20 Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know

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As much as we say, Photography is an art, there is much more to it! Apart from being artistic and imaginative, a good photographer needs to get all the techniques and rules of photography in mind to be able to get the best pictures of the lot. In this post, we’ll discuss 20 essential tips of good photography and how you can make most of each.

1. Capture The Natural Morning Light

A good picture definitely needs the best lighting and there is nothing better than natural light. Ask any renowned photographer and the one piece of advice you’ll get is to use as much natural light as you can in your photography. Morning light i.e an hour after the sunrise, is considered to be the best light to capture most types of subjects.

2. Do Thorough Research On Your Subject

This is most appropriately applicable to those who are willing to capture the beauty of nature by travelling to different destinations. You must be aware of the place and its significance before you begin clicking it. Knowing the subject well will help you take some of the amazing and intelligent clicks.

3. Get Familiar With Your Tool

This is undoubtedly the first and the foremost thing you should so before packing your gears. Learn about each and every aspect of your camera. Get familiar with different functions and how they can be helpful in delivering unique photographs. Make sure you do your homework well before setting out on the spree.

4. Pick The Right Place To Stay

Most photographers die to get a room with beautiful views. This not just help them to wake up with fresh ideas, but also give a lot of opportunities to capture the view from different perspective without having to do any hard labor. You just need to be ready with your camera and capture the view at different points of time in a day and night.

5. Learn To Greet

Subjects are everywhere. You just need to have an eye for them. A person reading daily newspaper on the bench on the bank of a river can also be a great click if you know how to seek permission well. Just learn to greet people in several different local languages and it will get you on the right path.

6. Get Inspired, Get Innovated!

There’s nothing wrong with seeking guidance and inspiration from the portfolios of great personalities of your field. Knowledge gathered from practical observation is much more reliable and useful, than any theoretical technicalities.

7. Discover The Place

A good photography is not just about clicking some beautiful landscapes of the place. You need to feel the place from within to be able to capture the best things that others may not even able to think of.

8. Find A Good Company

So, you are new to a place and don’t to know from where to start? Well, a local can help you find all the good places where you can get some of the great photo opportunities. Just talk to some locales and pick a person that can take you around places too.

9. Travel As Light As You Can

The key to better photography is to avoid stuffing everything you have in your bag. Just focus on essential things like a pair of zoom and prime lens, battery charger and some daily essentials. Travelling light will help you explore more places, than you would ever do with heavy baggage.

10. Come Out With a New Point Of View

Yes, we all know Thailand has some beautiful beaches and that India is famous for some beautiful temples. It’s time you come up with some fresh ideas. Everything has been discovered and published, it’s time to be innovative and creative.

11. Keep It Slow

It’s not at all a good idea to stuff everything at one place. Try to come out of your comfort zone, forget about the time constraint and prepare yourself well before clicking the red button. Things need to be organized and well understood before they get captured in your small handy device.

12. Travel With Locals

Pulling up a private taxi will not help. Take a tour of local buses or city metro to get into interactions with the locals. This will help you find the best photography opportunities, that you may not bother t explore on your own.

13. Enjoy Your Vacation Too

Don’t just get too involved with your camera and lenses. Even your brain needs to relax a bit. Take a ride around the city or town without photography in your mind or hand. Enjoy your time staying at a new place and explore it like any other tourists would.

14. Believe In Being Natural

It’s always advised to go for natural lighting as much as you can. There are many renowned photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson, who have never used flash light in their photography. This not juts saves you on heavy expenses, but also help you give best quality pictures ever.

15. Get On To Vantage Point

Every good travel photographer will always have a bird view image in his collection. Find yourself a higher point from where you can look down and see the entire city or town of the place.

16. Leave The Excuses Behind

“I don’t have a good camera”, “My lens is not of good quality”, “I didn’t have much time”. Well, all these excuses won’t get you anywhere if you don’t start accepting what you have and get the best out of it. Remember, camera is a tool and whoever learns to use it in the best way, will have the trophy in the end!

17. Find A Guide

As mentioned earlier, practical guidance is more beneficial than theoretical knowledge. Try to find a photographer who is ready to make you his assistant. You can learn a lot just be observing his moves in terms of lighting, choosing places, communicating with locals and so on.

18. Look Around For “Exotic” Picks

As much over exaggerated as it sounds, it is not at all difficult to find “Exotic” places to shoot. If you’ll run deep into your imagination, you'; realize that the place you are standing on right on can be given an exotic makeover with just few simple fantastic clicks. As it says, be creative with what you have and you can achieve the heights!

19. Don’t Get Stagnant

A travel photographer should always be exploring and clicking. Keep your portfolio alive and fresh with new collections. There’s no need to travel to far off places. Just a round trip to nearest hill stations will also bring in new opportunities every time you step into a new town.

20. Be Careful With Your Subjects

Try to be courteous and decent while you are shooting around. Respect your subjects and treat them with dignity. Don’t shoot the ones who don’t want to. If you’ve promised them to send their pictures, please do so. These small things will keep your subjects happy and give you some of the best shots.

Follow these simple rules of photography and you’ll see a remarkable difference in your collection then and now. These tips will help bring out the best skills in you, giving you an altogether new perspective of the art of photography.

Rachel is a passionate blogger about travel and photography and works for Sarre Photography.





Photographic Hot Spots On An East Cost US Road Trip

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New York 2012

America’s East Coast is home to some of the country’s most photographed locations, from New York, where every street corner is like a still from a film, to the immense political architecture of Washington D.C. If you’re thinking of taking a trip down this side of the country and you’re looking for the best locations for collecting memorable images of your trip, then here are some photographic hot spots to look out for.

Boston is without doubt one of the highlights of America’s East coast, with its numerous historic buildings, pretty parks and coastal vistas. The Boston Tea Party ships are moored at a reconstructed version of Griffins Wharf and offer insight into a turning point in the city (and the country’s) history in one single shot, particularly when populated by re-enactors in period costume. The Old City Hall, Copps Hill Burial Ground and the numerous historic churches across the city are also bathed in interesting events in America’s timeline and distinct architectural styles.

Just outside the city is the gorgeous Walden Pond, more than 250,000 square miles of mirror like water reflecting the sky, or to capture another very well known part of America’s history head to nearby Salem and the ghoulish Witch House.

New York is one of those places that is simply a photographer’s dream, with even a simple yellow taxicab causing cameras to be whipped out. The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park (and Central Perk…!), 5th Avenue, Times Square, and the Rockefeller Center are just some of the buildings that will have you reaching for your camera. And then there are the other city landmarks that we all want to capture for posterity – Carrie Bradshaw’s Brownstone, Ghostbusters HQ, The Seinfeld diner, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s apartment building and the Fame Music High School are just a few of the very famous locations in the city.

Washington, DCWashington D.C. is the political capital of America and as such there are some pretty recognisable sights here that make perfect photo fodder. The White House, the Washington Monument, Union Station and Rock Creek Park are some of the city’s most famous and most photographed sights. Those with a particularly keen interest in law and politics might also be interested in seeing the Supreme Court, Capitol Hill and the Ellipse. To take home some images of a different side of Washington, head for the C&O Canal on the north bank of the Potomac River, one of the most impressive surviving examples of the American canal building era.

If you’re looking for swathes of natural sea swept beauty and wide-open spaces for your photo album then Maine on the northeast coast is the state in which to find it. The Arcadia National Park is located in this part of America, a fascinating series of islands off the eastern Atlantic coast populated with all sorts of wildlife, such as moose, beaver, bobcats and black bears. Maine also has four of the US’s National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads, of which there are only 120 in the country, and the name should be a clue as to how many scenic shots there are to snap here. Then there are the famous Maine lighthouses – you can’t truly photograph the East Coast without capturing one of these.

If you’re travelling to the East Coast of America then these photographic hot spots are a must see. Whether you want to capture the wilds of Maine or America’s political jungle, you won’t be short of subjects for your pictures.

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Amy Sawyer is a freelance travel feature writer working with Alamo USA.

Kerala A Photographer’s Paradise

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Kerala is a picturesque destination with endless array of natural marvels. If you are someone with a penchant to see the world from all the right angles and unique perspectives, Kerala will make for a picture perfect holiday. Get armed with your SLR and head off to God’s own country for the most dramatic and lively pictures.

Wildlife photography

Thekkady offers plenty of opportunities for photographing wildlife. Periyar Tiger Reserve, the fascinating wildlife sanctuary, is just a half an hour drive from Thekkady. Teeming with a rich variety of wildlife, Thekkady will present you with a great opportunity to capture some of the rare species which are not seen anywhere else in the country. Thekkady is home to endangered species like sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. While on a photography tour here, you should be watchful all the time as you cannot predict when you spot one of these marvelous creatures. Always be ready and don’t miss the chance to make some fascinating wildlife images.

 

The stunning background of the lush green landscape and serene Periyar lake will add to the splendor of your images. Elephants coming in herds to drink water and play in the lake are a great sight to watch. Every tourist who visit Thekkday will take back home the images of these playful giants. If you crave for more wildlife, go on a jungle safari in the Muthanga sanctuary that has been declared a Project and Elephant site and click away.

Marvels of Kochi

Kochi packs a series of exciting experiences and destinations that will interest any photographer.  A walk through the alleys & lanes of kochi is truly a trip down the history lane. Kochi, the ancient port city with a stunning natural harbour, has attracted invaders from far and wide. The Arabds, the Chinese, the Jews, the Dutch, the Portuguese have all contributed to make Kochi a cultural melting pot.

Architectural marvels like the Portuguese Churches, Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Cemetery still carry an old world charm and take you back in time. An ideal place for heritage photography, your camera will tire of clicking images that will tell you the story of Kochi’s colonial past. A snap of the Chinese fishing nets on the coastline of Fort Kochi as the sun set in to the Arabian Sea will be a classic in landscape photography.

Festivals

To catch the real spirit and vibrancy of the people in Kerala, go to the heart of festivals in God’s own country. With numerous temples and other places of worships, Kerala’s festival calendar is full with colorful and vibrant festivals celebrated across the state.  Thrissur Pooram, known as the festival of festivals, will be an excellent opportunity for you to capture the true essence of a temple festival in Kerala. Magnificent spectacle of fireworks, kudamattam (exchange of colorful umbrellas), elephant procession all are sure to offer your camera enough stuff to create some spectacular festival pictures. Arattupuzha Pooram, Uthralikavu Pooram, &  Adoor gajamela are some other colorful festivals that will give fodder for your SLR.

The charm of Kerala is endless. Stunning shoreline, sprawling plantations, sparkling backwaters, sun kissed beaches and more. Destinations are waiting to be captured in perfect frames.

This article is authored by Nick Ram, who is one of the authors of the blog Home of Ayurveda.

My curious puppy

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My Labrador Retriever puppy is quite the ham. I was trying to take her photo last month and she kept coming up to investigate the camera. I guess she was trying to figure out what I was up to in this photo.