9 Recommendations for good travel photos of Charesse TravelPics
1. The right technical equipment
For good photos you have to be relaxed. Finds the right balance between important camera equipment and unnecessary luggage. Because too heavy camera equipment when travelling can spoil the mood and the photos can suffer.
Pay attention to which lens or accessories you always carry around with you, but actually never use.
Think carefully in advance about what you want to photograph and choose which lens you pack. If you want to take close-ups of animals and plants, for example, you can’t avoid a telezoom. The wide-angle lens is essential for landscape and panoramic shots. For street photography and portraits, a lens with a small aperture is recommended. A small handy fixed focal length lens can also be used here very well.
A good travel tripod is also important, e.g. for impressive night shots or pictures with movement effects. Instead of aluminium, the tripod should be made of carbon. Carbon tripods are lighter and significantly stiffer – you’ll feel the difference.
Of course, it is also important to have enough spare batteries and, above all, enough memory cards!
2. Use the different lighting situations and plan them
Light is the be-all and end-all when taking pictures. Take advantage of the different light situation, and sometimes get up early in the morning to take the special light of the sunrise with you. Especially when taking landscape shots, fantastic images can be created.
The day starts very early in the morning with the so-called Blue Hour.
The dark sky turns into a strong dark blue and immerses everything in wonderful light. The Blue Hour also takes place at dusk after sunset and before the night darkness.
Use the natural colors for your travel pictures.
After the blue hour in the morning it goes into the so-called “Golden Hour”. Here, too, you can use the light for impressive images, everything is bathed in golden light for a short time. You can use this very well for city and building photography or mountain photography. The golden hour takes place again just before the blue hour at dusk. Become familiar with this cycle.
Tip: To be on site in time for sunrise and sunset, you can download apps like Sun Surveyor that tell you the sunrise and sunset time and the sun’s course at your location.
Also during the day you can benefit from light as a design tool for your travel photos. Strong shadows, for example, are great for dramatic architectural shots, covered sky makes colors seem particularly rich.
Use the light in your travel photos!
3. Dare to take portraits!
Portraits of people always make documentaries about foreign people and cultures particularly exciting. But especially photographers who don’t practice much street photography often have inhibitions to photograph people directly.
The fear is usually unfounded. It is important to be friendly and unobtrusive. Most people don’t mind being photographed. Many even rejoice in the attention.
Language barriers are not a problem: a finger pointing at the camera and a friendly smile are often enough, and an international “May I take a photo” is understood almost everywhere.
Here’ applies: Exercise makes the Master, and after you’ve managed to address people a few times, whether verbal or nonverbal, you’ll become much more relaxed about dealing with portraits and your photos will become more and more interesting.
Here again the rule applies: Respect and courtesy are the be-all and end-all. Then it works with the portraits.
Always think of the protection of the personal rights of the photographed persons: no unauthorized commercial use of their portraits. If you might want to use a particularly good portrait commercially later, remember to have your model’s contact details given on site for any consent. Before you go home again…
4. Spend a lot of time in the place and familiarize yourself with it
Of course, there is always the spontaneous lucky hit in photos, but in most cases it is recommended to spend really longer time in the place you want to photograph. Get to know him, look around and discover besides the superficial motifs also hidden photogenic beads can.
In addition, the longer you stay in one place, the more people trust you. This creates a good basis for relaxed portrait photos. Also you get tips for good travel photos in nice conversation with locals.
5. Use the leading line in image compositions
A line in the picture where the eyescan hang out always forms an exciting composition effect. Try it out with your travel pictures. Looks for lines and patterns that go to the main motif. These can be, for example, a path, footprints in the snow or sand, the trace of a ship or a pattern. Especially in landscape photography, the leading lines create additional image tension.
6. Use the third rule
Always pay attention to an exciting image composition. Most of you know the Golden Cut. The “third rule” is a simple variation of this.
When taking pictures, mentally divide your image into nine equal parts, i.e. horizontally and vertically into three equal surfaces. Many cameras can also show these lines directly into the viewfinder (searches for “grid” or “grid lines” in the menu).
The most important rule: Never place your main motif directly in the middle. Otherwise your travel photo will be boring. Instead, put it in one of the horizontal or vertical thirds. It is best to place your main motif at the intersections or along the intended lines, as in the Golden Cut.
7. Use depth of field as a design tool
Depth of field is one of the most important design levels for photos. Dare to experiment a lot with your travel photos. Creates foreground and background with depth of field, distracts from unimportant details, and creates moods and layers.
It is worth investing in a good lens with a small aperture, starting at 1.8 or even 1.4 aperture. The result will convince you.
8. Good research
Find out about good motives, interesting regions and things to look out for on the Internet or with friends who have already been to the travel country.
A mixture of good photo motifs and spontaneous motifs that come to you in front of the lens on site is the ideal mix for travel photography.