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Travel Photography Tips for Your next Australian Adventure

Updated on April 26, 2017

Australia, The Magestic Land

If you are planning a vacation to Australia, you would want to capture all your experiences and have the best pictures to help you remember all the new and fun things you might have done or encountered there. Australia is a dream come true for any photographer. Its beautiful landscapes are so diverse that each location looks like an entirely different place. The vast and arid dunes, the mesmerizing snow-capped alpine peaks and the grasslands will hypnotize you. You will also get the opportunity to meet some the most majestic creatures that are part and parcel of the country. The Great Barrier Reef, Rottnest Island, Phillip and island and tons of other tourist locations will definitely blow your mind. So if you are getting an opportunity to visit the magical land then first and foremost, don't forget to pack your camera and secondly, keep these important pointers in mind

Australian landscape

  1. Research

Getting to know your new environment before you take off makes it easier for you to find perfect spots and locations to take pictures. Not only that, in professional photography the setting is vital as well, meaning the appropriate time of the day, will help you capture the perfect shots. Photographers usually spend a lot of their time doing research like reading books and brochures, taking bits of advice from friends and family or looking up the place online. The more you are prepared, the more time you will save so you can utilize it to take amazing travel pictures

2. Setting

Each dish has its own main ingredient that makes it perfect, and in the same way, the backdrop of a picture can be the difference between a fantastic and a bad shot. It is said that “light” is the main component of any good photograph therefore always try to sleep early so you can wake up early and utilize the golden hours to your advantage. The hour just after sunrise is the best time to capture award winning pictures. The soft glow and warmth projected by the rays of the sun just as it reflects off a water body, or the glistening of a snow covered mountain peak; any picture taken at that time will be a definite masterpiece if you already know what pictures you want. As an added advantage, you can have the entire place to yourself with a relaxing quiet setting and very few tourists around. You can also take pictures an hour before sunset, to give a crimson and orange backdrop.

3. Attire

It is vital that you dress for the occasion, not only for capturing great pictures of yourself but also to help you take pictures of things around you in different environments. It's always better to carry a couple of sports shoes, shorts, cargo pants, knee-length skirts, loose shirts that are preferably white, and lots of scarves for a warm location. Regardless of the location make sure you have clothes with lots of pockets for carrying your wallet, sunscreen, sunglasses, and other accessories.

Landscape photography


4. Get acquainted with your subject

You are in a foreign place with people that follow different customs and traditions, so it is always better to approach your subject, talk to them for a while and get to know them before taking a picture. Who knows, maybe your conversation with the subject might leave a smile on his/her face, thus helping you get a natural and happy shot. Also, try giving some information about yourself as well and maybe send them their picture. A tip - while taking a picture of a person, try not to place them in the center of your frame and if possible shoot them when they are not paying attention for more natural looking shots.

5. Keeping a slow pace

It is true that you might not get to visit the place again in the future, but that does not mean that you try to take in everything at once. Keep a slow pace so you can take quality images and maybe wander off to unplanned locations because you might find better scenery or new and exciting subjects for your shot. This does not mean that you spend hours taking pictures of the same subject or setting. So set you pace in advance and no matter what, don’t rush with the pictures.

6. Composition rules

You can always become better with picture compositions after some practice, but the rule of thirds is an important technique that you should nevertheless remember. When composing a shot, segregate the parts of the image into thirds to fit into an imaginary grid. For example, if you are taking a shot of a valley and the sky, the image would be partitioned horizontally, with the top two-thirds being the sky and bottom third being the valley. This will give your picture a better look instead of splitting it into two halves. For the depth of field or a smart technique to control the parts of a shot that are in focus, adjust the camera’s aperture. Focal compression is an excellent compositional approach, wherein a photographer uses a zoom lens to make an object appear closer when in reality it is not.

7. Relax

Let your travel be a new experience for you, so at times just leave the camera in your backpack and enjoy your surroundings, the people and the beauty of Mother Nature. Take pictures when your mind and gut tells you that you will get a picturesque shot in a particular location but do not forget to enjoy yourself. Don’t forget that your mood and state of mind can in some ways effect the quality and imaginativeness of your shots. Patience can help you focus on your work and enhance your skills.

Composition Techniques


After the Travel

As a small suggestion, once you are back from your travels, go through all your pictures and if you have promised to send some of them to your new friends from the place you recently visited, then do it immediately before you forget. Also always take a back-up of all your shots because you wouldn't want to lose or misplace them. If you are a writer than you can write a blog or articles describing your experience and make sure you post the pictures, there. Send them to your friends and family members and update your profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites, with the pictures you captured. An even better idea is to go old-school and have them printed so that you can frame or store them in an album of memories.



© 2017 Lowitta


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