7 Tips for Better Travel Photography Sunday, 01.31.2010, 09:01pm (GMT-5)
One of the great joys of travel is getting a few photographs of the
local scenery. The problem is that when our friends and family see the
shots theyâ€™re usually asleep within 10 minutes. These tips will
hopefully show you a few ways to add some pop to your photos and make
sure you donâ€™t send your friends to sleep.
Get Closer â€“ The single best way to improve your
shots is to fill the fame with as much of your subject as possible.
Usually this simply means walking closer to it so that the edges of
whatever you are photographing are at the edges of the frame.
Photo by Mnadi
Shoot in the Golden Hours â€“ The best time of day to
take photos is at sunrise or sunset. At those times you have a great
golden colour of light that gives a beautiful hue to your images and it
also throws your subject into shadow which can be very effective in a
photo. The best times are half an hour before the sun rises or in the
half an hour after it sets.
Photo by Thomas Hawk
Plan Your Shots â€“ If you are taking landscapes or
architecture, then you should be out scouting locations and potentially
good shots during the day. Then note down where you think could make a
great shot and head back there around sunrise or sunset to shoot those
subjects at the best possible time.
Photo by Seattle Miles
Take Extra Memory â€“ Memory cards for cameras are
small and not so tough. They get lost, they get destroyed and so can
your photos. Itâ€™s good to carry a couple of backup memory cards in case
of any emergency. The good news is that they get cheaper and cheaper as
time goes on so donâ€™t skimp on this one.
Carry a Gorilla Pod â€“ These little devices are
awesome for making your camera as stable as possible and even a small
one can do a great job with a bulky SLR. For travellers who are wary of
carry heavy and bulky gear (like a proper tripod for example) a Gorilla
Pod is a godsend. Awesome for when you want to get shots with a longer
Photo by Annso
Fix the Levels â€“ I have never seen a digital photo
that turned out perfectly the first time. Almost every shot you take
could use a little bit of extra digital love and most pros head for
Photoshop. For those of us who think that is overkill there is also GIMP or a great online service called Picnik which can be used to tweak the colour levels of your photos. It is well worth taking the time.
Shoot a Lot â€“ The greatest thing about digital
photography is that after you have bought the camera, the shooting is
free. Use this to your advantage and take a heap of shot with slightly
different settings. That way you are always sure to get at least one or
two pictures that are great.