I made a huge mistake.
As a photography hobbyist, I love snapping dozens of photos when exploring new places. Whenever travelling for work or fun, my DSLR camera is always packed next to my passport and boarding pass. Unfortunately, on my first major trip with my wife (then girlfriend), I royally messed up our vacation photos.
“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes I’m thinking of making a few more.”
Backpacking across Costa Rica, we tried to keep our gear as light as possible. For me, that meant being very selective about what photography gear to pack – a great feat, considering my excitement at photographing every step of our journey.
Beginning in San José, we made our way around the country by bus, boat and shuttle. We climbed a volcano and zip lined in La Fortuna, hiked to a secluded waterfall in Montezuma, ate lunch with monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park and lounged in a spectacular infinity pool in Alajuela. All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime, but if you look at my photos, you’d never know we were there.
I have hundreds of photos of fluorescent frogs, close-ups of stunning plants and flowers, crashing waves and weird and exotic animals in their natural habitat, but barely a dozen photos of my wife and me!
While I was pleased with many of the photos, the surroundings only captured a fraction of the memories. Looking at photo albums, it’s the photos of our friends, families and other loved ones that always bring back the strongest memories.
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
From that initial camera misfire, I’ve learned to put people first. Now, whenever stopping to snap a photo of stunning scenery or unique architecture, I capture the memories first and photos second.
Do you have any photography regrets? What are your top travel photography tips?