If your’e one of those people who have enough time and resources to travel a lot, you are very fortunate to have the opportunity to capture significant moments from which memories are usually made. Not only do travel photographs remind you of exciting trips and memorable experiences, but they also allow other people to share in your adventures.
This makes it all the more important for you to learn how to capture these memorable moments on film properly. The following are some useful tips on how to come up with great travel photographs.
1. See the Light
A lot of photographs of people are darkened/shadowed, and more often than not it’s because the light or the sun is behind them. Have a subject look towards the light or sun, reposition yourself, and take the photo again.
You will notice that the subject will no longer be shadowed. If you are unable to reposition, use a flash if you are outside (during the day). The flash will lighten the subject and balance the light.
2. Learn to Use Your Camera
No one particularly enjoys reading through camera manuals. However, learning the basic functions of your camera is important. Learning to manipulate your camera’s settings will give you more freedom and improve your photographs. You don’t need to go deep into your camera menus or settings to adjust this.
There are generally two types of TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: The ones where you pose in front of a landmark, and those that are spontaneous and reflect “off-guard” moments.
3. Get Closer
When looking at photographs taken by friends and family is that, often times, the subject of their photos are too far away. You will notice that your photo, whether it be a portrait or of an object, will be better if you are a little closer. This is especially true of portrait shots. So, when in doubt take a few steps closer or zoom in. The best thing about this manner of travel photography is that it shows other people just how much you enjoyed your vacation and lets them see exactly what you experienced.
4. Natural Light is Better
Many times you don’t really need a flash. When taking photos of parties, indoor functions, or nighttime events, the natural, ambient light is washed away by the harsh light of a flash. The image that you pictured in your mind’s eye is not the picture you end up taking when you use a flash.
5. The Power of the Compact
Unless you are a professional photographer, you don’t need a large camera with a detachable lense (SLRs). Compact cameras have come a long way over recent years and generally have a lot of functions, and take very good quality photos. Some even have 12-14x optical zooms, similar to traditional SLRs.
There may still be times when someone inadvertently looks your way when you take a shot, but if your team has been sufficiently forewarned then lapses will be few and far between. Photography may even encourage others to visit the same places that you visited in order to have the same wonderful experiences.