How to shoot great travel photos

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Most people nowadays will use a smartphone as their camera of choice, readily available and easy to use, the phone is the most prevalent device for day to day photography. In fact, some industry commentators suggest that the cameras on today’s top end smartphones could mean that they will replace the need for a mirrorless camera or DSLR.

When you have the benefit of travelling around the world and seeing different cultures, stunning places and unique environments; capturing those moments with digital photography and film enables lasting and shareable memories.

Irrespective of the camera used, taking great photographs is still a blend of skill, craft and experience.

Christophe Noel, a top travel photographer himself, while writing for , profiled a number of the best travel photographers and their professional tips on how to capture that great travel memory.

Mark Edward Harris

“ 1986 he set off on a four-month trek across the Pacific and throughout Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The images created on that trip brought attention to his travel and documentary photography. He since has visited and photographed in 100 countries.”

Portraits – the buy in and the long reach

“Portraits are an essential part of any travel story. How you go about getting them can be intimidating. There are those who elect to capture these moments with gigantic lenses from the social safety of 150 feet. Others, like Mark Edward Harris, employs an amiable disposition to get right into the action. He’s able to do so because he has mastered the buy-in and can make even the most reticent participant a willing subject.”

Bruce Dorn

““In Relentless Pursuit of Beauty” – Yeah, that about sums up my life story…“

Tell the story with images big and small

“This includes the use of wide sweeping landscapes, medium-range shots with intricate detail, candid portraits, and even macro shots illustrating the most minuscule scenes. When you view your surroundings this is how you digest those visuals. You look out at a mountain range as it stretches out across the horizon. You then study the details of the forest, and then inspect the subtle nuance of a pine cone. Those shots create a composite of images that depict an entire experience.”

Sinuhe Xavier

“Sinuhe Xavier is a director who consistently creates astonishing campaigns for the best-loved brands in the world. His 360º approach to content yields a full toolbox of visual perspectives from live-action to wide-screen shots...”

In the original article, Xavier shared some simple but effective tips,

Don’t shoot from six

This refers to the height of the lens held by an average man.

“Perspective is everything, so getting high above, or well below eyeball level can give an otherwise ordinary image a unique angle. Kneel down, stand in a hole if you have to, or hold your camera over your head. That may be all it takes to lend an image fresh perspective.”

Put the subject within the scene

In order to avoid a two dimensional image, find ways to add depth to the subject. Tell a story using the focus of the lens and highlight the subject in the scene rather than just consider the composition of the image.

Other effective tips

See the light from every angle The ability master the use light to add creativity is one of the most impactful skills to develop for great photography.

  • Side and back light can be harnessed to produce images with etherial effects.
  • Back light can lend an image dimension and drama.

Any shot is better than no shot

Always have your camera ready for that usual opportunity or unique moment in time. The chance shot can be one of the best!

Bracket and bracket some more

Bracketing is the general technique of taking several shots of the same subject using different camera settings. Sometimes shooting multiple frames with slight adjustments will mean you capture just the right image. The benefit of digital photography has to be the lack of limits on the number of shots you take...

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