10 Travel Photography Hacks for Your Next Trip
Traveling makes you experience first-hand the wonders of the world. You get to glimpse on the beauty of nature through your own eyes. But immortalizing that moment you were there, it’s much better than you are camera-equipped to snap some photos.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer or an amateur, taking pictures are for everyone to serve as timeless souvenirs from your escapades around the corners of the world.
But if you’re on a photography trip, it will require you more than usual photography equipment to help you achieve a creative and picture-perfect shot. Below are some travel photography hacks shared by Photography Institute that can help you prepare for perfect tropical sunsets to city life shots on your next destination.
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Packing the right gear before you go
Get to know your camera
Though cameras, in general, have almost the same features, the settings sometimes differ based on the brand or model. First things first, familiarize with the camera you’re using – whether you just borrowed it or you invested for it. Read the manuals and some tips on the internet, take some sample shots before you take off.
Doing so will spare you from frustrations and disappointments because you weren’t able to achieve the shot you wanted.
Use a macro extension tube instead of your typical lenses
This is for macro photography. Macro photography has a dedicated lens to achieve those type of images.
Macro lenses are typically heavy and long, so it’s not ideal or portable for a backpacker type of travels. If you target to bring light loads of baggage, you invest instead on a simple extension tube.
How does it work? Extension tubes increase the distance between your lens and the sensor so it could create a macro effect. Unlike macro lenses, extension tubes don’t have any glass between, that’s why they’re lighter to bring.
Bring a tripod, extra memory card, and a backup battery
Bring an extra of every camera accessories. What I meant to say is, an extra of EVERY camera accessories – extra batteries, memory cards, flash, light stand, and even an extra camera.
Especially for important events, you want to capture, or if you make a living capturing places and events, make sure your backups are easily accessible in case one of your accessories fail, so you’ll not be interrupted of your job.
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Bring your photos to a new level using human element
Ask a stranger to take your picture
For adventurous travelers, one of the best experiences is when they get to travel around the world alone, explore different cultures and take shots to make the memory lasts.
The dilemma is, if you’re a solo traveler, you don’t have someone with you to take you a picture. In that case, you need to ask a stranger to take shots of you. Be sure that you instructed them the way how you wanted your picture to be taken. Or else, bring a camera stand.
Go beyond selfies and show your style
For sure, you’ll take selfie shots for your social media as a proof that you were really in that destination. But sometimes, pictures are more appreciated when taken as how you want to express your personality.
How you see the world is something unique to you. It doesn’t have to be that you’re in the same frame. Capturing details on what’s happening around you is sometimes a better job of telling a story in what you see.
Learn to embrace the crowd
If you want to make the crowds as a part of your subject, embrace it by taking shots especially when the crowd is facing at you. It’s more expressive if you can see some stranger’s faces in the photo.
If you can move upward, then you can successfully express the depth of the crowd.
Improve your travel photos with these effective photography hacks
Rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is simply a theory that the human eye naturally gravitates to the intersection points of an image when it’s split into thirds.
It divides photos into thirds using lines (imaginary or can be found in the settings of your camera). The important subjects of your picture are placed on or near the intersection of the lines. It is how a simple photography is achieved through how the composition if your photo is structured.
Adjust your White Balance
The white balance adjusts the tone of your image. The default setting is in automatic mode, but you can switch it to achieve a warmer or cooler tone of your photo. Just go to the camera menu or click the white balance button and select the tone you want.
Most DSLR cameras have a white balance button that is set to a certain Kelvin number. These vary depending on the brand and model. These are the common presets:
Auto (A) – Default WB setting and used commonly for RAW. It automatically sets the camera depending on ambient light and use of flash.
Tungsten (Light Bulb) – Use it only under tungsten light bulbs to avoid the image to look very blue.
Fluorescent (Glowing Tube) – Used to balance photos that looked too green or when under fluorescent lights.
Direct Sunlight (Sun) – for shooting outdoors with the sun on the subject.
Flash (Lightning Bolt) – When using on-camera flash.
Cloudy (Cloud) – Used during cloudy days or in shades. Will yield warmer images than sunlight.
Shoot in Aperture mode
When using an aperture mode, you can adjust your exposure settings and ISO. It’s great to start and build up confidence in exploring your camera settings. Once you start playing around with the different light, you’ll learn that these are two big factors to create your image.
Look for symmetry and patterns
Some great shots include symmetry and patterns. Repeated pillars or a still water reflection adds more depth to the subject. It strikes a look at the creativeness of your photo.
Travel photography lets you enjoy the beauty of the place while cementing in the pictures you took the memory of it. You just follow your creativity and capture magical moments accompanied by these photography hacks and step up your travel photography game.
About the Author
Geraldine Mills works as an Outreach Community Specialist. She was once a resident of South
Africa, then flew to Australia for a change of scenery. When she’s not working, she’s at home sipping the best local wine while reading travel itineraries for more adventures.