Photography is the story I fail to put into words. – Destin Sparks
I love photography. It’s a hobby that I picked up from my wife and it consumed me like nothing else ever has. I’ve shot everything from weddings and portraiture to fine art. I was even able to get my photography into a gallery in historic Saint Augustine, Florida. Being able to photograph in different situations with different subjects has helped me tremendously with travel photography.
Tips To Get The Most From Travel Photography
When we take trips and vacations, we want to remember as much as possible about the adventure. Therefore, travel and photography go hand in hand. Its a way for us to capture the moments and bring back memories for time well spent. Here are a few tips that have helped me.
Do Your Homework
To really appreciate a venue or location, do as the locals do. Find out where they eat and have a meal there. Maybe there’s a popular marketplace, visit it and watch the people. Always try to get outside of your comfort zone and explore.
Study the landmarks of the area that you’re visiting. This may be scenic landscapes or architecture unique to the lands. You can even use the internet before you travel to make an itinerary of your visit.
Know Your Gear
I encourage everyone who may read this article to learn as much as you can about how to use your camera of choice. Nikon, Canon, Sony, or iPhone, it really doesn’t matter. Thankfully, there are a ton of YouTube videos and tutorials out there to help you out.
On a side note, I recently shifted to a Sony mirrorless camera from a Nikon DSLR and started my own learning curve over again. While the fundamentals of photography are the same, I’m learning a new piece of hardware and where the controls are. Practice makes quick decisions second nature though.
Be A Jack Of All Trades
Travel photography consists of shooting landscapes, portraits, architecture, etc. You might shoot a waterfall early in the morning after a hike. Maybe you want to photograph an appealing meal in a restaurant where lighting is dark to set a mood. Learn how to shoot in all light conditions. Understand the fundamentals of photographic exposure to know how to make the appropriate changes to get the shot you want. I can’t stress PRACTICE enough.
I hope these ideas are enough to get you started to improve your techniques in photography. Here are some further resources that have helped me get where I am.
- Kelby Training – Pretty much everything you need to know about photography of any kind. I spent a year going through these lessons.
- YouTube – Tons of valuable videos on the basics of photography and how to use specific cameras. Pretty much where I learned what I needed to about my Sony.
- Digital Photography School – Loads of articles on all things photography.
- Lynda.com – More of a technical e-campus, but still has valuable training videos on composition and basics.