Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video A visit to the market, part of Travel Photography: Costa Rica.
- The city market in San Jose is a wealth of color and some fantastic food. You'll find all sorts of vendors with great things to sell. I shot bracketed exposures inside of this environment though because the lighting is incredibly mixed. If you ever find yourself in a marketplace, whether it's in the United States, or anywhere around the world, the lighting is usually terrible. You'll have incandescent light bulbs coming from shopkeeper's stands. You'll have the ability for sunlight to trickle in and dark shadowy corners.
By putting your camera into exposure bracketing, you're tripling, or maybe quadrupling, the chance that you'll get a well exposed photo. For that matter though, make sure you also add the benefit of raw. I typically will shoot with a bracket of one stop across, maybe two. But by shooting raw, I have much greater flexibility. This will make it simpler to clean up the noise because you'll likely be using a higher ISL. While you're doing all of this shooting, make sure you keep track of your equipment because you're going to be around a lot of people.
Remember, places that are public like this are often places that attract thieves because there's so many tourists. Keep your valuables like your passport or your wallet on an inside pocket of your jacket. This will make it simpler to keep track of it and don't bring an excessive amount of camera gear. Additionally, within the city market, make sure you have some cash so you can enjoy the food. I found that if I went up to a booth and bought something, people were pretty okay with me taking their picture. If you just walk around though and take photos without asking permission, it's really quite rude.
So make sure you have some local currency. There are wonderful delicacies to try and I found myself stopping at all sorts of different booths and counters, and this is a great chance to pick up some wonderful souvenirs and some elements. But remember, all of the food you buy, you're going to need to eat there. This is not something that you can typically fly back with.
Rich organizes the lessons by location and activity, so you can dive right into the type of photography that interests you: nature, landscape, macro, underwater, street, or architecture. First he covers packing and planning for a trip to Costa Rica. Then he visits five uniquely beautiful locations, starting with the remote mountain town of Monteverde, where he gets "close up" to wildlife and takes a GoPro along on a zipline tour. At Manuel Antonio, he shows how to shoot at the beach—in and out of the water—and create awe-inspiring time lapses. In Arenal Rich enters the rainforest and shoots with local chocolate and coffee growers, and in Caño Negro, he takes a river-boat tour. The trip ends in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, which offers great opportunities for shooting street photography and architecture.
The course closes with some in-field workflow tips to keep your images safe, and some post-production techniques to develop your photos in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Camera Raw.
- Understanding the geography of Costa Rica
- Packing and planning
- Photographing wildlife
- Taking a GoPro on a zipline ride
- Shooting at the beach and on the river
- Visiting the rainforest
- Enjoying local products: coffee, chocolate, and more
- Managing your data in the field: storage cards and drives