10 Travel photography tips to get the best shots of your adventure

09 February  |  Listicles

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For some, the best part of going on a journey is bringing back souvenirs and gifts for everyone, but for others, it is capturing the holiday and experiences in a set of breathtaking images. Travel photography is a very sought after hobby, and while not everyone can be an expert at it, you should not be afraid to try it out. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Burn the candle at both ends: Learn to wake up early and to stay out late as this will leave you with the fewest crowds and the best views. While you are planning your travel around these early morning and late evening shots, it is alright to take a nap during the day as the daytime can be the worst time to take photographs.
  2.  Talk to people: The trick to getting the best shots of people may be to take candid photos but make sure you are within your bounds in capturing aspects of their daily lives. Talk to the people, find out about their lives and work, as all this will enrich what you see through your camera’s eye.
  3. Rule of Thirds: This rule tells you to imagine breaking down your photo into thirds, horizontally and vertically. Doing so will help you focus on what the significant bits of the picture are and how to capture them in the best light.
  4. Try different compositions: While you can always take a good picture standing up, experiment by taking the same shot lying down, and then from a different height, and then from far away, and then again from closer by. Find a beautiful foreground, mid-ground and background to bring your pictures to life.
  5. Include some humans: People tend to relate to people in pictures more than one of just scenery, so involve the human element in yours. This helps tell a story that can’t be conveyed otherwise through the image.
  6. Always have your camera: The best camera is the one you always have with you. Whether you just have your phone with you or you have got your camera and equipment handy at all times, always keep something around, so you don’t miss an opportunity for a great shot. Even if the picture isn’t too great, you can always turn to editing software that will help sharpen your image.
  7. Manual mode all the way: While you would assume that Auto mode would give you the best shots, the truth is that the manual mode on your camera gives you a lot more control over the depth and intensity of your photo. The ISO, aperture and shutter speed are elements to keep in mind, and a quick tutorial can teach you all you need to know about them.

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  8. Get lost: Head into the unknown with just your camera in tow, and you will capture some of the best images that you have taken on your entire trip. Get away from the crowd and hang out with the locals to learn even more than you imagined.
  9. Backup your photos: There is nothing worse than losing all your photos just because of some rain or theft. Make sure to keep multiple copies of everything important to you because it is always better to be safe than sorry.
  10. Keep learning: Enroll yourself in a class or even learn from other photographers around you. Each person has their own unique style and flair to taking photos, and you may just learn a thing or two from someone you meet on your travels.

Whether you are an amateur or a pro, your best holiday pictures are sure to be ones which capture the joy you felt on the trip. Click away to your hearts’ content, but do remember to enjoy the moment which is what makes your holiday and the pictures special.

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