Login | Register | Subscribe to the GG RSS Feed

Travel Photography Tips for Travelers

Snapping strategies - as essential as your passport

Picture PerfectPicture PerfectFor most of us, our travel pictures tell our stories - sometimes on their own. Tans and memories fade, but pictures bring us back again and again to the magic of our travels.

While digital cameras and smart phones promise the point and click miracle, pictures can still turn out drab and ho-hum. A few simple pointers though can have you clicking your way to National Geographic-quality photos.

  • Get close: Get to know your subjects and make them the center of your world, for a few minutes anyway. Focus in on one person, a building, a flower and remember to keep some of the background in the shot for perspective.
  • Get in motion: Whether it's kids playing soccer at twilight or market-goers haggling over the price of a fish, catch people while they're doing something. That blur of motion will create excitement and energy in your photos.
  • Get clicking: Digital pictures are free until you print them. So go ahead, click yourself silly and, at the end of each day, delete the duds.
  • Get big: Use the highest resolution possible on all your pictures. It's simple to downsize images, but quality disintegrates when you start stretching.
  • Get storage space: If you're worried about where you'll store all those big files when you're traveling, load them onto a photo storage site or social media.
  • Get powered: Always, always, always bring an extra battery and your charger. Just when you see that perfect shot of the sun cresting the mountains, your battery is guaranteed to die.
  • Get funky: Once you've mastered the basics, put the rule book away and start having fun. Play with light and focus. You can always delete your failed attempts, but you never know what brilliance you might uncover.

Love travel photography? We’d love to hear your tips. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook – we’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

Related Stories

Rate This post

Comments

And remember the rule of thirds! Basically, don't put the focused object (like a face) smack dab in the middle of the picture. Instead, place it near the top of the frame. Of if the person is facing to the side, put them close to the left or right side of the frame, but make them face towards the center of the picture. For example, if they're facing left, put them on the right side of the frame.

Post new comment




GoGirlfriend Recommendations

Connect With Us

Twitter
Facebook
YouTube

Register

Membership is free and with it you can set up a profile, vote on stories and post your opinions.

Already a member?
Login

Not a member? Join!
Register


Most Recent Comments

  • On 5 Nudist Resorts that Will Blow Your Mind, John Ruze said "Hi Julia, There is a brand new, very popular nudist resort you should think about reporting on in your next article about naturism. It is the New Terra Cotta Clothing Optional Resort and Spa in sunny Palm Springs, California.. The original Terra Cotta Inn was a fantastic nude resort. Repeat guests from around the world stayed there. TCI was sold in Nov 2015 and greatly missed. Well, this July 2017, it was revived at a new location in Palm Springs. The site is HotelTerraCotta.com. Guests are super happy. It's perfect for couples and girlfriend getaways. And Tom and Mary Clare from the original Terra Cotta Inn work with us, so it has the same relaxing, fun feel. "
  • On The Best Naturist Resorts in Ontario, Dennis Wilson said "Love the freedom feeling going nude . 1st time ever was at freedom fields ranch near Tamworth On,Hector & Eyvon are super hosts ,hope to visit this summer but want to learn of more places to visit."
  • On An Open Letter to Hotels Everywhere, Lynn said "I agree on the night light thing. Since hotels have none, I end up keeping the bathroom light on all night with the door ajar. Windows. I understand in the litigious US of A, hotels need to prevent folks from throwing themselves out the windows (or else the hotel could be sued?!!). Ok, fine. But for those of us who dislike A/C and only use it when absolutely necessary, can't we still have the option for some FRESH AIR? There ARE ways to allow windows to open up only so much, while at the same time preventing an entire body from throwing itself out the window. Bedskirts. Am I the only one who gets the skeevies when I see hotel beds with bedskirts that hit the floor? I always had images of food crumbs, bugs, and god only knows what...as being hidden behind that bedskirt. I'd much rather a bedskirt that's at least 2" above the (usually carpetted) floor. Towels. Can't we get nicer towels that don't feel like cardboard? Carpetting. Am I the only one who never walks barefoot in a hotel room ...esp when there's carpet? Blech. I'm sure those things are very rarely cleaned. "
  • On How to Choose a Cruise Ship Cabin on Your Next Cruise, Tinu said "Thank you for this post! I was dragging my feet about going on a cruise. Now that I know there's such a thing as a balcony cabin, I can't wait to book a trip!"
  • On Travel Advice for Visiting a New Country, NJB said "Hi Stacy, great article! Just wanted to say, you can get an international SIM card that works in multiple countries and on cruise ships. They're not quite as cheap as a SIM card from the country you're visiting, but they're cheaper than a roaming plan on your domestic SIM and will save you a lot of time if you're visiting several countries. I got mine from Telestial, which also offers a range of cheap travel phones and other useful products (adapters, etc)."


Blogs We Love

beautiful Vancouver, British ColumbiaCheck out our GoGirlfriend Facebook page to follow us as we seek new adventures and create memories in our own part of the world.








Advertisement