If you go back through my many posts here on the blog you will find that I enjoy sharing travel photography tips. You will find posts on wether you should buy a DSLR or a point & shoot or tips on how to take better photographs. I love photography, I think photography is a key part of enjoying travelling and I even get upset when I miss out on photographing a place.
So, for this post I have decided to put together some quick pointers on how to be a better travel photographer.
Look at travel blogs, go on 500px or Flickr and see what locations and hot spots photographers have gone to to snag the ultimate shot. Even heading to Instagram and scrolling through tagged locations can help.
Prepare the night before
Have you cleared memory cards? Charged batteries? We recommend bringing along a laptop and a hard drive (or two). Oh, and don’t even think about using your iPad to store photographs.
Prepare for the worst
Do you have wet weather gear? Tripod? And most importantly, travel insurance?
Pack less gear
Body, battery, wide angle and telephoto zoom angle is all you usually need to capture everything.
Personal safety first
It can be a danger to yourself carrying around expensive equipment, so be alert and always suss out dodgy looking areas. You probably already look like a tourist, don’t be a stupid tourist who want their gear stolen.
One of the most important tips in my opinion. Travel isn’t about taking alot of photographs. Pause, listen to the music and surrounding hustle. Absolutely worst case scenario you get to see the world with your eyes and not the lens.
Learn local dialect
Learn how to say “may I take your picture please”, “thank you” and “can you take mine, please”.
Understand the Culture
Some people may not like you snapping photographs. Remember to have respect and understanding. If you are unsure refer to the previous point.
Understand the restrictions
You may not be able to take photographs of certain places, always double check when on sacred grounds or restricted areas. If you are unsure refer to previous point or ask a local who understands you.
Pen & paper
If we ever take a photo of a local we like to ask them for their address or email so we can send it to them, so many have appreciated this gesture and this will help pave the way for future photographers to photograph the area with ease.
Be aware of your surroundings. We can not count the amount of times we have tripped over or knocked our heads on rocks and walls as we were too involved in the photography process.
Share With Photographers
Rather than Facebook, pick your absolute best and upload them to 500px or Flickr. There is a community of photographers who will appreciate the art of photography moreso than your colleague Irene at work.
Ask for constructive criticism to learn what you can change.
Do you have any photography tips you would like to share?
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