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10 Simple Tips to Take Better Travel Photos

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A gorgeous travel picture can be with you for the rest of your life. On your laptop, on your desk or even on the wall, as an element of interior design.
Even if you are not a photographer, you can create HD images with a smartphone or camera. it depends on what you have!

here is how you can choose a travel camera.

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Have you ever noticed that some people’s holiday images are often an imitation of postcards that they could have easily bought at the airport on their way home? Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House, it’s common to try to capture these iconic images. After all, that’s one of the reasons we chose to travel to these exotic places in the first place, did not we?
Think about your last vacation – what do you remember most lovingly? These famous landmarks? Or colorful markets, people sitting in cafes, street vendors, the smell of streets after a morning rain?
The next time you travel. Think “outside the postcard” and create your own iconic images, your own stories and memories. Here are 10 travel photography tips for beginners.

1. Choosing the right camera for your needs

The choice between these three types of camera should be based on the trip you are about to make and especially the results you want .

If you have to go light and do not want to scare the natives, the compact is the best choice . This is a small camera, reliable and not very expensive, which provides images of relatively good quality.

On the other hand, if you are not very looking at the weight and bulk of your photo equipment and want to bring the best in terms of quality , including landscape photos, the reflex is all chosen .

An intermediate choice would be to take a hybrid , a kind of compromise between the compact and the reflex, because it allows to have a small device on which it is possible to set different objectives .

2. Read the manual of your device

It’s really stupid, but it will not allow you to take the head once there. The better you know your material, the better your results will be  !

Make the effort to seriously go through this essential little book.

3. Watch what others are doing

Inspiration does not fall from the sky and work on his photographer’s gaze either.

It is by looking at images that you will then realize better photos.

Go see the following things to improve yourself:

  • Go to photo exhibitions
  • read the magazine press , like National Geographic ,
  • Surfing on the internet and photographers’ blogs
  • If you come across a professional photographer on a trip , watch him, approach him and ask him questions. If you are polite, he will most likely be happy to share some tips with you.

4. Learn the fundamentals

It is said that it takes 1 hour to learn the photo and 10 years to master it.

While it may take a little more time to properly control his camera, but with the resources available on the Internet and the democratization of photo courses, you can achieve very quickly. Just be motivated and understand that it’s within everyone’s reach!

In the end, what you need to know is to understand:

  • camera settings manually and semi-automatically
  • the opening
  • speed
  • the ISO sensitivity
  • development
  • the focal

5. To chase the good light

Photographing literally means “writing with light”

It is the quality of the light that very often determines the quality of an image . Know a very important thing: the best hours to capture the most beautiful lights are in the morning and evening , at sunrise and sunset. Why ? Because the sun’s rays are much softer and more colorful.

These periods of the day are also conducive to the light, that is to say when shooting with the sun in front of you. If you take a picture of someone against the light , you will notice that it will be all black! This can be great if you want, but otherwise you will have to either use a flash to “unclog” the scene, or move your subject …

6. Do not be lazy

This advice is somewhat related to the previous one. If the best time to shoot is at sunrise:

You will have to learn how to get up even sooner!

The best landscape photos I made were painful because I had to put an alarm clock at 5am , walk by the light of a frontal and wait in the cold the appearance of the sun before finally trigger. The best advice we can give a photographer is above all to get out of his comfort zone!

7. Pay attention to its framing

When photographing a subject, be it a person, an animal or something else, pay attention to what is in your frame.

Do not “cut off” people!

Do not leave too much useless emptiness in your viewfinder and keep one thing in mind: what is in the frame must be important.

In addition, here is a good tip to bring dynamism to your image and make better travel photos:

Use the rules of 3 Thirds!

This is a rule that divides the screen of your device into 9 squares (3 horizontal and 3 vertical, like a game of lions ^^) and in order to position the subject of the photo, on one of the inner lines.

 One can also play with the lines of forces present in the image

It can be  a beautiful diagonal, the line of the horizon  or lines of leaks if there is a good prospect. It is this element that will guide the eye of people watching your images.

Some Illustrated Examples:

8. Do not ask your subject

Why ? Because it is the best way to have natural expressions , and get close to the strong photo, which is going to be significant. Also avoid counting the style “3 … 2 … 1 … cheese! “. There is nothing worse than a forced smile …

9. Reworking his images

Most people do not think about this step. Yet it is completely unavoidable in pictures!

Retoucher is not cheating!

Just like “photoshoper” does not mean “delete” or “lifter”. The fact is that your camera can not always transcribe a situation the same way you perceive it. Working with your image brings you closer to realityand brings a personal touch to your images.

For me, the best photo editing software is Lightroom

10. Ask the opinion of others

What good is it to photograph if it is not to share what you do with others?

Today, social networks allow to have the opinion of millions of people on his photos. Public and private groups have even formed Facebook on this theme.

Having the return of your friends, colleagues, family or friends is the best way to progress . This will allow you to have lots of opinions and to know what they liked in your photos and what they did not like.

Do not hesitate to solicit professionals if you really want to progress. They will always be busy, but once again, if you tackle them properly, there is no reason they will not help you.

Steve Batides

I am passionate about travel, writing and music. I like writing books, landing in an unknown country, brassens, beer, cats, jazz and shells. I put a point of honor to seek for you the best information to sublimate your travels. A question about a destination, a visit, a good plan? I'll answer in the comments.

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