You may not take travel photos as a main source of income, but one thing most travelers had in common in 2017 was a desire to take better photography.
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, but even with a lot of practice, your pictures might be only marginally improving. Should you visit a new travel destination so that you find a new source of inspiration, or are you working with mediocre equipment?
It’s more likely that you just need to re-center your focus. Which you can easily do with these tips.
Tips for Taking Better Travel Photography in 2018
Research What Makes Good Photography
Look at some free travel photos by professional photographers and discover what they are doing differently. Look at how they compose their photos, the colors they use, and if there are any common themes to what makes great photography.
You might find that simply changing up your photo compositions will result in a better finished product.
Plan Out Each Photo Series
It’s great to travel with a plan for your photography. For instance, if you’re heading to New York City and you anticipate getting good pictures of its residents in action, you’ll have to be out when locals are most active.
In this scenario, you might want to head out during rush hour in the morning, or on a busy Friday night as opposed to noon on lazy Wednesday afternoon.
Knowing your subject matter as well as their habits will aid you in creating better laid out pictures. And you’ll definitely want to check the weather in advance.
Change Your Approach
Are you methodical with your photography, visualizing each picture in your head before pressing down on the shutter? Or do you take hundreds of pictures and only end up with two or three which are useable in the end?
Surprisingly, altering the way that you approach photography as a whole can make you rethink your pictures and help improve your skill. Refuse to do things the old-fashioned way and see if your latest travel photo series makes you do a double take.
Travel Photo Composition
Photo composition is important, because your subject matter needs to express to the viewer that it’s about travel.
When in Philadelphia, you don’t need to include the famous ‘Love’ statue in every picture, but ensuring that little hints such as famous landmarks or even street signs are included can help.
In addition, great travel photos don’t always make it obvious to the viewer where they were taken. Instead, they should be interesting enough that an observer just has to ask, ‘where was this taken?’
Good travel photos tell a story and create a picture in the viewer’s mind via great composition and juxtaposition. If you’re taking pictures of objects, be very thoughtful about the angles you capture. Also, try to capture people interacting with the environment in the most interesting ways.
Explore Without Your Camera First
Get inspired by walking around the city you are visiting without your camera in tow at first. Smell the air, see the lights, meet the locals and just take it easy for a while.
You’ll be more relaxed and calm when it’s time to start focusing on photography, and you’ll already have ideas about exactly what you intend on capturing with your camera.
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