2 Simple Steps to Improve Your Travel Photography

Whenever you travel to a new place and you take your camera with your for some travel photography, what’s the one thing you’re tempted to do?

It may be to stand at the normal eye level and just snap a photo with a standard exposure.

In this post, I’ll share 2 simple steps to improve your travel photography so that you never do that again.

PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

Perspective is a huge part of every photography genre. Now, you can take that initial photo at eye level. However, after you do, make a large loop around whatever you’re shooting to see all of the angles and small details you can add to your photos.

After you’ve surveyed your subject, it’s time to find a good perspective. It could be extremely low to the ground, standing higher up on a ledge pointing down, or it could be with a drone pointing directly down at a bird’s eye view.

For the photo below, I chose to select a perspective that was about a foot off of the ground and that was angled up towards the sky using the clouds and sun to eliminate some of the negative space in the blue sky above. It also used the surrounding buildings on the sides to give the photo and location context.

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MANIPULATE TIME

Photographers use light and time to their advantage to create interesting and perplexing photographs. Time is one of the things that I love to use creatively in my own photography because of what it does to the photo.

While I was in Toronto, I took a Neutral Density Filter by Polar Pro with me for this specific type of photograph. A neutral density filter (ND filter) is like a pair of really dark sunglasses for your lens. When you place it over your lens, you won’t be able to see at all. So before you use it, you must set up your focus and composition completely and change your lens to manual mode.

After you’re all set up, you may want to use a remote shutter or a two second timer on your camera to shoot. I used a remote shutter so that I could use my camera in bulb mode to shoot a one minute exposure that tracked the movement of people and clouds to create a compelling long exposure photograph.

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Next time you’re traveling, be sure to incorporate some interesting photography elements to your composition like creative perspectives and time manipulation.