miss the chance to capture images of fresh produce, colourful fruits, street food, flowers and vegetables. There will be a rich diversity of people to photograph, both selling and buying. If you have time, then a visit to floating markets is a must – you can offset the tranquillity of the turquoise waters with the hustle and bustle of market life.
Thailand is a real treat for the senses and is exceptionally rich in colours, texture and patterns. Make the most of the country’s palette by photographing textiles, clothes, sunsets, coastlines, mountains and statues. Thailand is also full of beautiful murals and wall art which come up very well on camera.
Thai temples are world famous and are a photographer’s dream – you can invest in a high quality lens and take some fantastic close-up shots capturing the ornate designs, colour and intricate detail of the Buddha statues, or opt for a long shot which takes in the sheer size and scale of these iconic buildings. Many temples are surrounded by a chain of bright flags which provide a perfect focus for your photography.
Capturing Thailand’s tremendous natural beauty, diversity and culture is a wonderful challenge. Around every corner there are countless photo opportunities and it is every bit as rewarding to capture daily life and street markets as it is to focus on temples and the islands. Your biggest challenge will be how to begin editing your photographs once you arrive home!
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America. His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City. Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe. Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Have a story that needs to reach national media? Email him today.
In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires
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