Asking the Locals to Take Travel Pictures

Aug 7, 2014

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Asking the Locals to Take Pictures for you


Asking the Locals to Take Travel Pictures by JennyPlamondon

When traveling, everyone wants to have nice pictures of them enjoying their trip. A tripod can come in handy, but sometimes it’s simply too busy to set one up and not to mention carrying one around is inconvenient and actually setting it up properly to make sure you have the perfect picture with you in it can be time consuming. Taking all of your pictures of yourself from arm’s length away (the “selfie” shot) isn’t a very good way of incorporating the backgrounds into your photos. So what is the solution? A great way to make sure you get that perfect shot is to simply ask the locals! If asked politely, most will be more than willing. Do not be deterred if some aren’t interested as they may be too busy. But what is the best way to ask the locals to take photos of you and your travel companions?

Say Thank you to the Thai

A great way is to thank the locals in Thai (“Kob Khun”) as it makes them feel appreciated that you’ve come to be more than a tourist and that you’re genuinely interested in the local culture. Feel confident in the Thai words that you do know: an effort – even a failed one – is always appreciated. Always be friendly, smiling, and polite to whomever you’re asking the favour from. Do not be too friendly, however. Thai people do not publicly express their feelings, so although it may be in your nature to hug them or some other physical act to show your appreciation, this should be avoided. A simple “Kob Khun,” smile, and friendly demeanour is more than enough.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3122″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeInUp” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]Being approachable is a great way to get someone to help you out. Also remember to be patient, especially with more complicated cameras. Try to make sure your camera is on the simplest setting (some sort of point-and-shoot setting) so that it’s quick and the person taking the photo doesn’t become confused. Also be grateful: do not get upset with the person taking the photo if it’s not perfect. They’re usually willing to redo it for you for good cause. On the other hand, they are not your personal photographer. Do not ask them to continuously take the same picture over and over because theirs didn’t meet your standards, or to take so many pictures that you’re eating up all of their time. Most likely this person isn’t a professional photographer and is trying to do their best. Always remember that they are doing you a favour. They are not obligated. If you follow these tips, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a local to help you capture your perfect moments.

Do you have tips and technique for taking travel pictures with the local? We would love to hear your story


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