So you’re starting to plan your next vacation, you’re checking the hotel reviews, trying to find the best deal on your plane tickets and trying to decide which camera and lenses to bring with you. Here are a few vacation photography tips to help you on your next travels:
- Due diligence is king (err..or queen it’s 2019 after all) . Do your research before hand, make a list of the places you want to photograph or of certain scenes you’d like to capture
- Don’t bring a big, heavy camera. Bring a small camera with decent image quality, this will give you mobility, energy and keep you inspired even after many hours of walking in the sun.
- Don’t bring lots of lenses with you. They’ll just wear you down, try to bring one or two lenses max. The kit lens works or if you’re passionate about perfect image quality try a prime lens or two.
- Search Instagram or Google for cool photos of the city or place you’re planning to visit. This will give you inspiration for certain spots to visit and it will help you have a mental or written checklist of the images you want to capture.
- Don’t be disappointed if you don’t have the perfect weather or light. Try to find a workaround: shoot having black and white in mind or find interesting details, framing or composition
- Enjoy your time there, live in the moment. Don’t keep shooting every 5 seconds, you’ll end up with hundreds or thousands of photos you’ll never watch again. Take your immersing yourself in your surroundings and shoot meaningful moments
- Look for the light. Remember it’s better to photograph a well lit subject than a beautiful subject that’s in full shadow
- Avoid crowded places, find your own way. Famous landmarks will be crowded and busy all day long but there are plenty of beautiful scenes and opportunity in less known places
- Take a break, enjoy some good food. This one is as obvious as they come.
- Quality over quantity. Try to takes less photos but spend more time composing and finding beautiful light
- Stay well hydrated. It’s easy to forget to drink water but hydration will keep your mind and body sharp so you can feel inspired and energetic
- Take some photos during the night. The places and the mood will change after dark, don’t forget to document that as well
- Find high ground. Many places have a high tower or building you can access from you you can see the entire city. The view will be incredible and so will your photos. It’s worth paying the entry fee to such places
- The early bird catches the worm. The most famous landmarks will be incredible busy with other tourists so if you plan on taking a photo of that place be sure to be there as early as possible in the A.M.
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share this article if you found it helpful. Enjoy your vacation!
What vacation photography tips can you think of from your travels? Let me know in the comment section below.