Summary of All 52 Categories of a Shot List for Non-iOS Users

 

Summary of the Complete

52 Categories of a Shot List

for Non-iOS Users

 

As promised, here is a compilation of all 52 categories of a shot list as found in the My Shot Lists for Travel app.  I hope you’ll use this information as the basis for creating and customizing your own shot lists.

What other categories can you think of?

 

Abstracts - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Essaouira, Morocco

Abstracts

An abstract image, the subject of which may be by definition unrecognizable, can still allude to something unique about the place you’re shooting.

 

 

Aerials - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Cappadocia, Turkey

Aerials

Take advantage of opportunities to show a destination from above, for instance, while sitting in your airplane seat or enjoying a balloon ride.

 

 

Agriculture - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Punakha, Bhutan

Agriculture

Images that exhibit agricultural scenes can provide partial insight into what the local economy is based on.

 

 

Architecture - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Jaipur, India

Architecture

If the place you’re shooting has a distinctive style of construction or building material, be sure to highlight that fact with your photography.

 

 

Art - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Berlin, Germany

Art

A culture’s style of artwork, whether enduring or temporary, will often be unique to the place. Capturing the locals engaged in its creation will be a bonus.

 

 

Closeups - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Close-ups

Getting in close on a particular subject is frequently a perspective few make an effort to represent.

 

 

Color - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Jaipur, India

Color

Vibrant colors can provide impact to an image, and may even have their own exclusive association to a place, so be on the lookout for those opportunities.

 

 

Contrasts - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Trinidad, Cuba

Contrasts

Be cognizant of marked visual differences between modern and ancient, natural and man-made, and other examples that represent opposing ends of the cultural spectrum.

 

 

Culture and Customs - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Trinidad, Cuba

Culture & Customs

Be on the lookout for distinctive habits or behaviors, and the instruments, if any, used in their practice.

 

 

Details - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Ortahisar, Turkey

Details

Look deeply into the scene to capture the parts that make up the whole. Detail shots are often the difference between a good set of images and a great one.

 

 

Establishing Shots - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Establishing Shots

Give your viewers a real sense of the place you’re photographing by providing a wide, overall perspective.

 

 

Everyday Life - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Alexandria, Egypt

Everyday Life

Show the locals involved in seemingly mundane and ordinary activities, just doing what they do on a regular basis.

 

 

Fashion and Style - My Shot Lists for Travel by Ralph Velasco

Bumthang Valley, Bhutan

Fashion & Style

The manner in which its citizens dress, whether in traditional outfits, uniforms, hats or other articles of clothing, can provide a look into what’s important to, or typical of, a culture.

 

 

Flags - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Havana, Cuba

Flags

Time and again, national pride is expressed by the simple display of a country’s flag. Look for city, state and regional examples, as well.

 

 

Flora - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Near Essaouira, Morocco

Flora

If there’s a particular tree, flower or other plant that’s found only at or near your destination, you’ll undoubtedly want to represent it on your shot list.

 

 

From the Water - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Joklsarlon, Iceland

From the Water

Venture out to the local river, lake, glacier lagoon or other body of water to capture a destination from what’s likely to be a non-traditional angle.

 

 

 

Gastronomy - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Oaxaca, Mexico

Gastronomy

Many regions of the world are renowned for a special food, spice or style of cooking that is distinguishing; seize any opportunity to portray this.

 

 

Golden Hour - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

On the Nile, Egypt

Golden Hour

Capture your destination in the soft, warm glow of the golden hour, that time of day on the fringes of sunrise and sunset.

 

 

History - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Ephesus, Turkey

History

Whether ancient or recent, historical settings can be perfect opportunities to transport the viewers of your imagery to another place and time.

 

 

Holidays - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Near Bumthang, Bhutan

Holidays

A community’s traditions for celebrating the holidays can vary from place to place and will often provide valuable insight into their way of life.

 

 

Humor - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Pashupatinath, Nepal

Humor

Be prepared when funny or spontaneous circumstances present themselves. This is one category that typically can’t be predicted or planned for, but when you see it, you’ll know it!

 

 

Icons - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Icons

Look to portray subjects that are universally associated with, or otherwise characteristic of, the place you’re capturing.

 

 

Industry - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Fes, Morocco

Industry

If the place you’re shooting has a particular industry it’s commonly identified with, seek it out.

 

 

Interiors - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

El Jadida, Morocco

Interiors

Try not to get caught up in just showing the exteriors of the local buildings and architecture—bring your viewers inside.

 

 

Landmarks - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Agra, India

Landmarks

Most locations have at least one prominent structure or geographic feature they’re immediately identified with, so these should be high on your shot list.

 

 

Landscapes - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Tuscany, Italy

Landscapes

Although this genre of photography is a discipline all to itself, be prepared to capture the expansive scenes that set a destination apart.

 

 

Language - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Language

Look for opportunities to show the local language or languages being used in your destination.

 

Man-Made Wonders - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Near Paro, Bhutan

Man-Made Wonders

The ingenuity of humans is remarkable, so when you stumble upon an example of how engineering has overcome the seemingly impossible, illustrate that.

 

Markets - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Casablanca, Morocco

Markets

Seek opportunities to document the action and myriad people at the local market, as well as the colorful and often exotic displays you’re sure to encounter.

 

Motion - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Havana, Cuba

Motion

Be aware of situations to slow down your shutter speed in order to show motion, especially if your subject could be considered a local icon.

 

Music - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Music

Depicting street musicians playing traditional and other instruments can be a great way to provide the spirit of a place for your viewer.

 

Natural Wonders - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Natural Wonders

Visiting a national park, or the location of virtually any geologic wonder, will most certainly provide countless opportunities to capture the place at its finest.

 

Neighborhoods - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Fener and Balat, Turkey

Neighborhoods

Exploring where the locals reside will surely provide a window into the world of how a particular culture lives and what’s important to its people.

 

Night Scenes - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Rhyolite, Nevada, USA

Night Scenes

Capturing a city or other location after dark will give your viewers a completely unique sense of the place.

 

Panoramas - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Istanbul, Turkey

Panoramas

Although they take a bit of practice to get right, if your subject warrants, make an effort to capture it in either a landscape or a portrait panorama.

 

People - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Battambang, Cambodia

People

The citizens are going to be the heart and soul of a place and its culture. The great majority of destinations warrant extra effort in this category.

 

Recreation - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Camlik, Turkey

Recreation

Capture scenes of leisure activities to show what keeps the people engaged in their free time.

 

Sacred Sites - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Prague, Czech Republic

Sacred Sites

Highlighting places of worship, and the details that make them up, often reveals how a particular religion shows respect and reverence for its ancestors.

 

Seasons - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Murlo, Tuscany, Italy

Seasons

If time permits, be sure to explore a place as it changes with the seasons throughout the year.

 

Self Portrait - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Camlik, Turkey

Self-Portrait

We often forget to make pictures of ourselves, so capture a self-portrait now and then, especially in iconic situations or with prominent landmarks as a backdrop.

 

 

Shopping - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Shopping

Admiring colorful and interesting displays is another form of recreation for those interested in retail therapy, or just gathering items for everyday existence.

 

Signs - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Bergama, Turkey

Signs

Look to capture local signs in shops and stores, but also consider photographing signs that tell of the destination you’re shooting.

 

Skylines - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Chicago, IL, USA

Skylines

Often referred to as the signature of a city, special effort should be made to gain a vantage point from which to capture even a part of a location’s skyline effectively.

 

Souvenirs - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Souvenirs and Crafts

Images of objects created by the local artisans will often be easier to bring home than the actual items themselves.

 

Sports - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Bumthang Valley, Bhutan

Sports

A particular sport or activity that’s closely identified with a place or region of the world deserves special attention. Be on the lookout for people engaged in that activity, too.

 

Storytelling - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Coptic Cairo, Egypt

Storytelling

Not every shot needs to be a masterpiece, but often a scene will deserve being photographed simply because of the back-story you’ll be able to tell about it.

 

Street Scenes - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Street Scenes

Be alert to photo opportunities that depict a typical moment in time on the streets of a place.

 

Themes - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Themes

Whether it’s doors or crosses, or people doing certain things—whatever it is that interests you—look to create a series of images representing a particular subject matter or idea.

 

Traditions - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Pashupatinath, Nepal

Traditions

Some cultures have particular customs or rituals that may seem out of the ordinary to foreigners, so be sure to demonstrate this with your photography.

 

Transportation - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

On the Nile, Egypt

Transportation

Distinctive ways that people move from place to place—whether by man-made contraptions, beasts of burden or other means—should be a part of your portfolio.

 

Underbelly - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Alexandria, Egypt

Underbelly

The reality of most places is that there’s a dark underbelly, and as disturbing or provocative as it may be, a complete cultural portrait should reveal that side, as well.

 

Wildlife-Fauna - My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone by Ralph Velasco

Reykjavik, Iceland

Wildlife/Fauna

Animals exhibiting special behaviors—often found only in a particular location or region—will help you to tell the story of what was unique and compelling about that place.

 

CONCLUSION

So there you have it, all 52 categories in one place, complete with descriptions and sample images, direct from the My Shot Lists for Travel app.  If you’re looking to create a more well-rounded set of images that will allow you to tell the story of any destination, working from a highly-crafted shot list is the best place to start.

Feel free to use this information to create your own shot lists, and you can do this by making a spreadsheet, using a generic Notes app on your smartphone, or simply going old school and using pen and paper.

 

                  Now get out and shoot!

 

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ABOUT MY SHOT LISTS FOR TRAVEL APP CREATOR RALPH VELASCO

 

Bio Picture of Ralph Velasco in Los Rios, California by Jenny McMasters Photography

Ralph Velasco

 

Ralph Velasco is a Southern California-based travel photography instructor, author and international guide who has led tours to Cambodia, Egypt, Morocco, Iceland, Central Europe, Spain, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Chicago and other locations in the United States.  He’s also participated in more than a dozen Humanitarian and People-to-People Exchange programs in Cuba and he was recently selected one of the Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World for 2014.

Ralph is an award-winning travel blogger and founder of PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc., and he’s the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iPhone, an organizational and tracking tool designed to help travelers of all photography skill levels to bring home a more well-rounded set of images of any destination or subject, which is now FREE on iTunes.


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