Two photos you should always take

I don't want to stifle your creativity, but there are two shots you should always try to take: one is the post card, the other is the personal. 

The post card is the photo that establishes exactly where you are and provides context for the rest of the shoot. If I only see a part of the scene, I might not know exactly how it fits into the larger picture. I often borrow a term from the video and film world and call this the establishing shot. Try and take at least one picture that demonstrates the location, time, or mood of your shot.

At the Maine Avenue Fish Market, my establishing shot shows a long table of seafood for sale. We instantly know that we are in a fish market.

The next photo is an extreme close up that provides a touch of detail. This is especially useful in travel photography. Everyone will return with the grand photo of the Lincoln Memorial. You can show your individuality with the details you capture to complete the set. I chose extreme close ups of the fish and lobster to add a splash of color. 


More on the fish market from Wikipedia:

The Maine Avenue Fish Market of Washington, D.C., also known as "the Wharf" or "the Fish Wharf", is one of the few surviving open air seafood markets on the east coast. In operation since 1805,[1] it is the oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States, 17 years older than New York City's Fulton Market,[2] which was relocated to the Bronx in 2005. The Maine Avenue Market was relocated in the 1960s, within a few blocks of its original location on the Washington Channel.