Although it helps if you do, but seeing the world or having expensive equipment is not an absolute requisite to clicking good travel photos.
Sure, what’s in front of your camera and what kind of camera it is decides a great deal, but you need to know how to work that mean machine to make heart-stopping photos. And to be able to do it effortlessly requires some talent, a lot of practice and a few tricks up your sleeve. Here, we intend to help you with the last bit. Because good pictures make travels last longer and reminiscing about them a lot more pleasant.
Choose lightweight gear
Although a large-format 8×10 camera can be really useful in taking beautiful, nuanced photos, but you would not want to burden your travels with all that weight. It’s therefore a good idea to take a realistic inventory of your gear and cross-reference it with your plans before you get to packing your stuff. More so if you’re going for a hike or like to explore the unseen on foot. An SLR camera coupled with one or two lenses and a backup battery fits just right with all kinds of plans.
It’s a good idea to shoot on Aperture Priority Mode with a large aperture like f/1.8 or something similar. It will blur the background to create bokeh effect and would enhance focus on the subject. Such photos come out best when shot with 50mm or 85mm prime lenses. If you’re into street photography, portraits and detailed shots, then make sure you take your 50mm lens with you. It will make a world of difference to your photos.
The multipurpose self-timer
Make use of self-timer to minimise blur and camera shake in low-light conditions. It will also help in preventing jerky effects when you use slow shutter speed (for instance 1/15 or slower). Taking a tripod along on a holiday is a lot of unwanted baggage. If you use self-timer just right, you won’t miss it too much.
Getting white balance right
White balance plays a crucial role in controlling a photograph’s colour temperature. You therefore need to be extra careful with how you make use of it. To capture a shot as you see it, set white balance on automatic and switch it manually depending on the light.
This one is especially for those who travel on a budget. Keeping a few things in mind can help you drastically cut down the cost of your trip, enhancing the overall experience. What kind of things, you ask? Here are a few:
- Stay at hostels and not hotels. Not just pocket-friendly, they are also great places to meet new people.
- Book air tickets way in advance. Carpool for local commute and sightseeing. It’s another fun way to meet like-minded travellers.
- Don’t fall for travel agents. Plan the trip yourself. It will be a little more work but you will end up saving a lot of money and learning a lot more about the place you’re about to visit. Plus, who likes to be told what to do and when to do it, especially on a holiday?
- Travel in off season. Because why not? It’s easier to get leave from work when no one else wants it, you get everything at discounted prices and it lets you successfully avoid crowds. Now that sounds like a real vacation.