Travel and photography make an excellent couple, you already know. The trips give us ideal moments to find landscapes, situations, inspiring people and those we are not familiar with. In fact, travel photography itself is a subgenre of photography.
Although it’s not your artistic vocation that drives you to pull the shutter and filters with your camera or with your smartphone, don’t deny that you’re impressed by some of the photos you see out there on social networks and that you like to upload some to show the world when you have appeared attractive, don’t you?
In this text we will give you a few tips on how to take the best photos in your next trips. Your Instagram account will thank us. But if you expect things like “landscapes, horizontal” or “do the selfies from above to avoid the double chin”, you get it clearly.
TRAVELLER TIP: If you’re really going to take it seriously, before traveling you should decide what equipment you’re going to take (SLR cameras? Tripod? Memory cards?), how to carry it, be aware of the rules of photography in the destination you’re going to … All those things.
1. Learn from the best
Although practice makes perfect, before becoming a teacher we all have to go through a learning process. So the first thing is to read about photography and, above all, to see as many photographs as you can, both generally about the places you are going to visit. It’s the best travel photography advice we can give you.
There are plenty of books on the subject, like Tino Soriano’s (a classic), but the most interesting thing is to see a lot of material from both professionals and amateurs and try to pay attention to the details. The frames, the composition, the angles, the light and the shadows… the differences between very similar photographs… This is a phenomenal quick guide.
2. Know your tool
This means not only being familiar with the basic technical notions of ISO, shutter and aperture, but also having tested the different potentials of your camera.
This is especially true with smartphones; at this point in life, the simplest incorporates a camera (or two) that the great masters of the 20th century would have wanted for themselves. India’s most exotic procession isn’t the best time to try it out, is it? Experiments, with soda.
Travel photography is much easier when we are able to optimise the technical resources of our camera at every step we take, depending on what we want to photograph and the external conditions (lighting and so on).
3. Travel photography: the moment is everything
It’s nice to pose in front of an emblematic monument or take a snapshot of a splendid landscape, but these are typical photos that we’re all used to seeing. In those cases, a postcard can be much better than your photo.
The best thing about travel photography is being able to treasure unique moments or everyday situations. The best way to do this is to be prepared at all times. If you have the opportunity and the occasion permits it, take a series to be able to choose the best option.
4. Look for a different approach
Many times, being able to amaze and surprise ourselves is enough: There is nothing like taking photographs of striking, unexpected, incoherent journeys… To achieve this, there are several ways:
- Change the reason. Enough of photographing old mulattoes smoking in Old Havana, the luminous Times Square and natives on bicycles around Amsterdam. I don’t know if I can explain it.
- Change the frame. We’re tired of seeing the tower of Pisa with the tourist in turn holding it or in counterpoint. A little originality, please!
- Change the composition. Maybe a Cuban mulatto among the neons of New York or a Dutch cyclist holding the tower of Pisa is a little more funny… Look out for the elements you want in your photos.
REMEMBER THAT: If you are going to photograph people, you should ask their permission in advance, especially if you intend to publish them. In social settings you don’t know well, be respectful and discreet; if in doubt, ask.
5. Take a travel photography course
If every other thing fails and you really want to make the most of your camera and your abilities during your travels, don’t hesitate: sign up for a course!
It already sounds more laborious than anything else, but you’ll learn many technical details that will come in handy.
There are hundreds of options, both face-to-face and online, so we leave it up to you to find the one that interests you the most or best suits your time and pocket.
It doesn’t have to be a specialised course in travel photography; on that basis you will be able to build your own style…
It’s easier to see the world with other eyes thanks to travel photography. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
A good combination of technique, preparation and aesthetic sense is what it takes to get the results you’re looking for.
While we can’t take the photos for you, we can help you with everything from flights, boats, hotels, activities and car rentals. Contact us.
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Today more than ever, reality is in the eye of the beholder.
Redactor. Especialista en Viajes.
Uno de esos que piensa que nunca se puede viajar demasiado, y que no hay que irse a la otra esquina del planeta para descubrir un nuevo mundo. Veinte años con la mochila a cuestas y sin ganas de posarla, todavía… En familia, con amigos o con las ganas de escribir como única compañía, y la afición a la historia como bastón.
Editor. Travel specialist
One of those who thinks that you can never travel too much, and that you do not have to go to the other corner of the planet to discover a new world. Twenty years with the backpack on his back and unwilling to pose, still … In family, with friends or with the desire to write as a sole company, and the love of history as a cane.