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A guide to Travel photography

Updated on November 22, 2015

Bring the right gear

Know your destination and what the purpose of your trip is going to be. Plan as needed. if you are going to somewhere in the arctic or a desert in the summer, make sure that you have gear that can handle extreme temperature. If you are traveling to a place where it rains a lot make sure to be able to protect your gear.

Don't Bring to Much Stuff

Unless there is a specific reason, less is often times more in regards to the equipment for travel photography. The amount of equipment should be enough that the photographer does not feel limited, but not so much that the photographer can not manage all of the equipment. Remember that mobility is important when traveling. Having an excessive amount of gear can result in annoyance, troubles with air travel, and focus being diverted from getting the best images to how to manage so much equipment. Being weighed down by to much equipment can hinder a trip.

Know your destination

It is a bad idea to know nothing about a trip's destination, Learn if there are restrictions on photography. if certain types of cameras or lenses are not permitted. Learn if there are certain places where people are not permitted to photograph. Check up on whether or not there is easy, and available electricity at any destination. Learning about a trip's destination can help to resolve any situation that might arise as a photographer or a traveler.


Find good locations

During any trip, be sure to put in the effort to find the best places to photograph. Ask locals for good scenic spots. Try to find a place where not many tourists go. Find where the best natural environments are located. Try to find a contrast. Find the building in the forest, or the park in the big city. Putting the effort in to try and find the best locations, and not just what everyone else is photographing will help get the best images.

Get interesting photographs

When traveling, try to get photos that have interest. Avoid just going for snapshots. Try not to take the photo that seems the most obvious. Try to make the photographs different then those of everyone else's photographs in any particular location. Taking photographs that are unique and interesting will help to ensure sharable memories of any trip that are also high quality pictures to last for a long time after the trip is over.

Do other stuff

Unless a trip's purpose is only to take photos for a specific reason, like a job or for a media organization, Make sure to do other things besides taking photographs. If a trip is for studying, make sure to go to school and not just focus on photography. If a trip is for nothing more then a vacation, make sure to have fun. Don't allow photography to take focus away from whatever the purpose of traveling happens to be during a particular trip.


Don't be scared

When traveling to a new place, don't be scared or intimidated. Always be respectful, but stand up for yourself. As a photographer or videographer, don't be scared that people won't allow you to take their photo. it is always important to respect a photo's subject. However, try to not allow anyone to get in the way of a great photo.


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