It’s hard to imagine that a better career than becoming a travel photographer exists.
The job of these photographers is simply to fly around the world, to some of the most beautiful and exotic locations on the planet, and capture the kinds of images that people fall in love with immediately – even if they’ll never have the opportunity to visit these far-flung locales all on their own.
At the same time, because most people have an amazing HD camera built right into their smart phones today, everyone has become a bit of a travel photographer whenever they go on vacation. But if you want to make sure that your travel photos are top-notch, stunning, and has close to the level of professional travel photos as possible, you’ll want to make sure that you start implementing these tips and tricks ASAP.
Wake up early and stay out late
Professional photographers know all about the “Golden Hour”, the point in time during the day just after sunrise and just before sunset that offer may be the best possible light for photographs. The light is soft, the light is gentle, and the light plays with all kinds of tones and shadows so that you can capture amazing photos in a way that may not have been possible at any other point in time throughout the day.
At the same time, the “Blue Hour” is also a fantastic time to take some pretty amazing shots. This is the hour before the sun rises and after the sun sets, giving you the opportunity to take shots that have a lot more energy, a lot more mystery, and a lot more visual impact because they aren’t washed out.
Scout your locations ahead of time
Nothing really beats that amazing spontaneous photo that you snap almost on accident when you are traveling, except for maybe scouting out a travel location and creating a photo that looks exactly like that spontaneous shot – only more perfectly composed, more perfectly executed, and more perfectly captured and frozen in time.
Sure, you could spend your entire trip wandering around from one place to another hoping for a location to kind of find you on accident, but why not scout for locations to guarantee you’re going to be able to take some amazing shots?
Use a tripod
Forget about the selfie stick for a minute here, and instead decide to take full advantage of the stability and strength that a tripod offers your camera when you are shooting photos on the move. Tripods offer you the ability to shoot photos that are sharper than you’ll ever get freehand, regardless of how rocksteady you might feel when you have your camera in your hand.
Tripods – especially tripods with remote triggers – also allow you to get in front of the camera lens every once in a while. Getting amazing travel photography of far-flung locations is one thing, but capturing yourself enjoying these locations – thanks to your tripod – is pretty special, too.
Shoot in RAW
The odds are very good that no matter how high quality your travel photos come out straight from the camera you are still going to feed all of them into your favorite editing and postprocessing software, and for good reason.
There hasn’t been a picture taken throughout history straight from the camera that couldn’t have been improved with a little bit of editing, touchup, and postprocessing. At the same time, you want to make sure that you are given the ability to completely transform your photo and every element of it right out of the gate – which means you have to shoot in a format that allows you to do so. RAW gives you that opportunity, and though it’s going to take a little bit of extra space on your computer or your memory card, the flexibility it offers is well worth it.
Have fun with it
When it gets right down to it, the most important thing you can do when you are shooting photos while traveling is to enjoy every single moment and hope that this joy translates across in the photos that you take.
The moments in time that you capture with your photo should be moments worth freezing in time, but the only really ever be of that quality if they are charged with the emotions that you are feeling while you are traveling.
Also you can follow some good travel photographers on instagram and inspire from them. One good travel photographer is Ken Kaminesky. Check it out.