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I love to travel and experience new places. I share this passion with many readers. Many believe that it will take a great location to take great photographs. That is simply not true.
Maybe you are reading this article at home, a place I might consider a great vacation destination.
Home Advantage for Photographers
Many of us do not realize our home advantage. Despite saving on travel expenses, we know the weather patterns, the secret locations and the events of our surroundings much better than the passing travel photographer ever will.
I have often been in a location with the weather being much less than ideal. When my travel plans do not permit to stick around for the perfect weather to emerge, I have to leave knowing that I could have taken better photographs if the weather had cooperated.
If you watch the weather forecast, you have a much greater chance to be at the right place at the right time if you are staying home.
You have been everywhere near home.
You have explored and photographed all the great locations near your home and now you feel that there are not many great shots out there anymore.
Now that you have gotten the mandatory “everyone-has-them” shots out of the way, you can finally focus on being creative.
Don’t let hordes of photographers with tripods distract you! Venture into uncharted territory with your camera ready and an open mind to trying new angles and new compositions. Initially you will produce a smaller number of successful images, but since you are close to home, you can always come back for more. There is no reason to rush things or to be disappointed from a day worth of shooting with absolutely no picture worth mentioning. You probably had a great time, seen a great location that you should come back to in better light, or have discovered something near home that not many people know of.
At the least you have expanded your horizon and you are well on your way to becoming a better photographer capable of finding your own compositions.
Let’s face it: All well known and famous locations are over-photographed to the point where you are guaranteed not to make a splash with another gorgeous photograph of the same place.
I loosely define home as the radius around your house or apartment that you can reach within a few hours of driving, hiking or biking - in case you were wondering what to photograph in your backyard. Everyone can be an expert about a location. Eventually this will result in better photographs.