Every trip you take creates a unique story. Every place you visit provides you with interesting sights, extraordinary experiences, and valuable lessons that you can bring with you when you come back home. Photography is one of the best ways to document your travels and capture everything you experience from a trip. Even if you are not big in travel photography, you can still take awesome snapshots with these excellent pointers and tips.
Do your homework
Even before you step into the land of your destination, it would be smart to do an extensive research about the place. Travel guides, travel magazines, websites—so many information are available from so many different resources. Through research, you will find out the most spectacular sights to take pictures of. You can even plan how you are going to take photos of these sights. Not only that, you should also take to study about customs and traditions in your choice of destination to assure that you do not offend anybody while taking photos.
Learn some photography rules
As you do your planning, take time to know about basic travel photography rules and techniques. The rule of thirds, which helps you avoid taking dead-center subjects on pictures is one of the things that you need to study about. Moreover, learn about the different elements of photos that will help you take better snapshots: color, symmetry, framing, and lighting.
Get out and wander around
It certainly is nice to spend some extra hours in bed to sleep and relax. But if you’re looking into taking great photos, you need to get out there as early as you can since people especially in tropical places are very active in the morning.
Be alert and ready
Always have your camera ready. You never know when an opportunity for a wonderful photo will strike. No, you don’t have to walk around with a camera hanging around your neck, looking like a tourist. Instead, you can have a small point and shoot digital camera in your pocket to take out during spontaneous moments. You can save your huge digital SLR for landscape and scenery photography.
Explore different subjects
Landscapes such as mountains, forests, plains, deserts, swamps, rivers, and seacoasts, cities and towns, skylines, monuments, buildings, architectural structures, people, culture, activities, events, food, and even mundane things that you don’t get to see everyday.
Take pictures that tell a story
We have seen it more than a million times already—a person, couple, or group of people standing in front of a landmark, posing, smiling or doing peace signs. Is there no more room for creativity anymore? Instead of taking this usual photo, be on the lookout for shots that will convey a message.
Bring a pen and notebook
Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, bringing a pen and a notebook with you so you can jot down your innermost thoughts and feelings during that particular moment you took that shot will be a great way to tell a story about your photo. Take notes not only of what you felt at that moment but also your observations around the place.
Nobody ever travels without a camera. Handy in documenting your trips and capturing priceless memories, a camera is one tool that you should never forget to pack for your vacation. Even if you are not a savvy travel photographer who can take perfect snapshots of places and people, you should still bring your camera and perhaps, improve your photography skills before you go on your journey. Be sure to bring these travel photography tips and pointers to your trip.