Taking photos while travelling is special – capturing your once in a lifetime moments to look back on is for some people the best part of their experience. Precious moments you may have forgotten about will last forever, and when your traveling, there tends to be a lot of these special moments you want to remember.
Whether it’s an your enjoyable hobby of yours, or simply a sentimental thing, here are our best tips to make sure your travel photos are top-notch!
Put in the practice
With photography, the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is undoubtedly true. You need to be taking your time and enjoying it. If you really want to finesse your photography skills and capture some striking photos, then make your camera your priority. You need to find your own groove with it all – explore what style you enjoy most. What subject do you find most enjoyably important to shoot? People? Architecture? Nature? Patience is key. You won’t be a pro straight away, so never stop learning!
Talk to the locals
If humans and people are your subject, then communication is essential. It can be daunting at first to ask people if you can take photos of them, but the more you do it, the more confident you will become. Learn the language to ensure you can hold a pleasant conversation first. Photographing the human element of traveling can be extremely rewarding, so take the plunge.
Use the ‘rule of thirds’
This is a great place to start for any amateur photographer. Begin the development of your skills by using this concept of where to put the subject in your shot. It can make a major difference in how you start to shoot your photos. Remember to think outside the box – use different angles and change up your focal points. You can even put the grid lines on your LCD screen to help you understand at first.
Using the best light
Most professional photographers will agree that the best travel photos come to those who wake up early and stay out late. Prior to your trip, make sure you research the timings of the local sunrises and sunsets as these tend to make the magnificent shots. They are commonly known as the ‘golden hours,’ giving you the best light for the most richly colorful shots.
Prepare your equipment
Although having a great camera can be great, don’t obsess about technology. Having the best up-to-date camera doesn’t mean you’ll be taking the best shots. It’s most important you use the right settings for the right type of photo. Adjust the exposure and light settings when needed, and using techniques such as HDR, focus stacking and panoramic vision can be perfect for getting that professional touch to your shots. Post-editing is a great way to improve your photos too.
If you really want to get the most out of your travel photography, then perhaps a good thing to do will be is take some prior-lessons. Don’t stop practicing. Get lost in the city streets or ancient ruins if need be – the unexpected make the best photos. Remember the number one rule – never forget the camera wherever you go…you never know when you might need it most!