Some tips to help make your travel photography successful.
From selfies on our phone to landscapes on our full frame DSLR, photos are how we remember our trips. Whether we are taking casual snaps or on a organized photo tour, here are five rules to help you enjoy your time and bring home some meaningful photographs.
My First Rule of Travel Photography: It’s Better to Get Something than Nothing
It poured rain on a trip I made to Vienna. I took a city bus tour to see some of the sights. The rain on the windows made it hard to get good photos, but I still shot lots of photos. They are not the best as they are through the raindrops, but I at least have some memories of what those places that I will not see again are like.
It’s Better to Get Something than Nothing
Bill’s Second Rule of Travel Photography: Shoot Lots
Many times when I am touring a place I will pass up a shot saying to myself that I will come back if I don’t find a better angle. Not always do I find a better angle and hardly ever do I have time or remember to go back to take that original shot. Shoot as you go along. Yes you may have repeats but at least you will not forget anything.
Bill’s Third Rule of Travel Photography: Record Your Memories
That flower might be pretty but don’t forget all those stairs you climbed to get to the top of the cathedral. Record what you do not just what you see.
Record Your Memories
Bill’s Fourth Rule of Travel Photography: Be Respectful
Different countries have different cultures and customs. While in the U.A.E. I found out it was rude to take a photo of a woman without her husband’s or father’s permission. Not something I would have thought of unless I did my homework before getting there. We are the visitor. We need to try and respect their ways as much as possible.
Bill’s Fifth Rule of Travel Photography: Have Fun
Sometimes we are concentrating so hard on taking our photos that we forget to enjoy the moment. Enjoy the trip, not just taking the photos.
Following my five rules of travel photography should help guide you to some great photos and more importantly, a great trip.