Tips to Improve your Photography in 7 Minutes: TRAVEL

July 15, 2013  •  2 Comments

Hope these quick travel photo tips help you with your photography when on holiday or vacation! Feel free to send me an email or comment below with any questions or frustrations that you always seem to come across when exploring the world with your camera. I’ll answer your questions and post my tips in future blog posts.

Before your trip, study the work of other photographers.  Do some image internet searches of your destination to get a for what the place will have to offer in terms of photographs.  This will give you an idea of what to expect and how you wish to plan your schedule.   Also, review the seasonal weather and other photo conditions.  What will be the average times for sunrise and sunset times? Will spring wildflowers be in bloom?  Can you expect a fresh snowfall to blanket the landscape?  What wildlife will you expect to see? Are the birds migrating or the elk in rut? Knowledgeable photographers are more likely to plan for themselves (and their families) to be in the right place to see all the fantastic things this world has to offer

Photo Tip #1: During your trip, make sure to take a few close-up shots of your ticket stubs, postcards and other collectibles gathered on your trip. They can be amazing reminders of all the different restaurants you visited, foods that you tried, places that you saw, and memories you made.

Photo Tip #2: Make friends with the locals.  Do not be afraid to ask your waiter or a friend that you meet at the airport about photography location suggestions.  Many times, locals are eager to share the secrets that make their home country special.  It also always helps to visit the local tourist offices for maps and suggestions from them.

Photo Tip #3: Take photos of signs to remind you of where you were to help you remember later on. Names of restaurants, tourist spots, and even towns can become blurred in your brain very quickly!

Photo Tip #4: When shooting through glass, such as at the zoo, aquarium, or museum, DO NOT USE YOUR FLASH. The flash burst will be visibly reflected on the pane of glass in your photo. And unless you are on a ghost hunting trip, those white blobs were probably not what you planned on photographing. Instead, increase the ISO if the lighting is not bright enough for the photo. Yes, we know we all have at least one of these shots in our unfortunate arsenal.

Photo Tip #5: Look up and down when walking around and try different viewpoints. The best picture may not be at eye level. Sometimes pointing the camera straight down, upwards from the ground, or at angles will produce an amazing and memorable shot.

1/8 second exposure at f/6.3 at ISO 2400
Taken in the Castle District in Prague

Photo Tip #6: Normally when you are traveling, you spend the majority of your time out walking around your destination. If that is the case, you need to pack light! Try taking only your most versatile lens so you can capture your memories but also prevent the back pain. One of my favorite travel lenses is an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 providing me with wide angles and plenty of zoom for most circumstances.

Photo Tip #7: Using your flash even in daylight situations is known as fill flash. It helps fill in the shadows and brighten up the subject. If you find that your subject seems to always look washed out with a flash, trying increasing your distance between you and the subject or try using a gel or diffuser that will help diffuse the light.

1/200 second exposure at f/18 at ISO 200 with FLASH from my speedlight!
Taken at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe in Switzerland

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Christina Donadi Photography
Thanks Dick! Also very helpful suggestions. With storage being so much cheaper in the digital age, I concur. There are many instances where you won't notice a blur from a moving object or that your focus was off, so taking multiple shots is a good way to secure that you got one image of a scene that will work well. Also, I do prefer multiple versions of important spots. I always try to get at least one horizontal and one vertical composition because you never know what you or a client will need in the future. I'll have to add these to the list!
Dick Coleman(non-registered)
Good tips! I agree with all of them, of course. I would add that (1) you should never pass up a photo, first because you may not be back, and even if you do get back, it'll give you different light and a second candidate for best shot. (2) I try for at least two, preferably three versions of any shot you think is important.
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