Travel Photography – 10 Tips, 10 Pros

I picked up travel photogrpahy as my latest interest area, precisely because I feel I am very bad in this area. To understand this genre of photography its my way of taking notes of my learnings and as such this is second post in this series. I am compiling below few tips I came across from 10 pros considered masters in this genere of photography.

1. Don’t just take photos; create them by planning your shoot. “If you plan a photo session in advance, no matter where you travel, you’ll shoot images you’ll be proud of nearly every time”  – Michael Doven

2.  Odd numbers are more interesting than even numbers. For example, opting for three trees in a landscape, instead of four, “is more visually appealing”  — Wendy Connett

3. Take note of what’s behind your subject. “The background is just as important as the foreground in the final look of the image”  — Larry Louie

4. Engage your subjects by talking to them – or using gestures if you don’t speak the language. “When you create a feeling of intimacy … with your subject, you can shoot stunning portraits” — Chase Guttman

5. In popular tourist spots, go out early in the morning when the locals are going about their business, but before the tour groups arrive  — Mitchell Kanashkevich

6.  Practice “situational awareness” to anticipate what’s coming. When doing ski photography, for instance, get into position before a storm in order to capture the best post-storm light.  — Marc Muench

7. Be patient. Compose a shot and then wait for action to enter the scene   — Nadia Shira Cohen

8. Know your camera. Great travel photographers are a mix of “an artist who can make the ordinary look beautiful and a geek who understands a camera and all its settings”  — Tom Robinson

9.  Snapshots record memories. Photographs tell stories. “A great picture is one where we don’t know if we like it better because of the aesthetics or the content” — Jesse Kalisher

10.  When photographing an object in motion, follow it “with your body and camera while you’re snapping the image. You’re freezing the image as it’s moving, but the background relative to you is moving at a different speed, so you can capture the feeling of speed and exhilaration.” — Peter Guttman

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