Here is a quick travel photography tip: you don’t have to look through the viewfinder to take a picture. How many times have you walked through a market browsing the goods and taken a few snapshots. And that is what they are, snapshots (I’m done it many times!). Instead, look at the objects on the table, and try to figure out the most graphic angle. Many times this can be achieved by holding your camera directly above the objects. If you have a tilt LCD screen, then you could use Liveview to help compose the shot. If you don’t, just use a wide angle lens and shoot numerous images holding your camera over the objects. Autofocus should work fine, and one image will look good.
Take the hats at the top of this post. In Cuba a few weeks ago I was walking through a market and saw these classic hats. The round shape and repeating pattern was best illustrated by shooting directly from above the hats. Try this technique out, and remember, you don’t have to be looking throughout he viewfinder to take a shot.