Travel Photography Tips
1. You Can Never Take Enough Pictures
The first travel photography tips is ~ It’s always disappointing to discover that what you thought was a perfect shot is blurry, over or under-exposed, or shows someone blinking.
For every great photo, there are plenty of not-so-great photos — improve your chances by taking multiple shots of everything.
Many DSLR cameras like the Nikon D7100 offer lighting fast shutter speeds. Use of the continuous shooting settings ensure that multiple shots are captured with a single click of the button.
Monuments and museums make for memorable photos, but the customs, costumes, and daily activities of the locals are equally important in giving a country its unique character.
Of course, remember to always be polite and respectful.
If someone seems uncomfortable with your attention, don’t take the photo.
3. Geotag Photos
Geotagging photos clears up any confusion on where a photo was taken and will come in handy when uploading photos to a searchable database. There are many methods of connecting your pictures with the associated location.
Some cameras and most smart phones have built-in GPS’s to automatically tag photos. Alternatively, you can purchase an add-on GPS accessory.
4. Pay Attention to Signs
In addition to geotagging, taking pictures of local signs and identifying marks will help you keep track of where photos were taken.
Plus, you won’t believe how many translated signs and place names are unintentionally hilarious. These photos can a be a great conversation piece and excellent for sharing on social media.
5. Back to the Basics
A simple review of photography concepts such as lighting and exposure, and a review of your camera’s settings, can dramatically improve your photos.
6. To Zoom, or Not to Zoom?
Trick question: the answer is both!
A mix of sweeping panoramas, close-ups, and macro shots keep an album interesting, and help to truly capture the essence of a place.
7. Bring Extra Storage Cards
Ditch the card that came with your camera for something bigger, and bring extra cards in case you run out of room or one gets damaged.
8. Upload, Upload, and then Upload Again
Whenever you have Internet access, upload your photos.
This serves as a back-up in case your camera is damaged or lost, and also prevents the long upload times that result from letting photos pile up.
Another option is to purchase a storage card or camera with the ability to connect with Wi-Fi and automatically upload your pictures. Many smart phones have this feature built in.
9. Have a Plan for Recharging
Even if you have rechargeable batteries, you won’t be able to recharge them unless you have the correct power adapter for whatever country you are traveling through.
So bring extra batteries, and if you will be off the grid, look into solar-powered or hand-crank chargers, which enable you to power up your devices from pretty much anywhere.
10. Carry a small pocket size camera with you at all times
If you select a larger camera for picture quality, you may also want to travel with a pocket size camera or high quality smart phone camera. Imagine yourself reaching for your camera as you find the perfect shot.
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