As a professional travel photographer for over a decade, I’ve encountered a plethora of circumstances requiring technical, personal, and logistical photographic expertise. I’ve learnt over the years that a photographer’s style is always changing and that honing abilities takes time and expertise.
These are 10 vacation photography techniques you need to know, based on my experience as a photographer!
1. Be Considerate of Locals and Private Property
Consider how your presence and photographic ideas may influence people and their property before embarking on any overseas assignments. If you want to shoot anywhere on private land, always seek permission first. While it may be allowed to photograph individuals on the street, if you want a specific image of someone, it’s better to ask them first.
Locals have generally been extremely friendly and helpful in allowing me to shoot photographs on their land, and asking ahead of time shows respect.
2. Back-Up Your Photos
It’s critical to have a strategy in place for backing up and filing your photographs. After I’ve finished shooting for the day, I back up my photographs every night. For each of my visits, I create different folders on my computer and back them up to an external hard drive.
You don’t want to risk losing an entire trip’s worth of photographs due to a bad card or a hard disc failure.
3. Experiment with Different Angles
Experimenting with angles is one of the simplest ways to produce intriguing photos. The majority of photographs are taken at eye level, however climbing high up or low down may quickly add interest to your photos. Find new perspective points to take photographs from, such as getting down on the ground and shooting from there, using a drone to shoot from above, and finding and using guide lines to pull the viewer’s eye.
4. Allow for Spontaneity
While planning out your vacation photography sites ahead of time is a fantastic approach to assure some amazing images, leaving room for unexpected experiences and photos will keep your photography fresh and interesting.
A suggestion that goes hand-in-hand with avoiding overbooking yourself is to experiment with your photography and keep your schedule and photographs spontaneous. This will make shooting images enjoyable and stress-free.
5. Learn How to Edit
Learning how to edit properly will be a game-changer if you want to take your photographs to the next level and make them seem professional.
There are numerous picture editing tools available, but regardless of which one you choose, make sure your horizon lines are straight, your colours and exposure are balanced, and that you evaluate your composition.
6. Choose Hotels Based on Location
As previously said, I prepare a list of the addresses of each of the top photographic sites I want to visit before each trip, and then I map out where each of them is. Choosing a strategically situated hotel based on these destinations is the easiest method to see all of these attractions in the lowest amount of time.
7. Get Local Tips
While conducting study before of time to identify the finest shooting places is a good idea, speaking with locals while you’re there will provide you with insights you wouldn’t have obtained otherwise. Locals are frequently familiar with the greatest shooting sites in their area and may advise you on how to avoid the throng.
8. Compose Your Shot
While there are no hard and fast rules for how you should compose your photographs, keeping a few important factors in mind will help you improve your photography. Follow the rule of thirds, give your shot a focal point of interest, think about symmetry, add foreground interest, and utilise guiding lines as examples.
9. Add a Human Element
Whether you want to photograph yourself or other people in the neighbourhood, including a human aspect in your photographs will make them more personal and relevant.
Not to mention, returning home and discovering you have no photographs from your vacation may be a major letdown!
10. Be Patient
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat and waited for the weather to clear, the people to disperse, and the circumstances to improve. Remember that the finest pictures don’t always come easily and that it’s always worth the wait.