Best travel photography tips & techniques
Traveling is something that most people love to do. Majority of them are travel enthusiasts while some of them have newborn desire. Some people can easily go to the places where they want to go while the other save through their life and even some people spent their whole lives wishing or desiring to travel.
Lucky are those people who have enough resources to see the world in their lifetime. Traveling has a lot of advantages, other than spending leisure time and impacts a lot in our lives.
In today hectic routine and tough working hours, we often get depressed or have extreme levels of anxiety which is quite dangerous. People do work a lot day and night and don’t even have time to rest even eat properly.
This is the reason that the mental health of people nowadays is at its worst. Doctors and psychiatrists recommend that you must rest or have some holidays in a proper manner. Traveling is something that is answer to all of these and has a lot of positive effects. In addition, the traveling teaches us a lot of lessons and upon return, we can have a deep insight into our life.
Simply, traveling shows us what actually life is, what is its purpose, and how we should spend it? Are we born for this routine that all the day we grind in our office, come home, sleep and the next day repeat? Is this what we called life, is this the routine we were meant for?
Actually, no and our aim is quite different. We were born to be happy, to enjoy and to pray our god. Traveling teaches us all of this and overall changes our life. Here are some of the traveling advantages:
There is a famous sentence on internet nowadays, “money fill your pockets, while adventure fills your souls”. There is no doubt in this as you will be a totally changed person after having some adventure. Also, according to my experience, due to the same hectic routine, I often get depressed and after visiting some hill station or doing the hiking in the mountains, I feel totally fresh and happy.
Moreover, adventure is quite essential for us as these are the activities that make our memories. In the last, we won’t remember how much money we earned, but how much we enjoyed our life.
Explore new places, people and food
Once you are out on an adventure or exploration, you will have experience of meeting new people everywhere. All of them will have their own language, religion or culture and you will be quite amazed to see them. Similarly, each continent has its own taste of food which you will quite love. And for the places, they are like infinite and for every place or city we visit will have its own unique characteristics like architecture and traditions. In short, traveling is a must all of us must have to take out the time for it.
The excitement and joy of photography enthusiasts get double while traveling. There are a lot of opportunities for taking shots everywhere you go. For each country or place you will visit, there will be new landscapes, cities, people, sea views and much more and hence you will have a good opportunity to practice or showcase your skills.
Similar to the simple traveling, most of the people wish to travel around the world, capture photos, but they have certain budget limitations and they can’t fulfill their desire. This situation could be tackled by becoming the professional travel photographer by obtaining license and you can sell your photos to various tourism industries, online photo stores and much more. This will ensure that you will fulfill your wish of traveling around the world, taking photographs and will earn simultaneously.
Before packing your bags for traveling and most notably the photography traveling, a lot of things are needed to be kept in your mind so that your trip and money won’t go wasted. You have to make the right choices and take the right things. This may sound simple and most of the people neglect it but it has a direct effect on your performance.
We will represent some of the best travel photography tips & techniques to watch out before your traveling photography trip.
Choose the right destination
Before choosing the place for your trip, either it is a country or someplace within your country, make sure that it is suitable and is according to your interest. If you have a love for a relevant place, it won’t make you bored and you will happily roam around and will take hundreds of photos. For instance, I have a lot of interest in landscape photography and 90% of my trips are either to hill stations or mountainous regions.
Each visit gives me a lot of opportunities to take some new sort of photographs. Similarly, some people have desire for wildlife photography, while some other love to click photos of cityscapes, churches, etc. So, whatever your choice is, think wisely and choose the right spot.
Choose the correct lens
Professional and experienced photographers know the fact that the overall and most of the picture quality of your camera depends on your lenses. And if you use right lenses for the right place, then it will have a great impact on your photos and they will be of quite good quality. There are different type of lenses for each place like for landscape, close range, zoom, etc. So, now it’s up to you where you are going and what are your plans.
Let’s take the example of wildlife photography. In this case, you will need zoom lens so that you can take photos of animals from right place and correct distance. As some of the animals run away, while others are dangerous if get near them. So, zoom or telescope lens will work great there. Otherwise, if you have another type of lenses like portrait, etc. then it will be of no use.
For normal photographers, it is quite easy to take photographs of anyplace they want, regarding what type of quality it has. But in case of the professionals, they have to maintain quality of their photos as it is their profession.
So, they roam and explore a lot and after precise investigation they only take photos. So, if you want to take the accurate and quality shots, search for the correct view, angle, height, etc. and then only take the photos. Other than that, if you are beginner, you can click whatever you want for practice.
Wait for the right time
A few months ago, there was an awesome picture on the internet and it was written that a certain photographer waited for 15 days and tool over 10,000 photos for this perfect picture. These facts may be inaccurate but quite similar things do happen.
You have to wait a lot for the perfect moment like the perfect sunset or sunrise and may need to take several photos. Then only you will be able to select some of the best shots for your showcase.
Many people take a lot of stuff with them while traveling which results in great difficulties and hassle. Especially, for long-distance traveling, you must be aware that you will be walking, hiking, etc. a lot and less is the stuff, the better it is. Similar is the case with the camera accessories.
Photographers do carry a bunch of lenses, memory cards, etc. with them which is totally unnecessary. You should know where you are going and which components you will need. This will make your journey a lot easier and in addition, you will be quite safe in terms of theft or lost equipment. Also, don’t forget to take a light tripod along with you.
Do ask the locals for help
If you are visiting a new place or a new country, you may be confused about choosing the correct spot for your photography. You will be roaming everywhere to find a perfect place or view. This best thing to tackle this is to ask any local of that particular area. As they have spent their whole lives at that place, they have a better idea from which place there will be a perfect view of some other places that are worth visiting.
I did the same several times even in my own country and the places or spots, recommended by the locals were amazing. Other than that, you will have a chance to get friendly with them, know about their way of life, their culture, and much more. More often, people are really happy if you are visiting their area and will readily help you.
Well, patience is a key factor that will not only help you in the photography field but in any other aspect of life as well. Similar to the other real-life situation, photography also requires high level of patience. There will be a lot of situations in which you may get burst with anger or think to give up.
But if you remain stick to your goals, have some patience and never give up, you will definitely reach your destination.
The safety of every country varies according to the people or the situation. Some countries are quite safe while others have some hostilities. For instance, in my country I am visiting different locations since my childhood and haven’t faced a single situation of theft, robbery, etc…
So, before visiting any country, research precisely about it and if there are any chances of hostilities, you should practice extra care and be alert all the time.
Develop your photos correctly
After our trip is finished, all of us select some of the best photos to save them as memory, show to our friends, upload on social media… But other than all that, we develop some of our best photo via lightroom, photoshop, etc. It is recommended that you should edit them correctly as it enhances your photos a lot. So, if you don’t have any editing experience, you can ask an experienced friend or hire someone.
So, these were some of the tips that you must keep in mind before traveling. In addition, if there is a certain danger in any country, don’t visit that country even if you have to cancel the trip. There is nothing more important than your life or your family. Choose the countries that are 100% safe, friendly and with a lot of opportunities.