Travel Photography

Camera

Having previously been weighed down by a heavy DSLR camera body with multiple lenses to switch between throughout each day, I’m ridiculously content with my latest arrangement – what I’m dubbing the perfect travel camera, particularly for bloggers.


Lenses

Of course the lenses you choose will depend on the camera you choose (for specifics), but generally speaking you should be sure to get your hands on the following: x1 wide angle lens x1 zoom lens x1 “nifty fifty“ (a bloggers’ secret weapon) These lenses produce a perfectly crisp shot and are typically used more than any other lens by bloggers for ‘those’ blog photos. You won’t regret it.


Film

A great way to capture moments and remember a place, person or feeling is to grab a quick snap on film. These tangible moments are a great way to keep moments for yourself – there’s still something special about a memory caught on film. I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one of these bad boys – a Fujifilm Instax Mini.


Accessories

The photos you capture are highly determined not just by the camera and lenses you choose, but also the accessories that help you take your mediocre photos to the next level. How? If you want to take great underwater footage, consider a dive filter. If you want to shoot videos at night or low lighting, consider an LED light. If you are travelling solo, you can’t go wrong with a travel friendly tripod.


Before you Go

Consider theft:

One of the worst case scenarios can be to lose your gear and subsequently your travel memories. Think about the preventative steps you can take to combat theft: be that by purchasing an unassuming camera bag or ‘roughing up’ your gear by covering it in some old tape. Be sure to do your research before you go and find out how safe it is to take your expensive gear with you – then act accordingly.


Back it up:

Incase the above does occur, keep all your images backed up on an external hard drive or back up your images using an online provider such as Google Drive.


Insure:

Incase you lose, have stolen, or damage your equipment, it is an absolute necessity to buy travel insurance and ensure you have a level of coverage that will include your expensive camera equipment.


Practise makes perfect:

Before you go, be sure to trial all your gear and get to know how it works best and works for you.


On location: Subjects

People

Be sure to ask before you take someone’s photo if you think the situation calls for it – it can also be a great conversation starter if you’re looking to meet some locals.


Places

The way that you shoot a place – be it the Taj Mahal or the Hong Kong skyline – can quickly go from mediocre to magnificent just by employing a little creative. Instead of shooting your subject straight on (like every other tourist photo), why not take a photo from below, a fisheye photo from close up, or use a wide angle lens to capture more. Don’t be afraid to experiment and fail in the process. Just fail better next time.


On location: Timing, Lighting, Composition

Timing

Try to be patient and wait it out if you see a good opportunity for a photograph but need a subject in the frame to tell the story better or need to return when the sun is not so harsh.


Lighting

It’s natural to want to shoot all day, all the time, and everywhere when you’re on a vacation. However the best images will likely occur in the early mornings and early evenings as the sun is lower in the sky, thus providing a much softer light to photograph with.


Composition

Before you start snapping away because something looks amazing to the naked eye, it is imperative to ask yourself: what do I want to capture in the frame? Also just as important as what SHOULD be included is to consider what SHOULD NOT be included.