Thailand Dispatch #1: Grasshoppers for dinner
They were all staring at me.
I had no choice. I grabbed a grasshopper with my chopsticks, squeezed my eyes shut, and threw it in my mouth.
Bonnie here, coming to you after our photo expedition in Thailand, where I traveled and took photos alongside a pretty daring group of attendees.
We ended our first day of living the travel photographer’s life by sampling the food in a gorgeous market in Chiang Rai, where the stalls were full of freshly fried noodles… chicken strips… big juicy prawns… and these delicious clay cauldrons of soup that came out and sat boiling on the table in front of us.
And what did Aimée go for? Grasshoppers. She made us all eat some, too. See photos here:
To tell you the truth, it was great. Sure, it’s not what you’d eat back home. But that’s what travel is all about. (Besides, it made me appreciate my soup even more.)
For a travel photographer, one of the most fascinating things about Thailand is the markets. They’re a compact little adventure with photo opportunities at every turn. They do tend to be pretty dark, though. And things move quickly, so you don’t always have time to adjust your camera settings to get enough light.
Lucky for us, our instructor, professional photographer Rich Wagner, was with us every step of the way. He told us exactly what to do to help ensure we get a good picture.
Don’t have a professional photographer by your side? No problem. Turn your camera’s ISO to auto. Today’s cameras do a good job of automatically adjusting their sensitivity to light. I won’t go into the technicals, but basically setting your ISO on auto means your camera will do all the thinking for you, and you’re more likely to get shots that are in focus, rather than a mushy blur.
So, next time you’re going to shoot in a situation where it’s not very bright and things move quickly, go into your menu and turn your camera’s ISO to auto.
Tomorrow, I’ll share another trick Rich showed us in Thailand for taking dazzling night shots without worrying about your camera settings.
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