Award-winning Los Angeles-based photographer Lorne Resnick was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His passion for travel and photography keeps him moving around the globe exploring different cultures and countries, capturing unique moments. Resnick’s striking commercial and fine-art images have been exhibited in galleries
across Europe and North America, and have been used commercially for annual reports, billboards, television, Web sites, and for worldwide advertising campaigns. He currently has eleven fine-art posters published of his travel work. He recently won the Travel Photographer of the Year and first place in the International Photography Awards.
Do you have any travel tips for better photographs?
While I’m sure everyone who shoots for a living is interested in creating great, beautiful, gorgeous images, I believe the key is to create impactful images. An impactful image is an image shot for, or targeted to, a specific audience that you wish a desired outcome from.
So, how to create more impactful images?
-Polish up on your historical literacy. If you don’t know the kind/quality of work that previous photographers have shot, how can you provide the marketplace (magazine/book editors, stock agencies, art galleries, and so on) with something different/better?
-Understand why you are shooting something. Are you shooting for the commercial market? Are you shooting for the fine-art market? Maybe you need to try some interesting effects. While iconographic images are always in demand (Eiffel Tower, pyramids, and so on), everyone and their mother has shot them, so you need to study what’s out there and come up with a unique view if you want to succeed.
-Learn to look critically at your work. Critically examine the work of other photographers as well as your own to understand why certain images work and why they don’t. Go beyond just looking at composition to explore other aspects of your image. What did you include and exclude in your frame? What kind of light are you using (golden light, midday)? What technique are you using, and why? Examine the moment that you captured that image. Is that the best possible expression of your subject? Figure 7.1 captures a dog gazing out of a window. This image has impact because of the feeling that it can evoke from the viewer.
How do you determine what conveys a sense of place, and do you research your
locations prior to traveling?
For me, a sense of place (which is very hard to define) comes from the ability to shoot emotion over content (which is a little easier to understand). Shooting emotion instead of content is the same: it’s difficult to define or describe, but you know it when you see it. You need to critically look at your own images and ask yourself “emotion or content?” Repeat it over and over like a mantra. Look at other photographers’ work and evaluate it - did that photographer shoot emotion or content? Eventually you will start to see it more clearly and then
incorporate it into your image-capturing skills. I generally research my locations before traveling there, but not too much. I don’t want to get so familiar with a place that I can’t see it with fresh eyes or I’m not surprised by it when I get there. But I do like to know how that place has been represented before so I generate fresh looks for the marketplace. Figure 7.2 was an image I pre-visualized after spending some time in Cuba. It seemed to say a lot about the place.
What essential gear do you pack when going on a travel photography trip?
Airline travel is always a challenge, or as I like to call it, a pain in the @#!. You can’t check your expensive and delicate camera gear. You have to pare down everything down to one, airline-legal, photo backpack or case and one smaller backpack.
My essential travel gear consists of:
-Two camera bodies and batteries
-Canon lenses; 14mm, 16-35mm, 70-200mm, 85/1.2, 9Omm TS-E
-Sensor cleaning gear
-Digital storage devices
-A good book