Travelling is rewarding on its own. It enriches the soul, introduces us to new people, places and experiences and keeps us active and happy. Travel heals us. If, in addition to this, you’re one of those amazing people with an eye for photography, then you’re in luck. It provides you with an opportunity to actually make a profession out of a beloved hobby. Social networks are a perfect platform to display your work, but first you have to get noticed. In order to do that, your travel photography skills should become extraordinarily good.
If this is something you want, here are some phenomenal tips for you.
Don’t Save on Equipment
Yes, you can take photos with your phone and adjust its settings in order to utilize it to its full potential and make them look incredible to some degree. After all, some of today’s smartphones are of superb quality and will allow you to do wonders with your photos. However, if you want photos that show some next-level quality and professionalism, you have to invest in a decent camera. Your camera doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you want your photography to become stuff of legend and make some money off it, you should purchase some solid gear.
Aside from a camera, you’ll need adequate lenses, a lightweight, yet reliable tripod, several memory cards. a memory card case, spare camera batteries and chargers. You will also need a good laptop or a tablet and a weatherproof protective casing for all of your equipment. That way, you’ll be ready for any situation a travel photographer might encounter. It’s not just photography skills that you need to be successful, you also need the right tools.
Invest in Yourself
If you possess unbelievable amounts of talent and doing your best, but still can’t achieve the success you aim for, start working on yourself more meticulously. It’s possible that you’re making mistakes you aren’t aware of. You might have even noticed them but you’re uncertain of how to correct them. If you feel that it is apparent you’re missing something crucial, it’s a smart idea to sign up for one of the eminent photography workshops out there. This can be a fun, exciting and interesting way to learn photography effectively and stand out from the plethora of other travel photographers.
You can never go wrong with photography masterclasses, courses or workshops. You will have the chance to learn from experienced and award-winning professionals who will improve your photography skills, inspire you and spark your imagination. There’s always space for progress and new learnings, so take advantage of other photographers’ experiences and knowledge to advance rapidly.
If you’re only starting your travel photography adventure, you don’t have to spend insane amounts of money on trips to exotic locations. Instead, you can start closer to home. You can take some extraordinary photos from your own backyard or a national park near your home. You can get valuable experience this way, so that it’s easier for you to take better photos once you start paying for trips abroad. Don’t forget, what’s a stroll around the block for you, may be the next destination of choice for somebody who sees your work.
Follow Your Desire
While there are places in the world famous for stunning landscapes, you don’t really have to choose your travel destinations in accordance with that. Surely, there are countries and regions you’ve always wanted to see, and there’s no reason not to travel there and take photos. After all, it’s all about finding beauty even where others don’t see it. When you arrive at the location of your preference, take some time to walk around and explore, with your equipment ready, so that you can capture the moment as it happens. Some of the most breathtaking photos were taken spontaneously, so keep your eyes open and your camera in your hand. You’re likely to end up with some of the most exceptional photos you’ve ever taken this way.
Consider Your Timing
If you’ve waited years to take a photo of a beach, a beautiful landscape or a famous site, but are unhappy with the result due to the crowds of people in view, you’ve probably chosen the wrong time to shoot. There are a few things you can do to fix this. First, you can choose to visit popular destinations in the off-season, when there are fewer people around. There will be a better chance for photos where nothing will stand between you and what you’re trying to take a photo of.
If you find yourself somewhere in the peak of the season, rise with the sun and be at a spot before anybody else and take advantage of the awe-inspiring photos without any disturbances. If you’re up early and ready, exploit the sunlight during the magic hour, which is the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset. This is the ideal time for taking photos. Also, try to take as many photos as you can just before sunset, as the light is reddish and soft, which your photos can benefit from.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or merely an amateur enthusiast. You can make mesmerizing photos if you just put some love and effort into it. Start with these tips, move forward from them, and reach the level of photography skills and expertise you seek.
Sophia Smith is beauty and lifestyle blogger, graphic designer and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about eco-friendly and green topics, sustainable fashion, eco beauty, and conscious business. Sophia’s other hobbies centre around her love for yoga, wellness rituals and living in balance with nature. She loves sharing meaningful content that inspires people and has covered topics ranging from organic beauty products and sustainability to self-care and mental health.
Sophia has contributed to a number of publications including Eco Warrior Princess, Naughty Nutrition, Herbs Mother Earth Living, Yoga Trade, Sivana Spirit, Bonvita Style, Carousel, and Cause Artist.