Travel photography is the perfect avenue to keep those fab trip memories alive for years to come. But how many of us are professional photographers? Trained professionals skilled and practiced in the fine arts of capturing special travel moments with our cameras? How many of us would love to step up our game, to improve upon or refine our photo snapping skills?
I know I do! I’m always on the hunt for new photo-taking tips to enhance my own travel photography. Recently, in the quest to improve upon my photographic skills, I came across this infographic: 10 Tips for Travel Photography. It’s just what us “not quite professional” travel photographers need to learn a new trick or two for our photo-taking bag of tricks.
Got Camera, Need Help?
Well my photo-snapping friends, then these ten tips are for you! Whether it’s just one tip, or all ten, that take your skills to the next level, this is one infographic that every travel photographer should read.
My Favorite Tips For Travel Photography
I am not a professional photographer. However, I am a travel photographer. I love taking photos while on vacation so that I can cherish those memories long after the trip is over. These three particular Travel Photography Tips are ones that I recommend everyone consider prior to heading out on their next vacation. I did not always heed these three tips, and unfortunately paid the price in missed photo opportunities or less than optimal images.
1. Take Extra Storage, Batteries and Memory Cards
You don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere with that perfect scene right in front of you, only to learn that your battery is dead, or that SD card is full or fails to function!
What I Didn’t Do: I did not carry spare SD cards. Until I learn my lesson the hard way! Right in the middle of an incredible experience, my SD card failed. No spare SD card on hand = missed photo-opportunity. And I’ve been three hours into a six hour adventure when my battery died. Yep. No spare on hand.
What You Should Do: Pack your camera bag with at least one extra SD card as well as a spare battery, fully charged of course.
2. Know Your Equipment Beforehand
Purchased a new camera for that upcoming vacation? Spend time learning how to optimally use it before you pack your bags. Each camera has it’s own nuances, and it’s own tweaks to optimize performance. You may always purchase Nikon cameras, but even within the same brand, different models will have different features.
What I Didn’t Do: I purchased a camera a few short weeks before a major vacation and didn’t even look at the manual before the trip. You guessed it. My photos were less than optimal. 🙁
What You Should Do: Spend time getting to know the camera’s features before leaving town. Take a few practice shots both indoors and outdoors to get a feel for it’s performance. Familiarize yourself with where each of the camera’s main features are.
3. Travel Light
Dragging along your whole accoutrement of camera gear can get quite weighty! Focus on what you really need for your upcoming adventures. You may not need every piece of camera gear you own to capture your ideal travel photos.
What I Used To Do: I brought a DSLR complete with both a short focus and a long focus lens, a smaller prosumer camera, and a waterproof camera, as well as a cell phone camera. That’s a lot of gear to tote around for a carry-on baggage only traveler! Not to mention the sore shoulders from hours of carrying a fully-loaded, hefty camera bag.
What I Do Now: I invested in a quality 18-300mm travel lens, eliminating the need to bring two different lenses on most trips. And sometimes I leave the DSLR at home! I’ll opt instead to only bring my much smaller prosumer camera.
Bonus Travel Light Tip! Consider what photographic gear you really need to capture your travel adventures, and bring a camera that matches your vacation style. Does your adventure focus on highly active or wet-n-wild adventures? Perhaps this is the vacation to not bring that DSLR along. Instead, consider a good quality prosumer camera that is much smaller, more durable and easier to manage.
What’s Your Favorite Travel Photography Tip?
Do you enjoy snapping shots of your travel adventures, preserving those memories for years to come? What’s your favorite travel photography tip here? Do you have another tip you’d like to share? Please do!
Mountain image by C.Biederman. Camera image by ScottSymonds via Flickr. Nikon diagram by Nikon USA. SD cards by Sandisk.