Simple Tips For Better Travel Photography

March 29, 2015

Most people think that travel photography is really complicated. Since you are reading this, there is a pretty good possibility that your travel photographs do not come out as you want them to. Do not worry about it, since it is a lot more common than you may believe. You can actually take tremendous photos, even when going on extreme travel adventures!

While there are so many things that we can tell you, what is important is to remember is the fact that really good travel photography will start when you are at home, usually way before you go on your trip. Consider the tips below and it is a certainty that you will take better travel photographs:

Proper Research

Make sure that you buy a good travel guide, so that you know everything about the location that you will travel to. See what you can photograph and try to learn all that you can from the internet about weather conditions in the area. Analyze the images that you see in the guides and do learn everything about distances and local transportation. It is important because of the fact that you would be able to perfectly time the photographs.

Writing a Checklist

All travel photographers need to prepare a checklist of what is necessary for the trip. This includes normal travel needs and photographical needs. If necessary, see if insurance covers all the gear and make sure you have proof of purchases at home and when going abroad. This guarantees that you do not have to deal with custom duties as you return home.

Avoiding Clichés

Nobody wants a photograph that they saw many times before in various guide books. Always try to use a new angle or get some viewpoints that are not regularly used for photographs. It is vital that you get away from the cliché. In the event that you can afford it, do hire private guides in order to go to locations that nobody photographed in the past. Too many end up focused on clichés and are afraid to experiment. This is never a good idea in travel photography.

Local Life Photography

In foreign countries you can be sure that you can find some wonderful photographs through local life. There are so many scenes and sights that will be brand new for practically everyone. Some of the best photography taken is highlighting local life. This is because essence is practically captured. Everything is unique. It is what you want.

Use Candids

The truth is that you have to always stay away from wildlife in order to take the best possible photos. This is what brings in the best possible photographs backdrop. You have to behave naturally and highlight the environment. Remaining unobserved is what helps you to basically take those perfect shots. You may need to invest in longer lenses, but you will not regret this. You can even visit Lens Rentals Pittsburgh to decrease your travel cost. Only reveal yourself after the shots were taken and do make sure that you take advantage of the opportunity to reflect people and culture naturally.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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