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If you love to travel as much as I do, you’ll know that you’re constantly torn between wanting to live in the moment without any screens in front of you and capturing your awesome experiences on camera.
After all, you want to look back on your travels in years to come and marvel at the fact that you have been to some of the most incredible destinations on the planet!
However, if you’re a travel photographer or blogger, taking photos is literally part of the job – and you need to be prepared for any eventuality. But how do you grab yourself the perfect shot? Here are my 5 expert tips for travel photographers and bloggers-
#1 Get out of bed early, then go to bed late.
You can’t capture the perfect shot without the perfect light, and although you can enhance this when you get back to your hotel, you just can’t beat natural light. Because of this, it’s always best to get out of bed early and then go to bed late.
After all, you can’t miss the golden hours. Without the harsh brightness of the sun or impending darkness of evening, you get the chance to take in these warm tones and cool shadows that will add a little something extra to your photographs. To take full advantage of the golden hour, make sure you’re out of bed an hour after the sun rises, and the hour before the sun sets.
# 2 Protect yourself and your camera.
If you work as a travel blogger, your whole livelihood depends on your camera and all of your equipment. No pressure, right? With this in mind, it’s important to protect yourself and your camera whenever you go on a travel adventure.
While you can simply keep your equipment on your person throughout the duration of your trip and hope that none of it comes to harm, it’s always best to shell out for travel insurance. These policies will often have some form of gadget cover, whereby you can cover everything from your iPhone to your laptop, your tablets, and all of your photography equipment.
#3 Lose yourself in the destination
When you embark on a new adventure, it can be easy to plan your trip down to the finest detail. This will ensure a successful trip as you can scout out your destinations beforehand, and make your way to these places of interest to snap your photographs.
Yet, there’s something so magical and unexpected about losing yourself in a destination. Sometimes taking a trip away from the beaten track will give you the opportunity to get lost and find hidden gems.
The best plans are often those that are unplanned, so give yourself the time to have a wander and see what’s out there.
#4 Talk to the locals
Travel photography isn’t all about taking beautiful photographs of the scenery. While this may be a huge aspect of it, getting to grips with the local culture will also add a sense of authenticity to your shots. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to talk to the locals and get to grips with their way of life.
Integrate yourself into the community, have a conversation with those around you, and you may find yourself connecting with the destination in more ways than one. This will then showcase itself in your finished product, as you will be able to show a deeper understanding of your subjects and the location around them.
#5 Invest in a travel tripod
Travel photography is no easy task, and it often requires a steady hand. Yet, there are instances where you will need a tripod to get your perfect shot. They can enhance your photos to no end – and it means you can get in the shot too if you wanted to! Of course, it’s not possible to take a huge 6ft tripod abroad with you, which is why it’s a great idea to invest in a travel tripod.
Are you a travel photographer? Or a travel blogger? Do you have any more tips to take expert photographs? Let me know in the comments!
*This is a collaborative post but all final opinions are my own*
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