Travel Photography for beginners

 

As a travel photographer and a professional photographer, I’ve been traveling and capturing photographs all my life. Starting with actual film to now digital cameras, the playing field for photography has really reached the everyday traveler. But there are still many techniques and concepts to hone your skills if you want to present something unique and original from your travels. Let me share some of my best travel photography tips with you now.

Top Travel Photography tips to practice and master for beginners

 

Top Travel Photography tips to practice and master

Check out the best travel photography tips and ideas below

Here’s some of my favorite go to techniques and ideas I instinctively do on every photo spot I get to. These are a great way for you to look at things differently and with a new eye and viewpoint that you can present on your own and incorporate into your photography captures.

Many of these are basic instructions and tips and some of them are maybe new to you concepts or have read about in the past but have never actually practiced. So, here’s a new time to freshen up and look at your photography with new eyes or lens if you want to put it out that way and really take a deeper look at how some of these ideas can be incorporated easily into your photography as a natural instinct.

 

 

Check out the best travel photography tips and ideas below

 

Get to know your camera well and all functions of your camera

This is probably a basic statement but it is probably true that we tend to just use a few functions on our cameras that we are comfortable with. So, before you take that big trip, try to put your learning hat back on and take out the learning manual or you can even find your camera on You Tube and learn more interesting techniques and functions that your particular camera can do and you can practice with and try to master before you actually take that big trip and bring out your camera, confident of the new functions and techniques that you have mastered from this quick guide.

Get to know your camera well and all functions of your camera

 

 

Focus on the main subject

It’s always good to tell a story with your imagery and the sharpest images that you focus on should be the main subject with everything else falling back into the background just out of sharpness. This effect draws everything quickly to what your subject is all about. To do this effectively place your camera view and focus directly to what you want to create as your subject, this is a fun way to experiment because you definitely can place your shutter to different parts of the area focus and play with what you want to actually portray as your main subject line. Doing this will hone your eye to what you want your camera to actually focus on and what you want your viewers to see in focus and the main part of your storytelling.

 

Focus on the main subject

Consider the foreground and framing to draw in your views

When you add foreground elements on the sides or front of the imagery, this really draws your eye in to the body of the image. Including foreground imagery adds to the scale and leads your eye directly into the body and the horizon and then your eye moves around in a pleasing way that you want to draw your viewers’ attention to.

 

 

Frame your borders to draw the eye in

 

Look at your subject from different perspectives

When you get to your subject to photograph, just don’t take the picture immediately – have a walk through the area and scout out the best spots to take your shots, looking high and low and cutting out all the distractions and parts that don’t add to your imagery

 

Look at your subject from different perspectives

 

Look for natural light or light that adds visual excitement

Lighting is one of the top tools in a photographer’s arsenal and one should always look to how the subject looks with any light coming upon it. Natural light is always more attractive to capturing your subject matter but in many places that are dark or shady, sometimes added light from street lights, street signs or buildings or even artificial light can draw in an interesting view depending on your subject matter. In any case always look for any interesting light that you can find showcasing your subject or add flash or use other light to accent areas that have very little details that can show more interesting imagery

 

 

Look for natural light or light that adds visual excitement

 

Golden light in the mornings or before sunset timeframe

The reason photographers love the morning and late afternoon timeframe is because of the beautiful and interesting light that happens and all the other effects from that light casting darker shadows, lighting up interesting areas or adding a wonderful general warmth tone to your imagery which works well for portraits to environmental imagery.

 

Golden light in the mornings or before sunset timeframe

Be patient and wait for the right opportunity

So, you’ve come to the spot where you want to take a photo but patience always wins in this scenario because the unexpected or accidental can create magic for those that wait for the special moments to capture. Being present at a location means observing the scene, enjoying your time being present and also looking for unusual subject matter or things happening that may look more interesting to present outside of that monument or attraction itself. This all comes when you have time to just relax and enjoy the scene while waiting for the right moment to happen.

 

 

Be patient and wait for the right opportunity

Get really close

Sometimes getting in really close to your subject matter is all it takes to change an ordinary shot into something more dynamic. That’s because zooming in gets ride of distractions, backgrounds and the unimportant to just focus on your subject matter. The details can be more interesting that the actual picture of a typical attraction you are visiting.

 

Get really close

Cut out unnecessary background distractions

Really look closely at the image you are trying to capture. Are there distracting parts you can eliminate like electric wires, boring foreground, too many crowds? Always look for simple or interesting backgrounds that really complement your subject matter but isn’t too distracting so your eye can focus on the subject matter quickly without having to shift through the noise.

 

 

Cut out unnecessary background distractions

 

 

 

Use the Rule of Thirds

One of the most popular rules in photography states that the entire image be broken up into thirds and that your primary subject should be located not in the middle but in one of the thirds so the eye is drawn into that area and then look around the rest of what the image is showing. This creates a more dynamic and interesting visual on how to present your captures better.

 

 

 

Use the Rule of Thirds

 

Think about the entire shot as your environmental shot

Your image should really try to showcase a sense of place and the environmental shot really captures that place or experience with the subject matter interacting within the environment they are in. This helps to accent the subject matter and explain where, what and who you are seeing and if it all tells you a story about this place.

 

Think about the entire shot as your environmental shot

 

 

Look at Shutter Speed or Aperture control to create different imagery

Creating interesting imagery can be done by manipulating the Aperture (AP or A) or Shutter speed (TV or S ) on your camera setting to create more dynamic imagery ( The setting terminology changes depending on the brand of camera).  Aperture settings from smaller to larger will present a different depth of field that can give you more details or focus directly more to your subject matter and blurring out the areas behind the subject matter. Shutter speed settings help to show a different aspect of speed, capturing your subject in a quick moment or do a series of other techniques like blurring to capture speed and this require shutter manipulation to deliver an image that is unique like the image below.

 

 

Look at Shutter Speed or Aperture control to create different imagery

 

Break all the rules

Once you have a good understanding of all these other principles, it’s also acceptable to go ahead and go with your instinct and just break the rules. It really is your way of story telling so go ahead and shoot the way you want to. Take a lot of pictures and hopefully a few of them will turn out the way your really wanted to portray in your photography. Who cares that it took a hundred shots to get the 1 or 2 keepers that really say wow, that is really a good shot

 

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Conclusion on Travel Photography tips

 

Conclusion on Travel Photography for beginners

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