Rosanne Pennella; Have Camera, Will Travel:
• Cameras: Two Nikon F100 35mm bodies, and Nikon D100
and D2X digital SLRs.
• Lenses: 12–24mm f/2.8, 17–35mm f/2.8, 35–70mm
f/2.8, 80–400mm VR f/4.0–5.6, 70–200mm VR f/2.8, and 105mm
Six Tips On Getting Up Close And Personal
1. “Photographing people in other cultures is like a
dance,” Pennella notes. “I think it’s important first to be
comfortable with your camera and yourself.”
2. “You must also respect your subjects—be considerate
of their feelings. You sometimes have to negotiate back and forth. Be friendly
and easy-going, but at ease with commanding the situation.”
3. “When I photograph a person, I often start with an
environmental portrait,” she points out. “Then I work closer and
take more tightly-cropped shots. At that point, I often shoot details such as
hands or feet or an interesting belt or earring.”
4. “By working deliberately—decisively and quickly—you
can put people at ease,” she advises. “Paying attention to visual
cues is important as well. People will let you know in a non-verbal way whether
or not they are comfortable. I never move close to someone who is showing signs
of discomfort. That’s when I put the camera down and re-connect with the
subject to see if I can move closer. If not, I end the session there.”
5. “I find foreign subjects to be extremely cooperative,”
she adds. “Personal space issues tend to be significantly less important
outside the U.S.A. Also, I think that who I am in these places changes a bit,
too. I lose some of my reserve and I’m more open.”
6. “The creation of a photograph between two people is
about the two of you working together—it’s not just about you as
images have appeared in numerous magazines, travel guides, brochures
and on book covers. She describes her photographic style as “color
saturated, graphic and intimate.”
Seven Favorite Accessories
1. A thorough guidebook to preplan photo shoots.
2. Diffuser for a flash unit, in white and gold.
3. Portable voice recorder for taking notes.
4. International power converter/adapter kit.
5. An ultra-thin circular polarizer.
6. A sturdy camera bag.
7. Travel clothing with large pockets for filters, memory cards or film.
To see more of Rosanne Pennella’s work, visit her website at www.rosannepennella.com.