Travel Photography - Some Tips

This is the first article I published in Shopartgallery's Page On Facebook and is dedicated to Travel Photography, a fascinating world in which once you've entered, is very difficult to leave. It becomes a burning passion that makes you long for the next opportunity to go out with your camera.

Have you ever stopped at least once in front of a picture that caught your breath and made you dream of magical places? I know I have. Take a look at these shots, aren't they marvellous?

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I have travelled to different places and took a lot of pictures, many of which have been published in various magazines and websites. I cannot claim to be an expert but in all my years of travelling, I gathered quite a bit of experience. I learned that it is not enough to hold a camera to get great quality photos.

Today I put together some tips and tricks that you might find useful for creating spectacular travel photos:

1.First you need to think about what story or message you want to tell when you take a picture of a place. You must ask yourself, “What kind of photography do I want to do?” “What will the photo be used for or how will a customer use it?” “If the photo is not for sale, where do I want to show it?” Once you’ve answered these questions, you need to think about composition.

2.Composition. Taking simple snap shots is easy, anyone can do that. Creating powerful imagery is where the challenge lies. To create stunning photos, you need to look for the focal point of that landscape or scene that will convey your message. Try different angles that will give life to the story that you want to tell before taking the shot. Use the RULE OF THIRDS, one of the most popular photo composition rules, to capture attention and create a dynamic composition. Just imagine a photo is split into three equal parts, both vertically and horizontally. Those imaginary lines dividing the photo are called the power lines. Placing the subject in the centre of a photo is not always a good idea. It creates a static atmosphere and can be unappealing to the viewer. For a well balanced composition, place the main subject on the power lines or on the points of intersection between them.

Also, do not get caught in the habit of shooting only in landscape mode. Try the portrait mode too and you will be amazed by the results!

3. Accurate knowledge of your camera is a must in order to obtain great results. To produce exactly the type of photos you want, you have to know your camera’s capabilities as well as the range of lenses to use. The quality of your photo equipment is also very important. I’m not saying that you cannot get beautiful photos and sell them using regular photographic equipment. I’m just saying that exceptional quality photos can only be obtained using specific equipment. This particular topic is very broad and subject to various arguments. We can discuss this more in future articles.

4.Another MUST in order to get the perfect shots is to use a tripod. When shooting in certain lighting situations the camera can produce vibrations that have a negative impact on the photo, resulting to blurry images. Therefore a tripod should be solid enough to support the weight of the camera, especially if you use heavy lenses. Similarly, without a tripod, you may need to compensate by bumping up the ISO. Keep in mind that increasing the ISO makes the amount of noise grow proportionally. That in turn could compromise the image quality. It is never a good idea to think that it’s okay to get noise because it can be cleaned in post-production. This concept is true only in a very small percentage. Using software to reduce noise can result to a substantial loss of picture quality because noise reduction leads to loss of detail.

5.Don’t be afraid to use the full manual settings of your camera. Shoot in RAW only instead of JPEG. If you need to make some changes to your photos at a later stage, the JPEG file will be useless. Every time a JPEG file is modified and saved, the photo quality decreases. Shooting in RAW gives you more control on how to post-process your images after a shoot. Once the editing process is finished, you can export the file to JPEG format or to TIFF and then JPEG.

Since summer is almost here, I encourage you to go out and take exceptional travel photos. Put them up for sale on your personal website, micro or macrostock agencies and send it to webmaster@shopartgallery.com . We will publish the best works in our Facebook page!

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June 08, 2011

Tan510jomast

good posting.
I am an avid traveler since my non stock photography days. unfortunately, I have tons of images made with my old Nikon F on negatives that will do me great for DT portfolio but it can be expensive converting them to digital.
That said, observations from my most wanted travel shots, taken from sales of the top three microstock sites, I would say it's timelessness that sold my image(s).
It's interesting to note that other much better shots of this historic sites do not so so well. I often wonder why the same shot gets so downloaded every so often , until one of my clients who is a travel agent pointed out, "timelessness. this shot looks like it is still like that today. the others look like it's a one time chanced shot. it could be a great art shot being one time incredible lighting, but for a travel brochure, the company wants something that when you go there today it looks like that. not having to tell the tourist group, oh.. that's an old picture.".
something to think...

May 31, 2011

Dprogers

Some lovely photos. I love travelling. Countries 51 to 54 coming up in the next few weeks. To me the essence of travel photography is that it must give a sense of being there. A photo that can seem to be anywhere is not a good travel photo. If you want to see some of my work www.suitcasephotography.com will have photos from all seven continents - some of which are on Dreamstime, but yes, lovely photos, well done :-)

May 30, 2011

Voytekj

Thanks for sharing....

May 28, 2011

Jianbinglee

Beatiful photos! Vefy amazing...

May 17, 2011

Dark3y3s

Lovely photos! Good job and keep up with the project! It's a nice idea :)

May 17, 2011

smartview27

Great photos!

May 16, 2011

Serjedi

great advices thanks

May 16, 2011

Vwimage

Lovely images. Thanks for sharing your expertese.

May 15, 2011

lzf

beautiful

May 15, 2011

FabioConcetta

Amazing image,well done!

May 14, 2011

Picstudio

Beautiful pics.

May 14, 2011

Joe1971

It is very beautiful1

May 14, 2011

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing Corina.. This is a great blog... Many of my images are from travels that I have made in the past 2 years, so it is very useful.

May 14, 2011

Nero67

Interesting article,complimenti!!!

May 14, 2011

Iwhitwo

Nice job Corina!

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