LONDON – LIVING – We’ve entered an era where one of the pressures about going on holiday is taking good photos. It’s one of the first questions that most close friends and relatives ask, while it goes without saying that many of us feel the need to for social media reasons alone.
However, getting those perfect photo prints is easier said than done. Travel photography is difficult; it’s challenging to stand out from the crowd and produce something that doesn’t look exactly like the billions of other holiday snaps that have done the rounds over the years.
All of the above is why today’s guide has been put together. If you are about to head on your travels, here is our guide to ensure that you return with the best possible photos.
Be careful of the people-factor
You can initiate a quick Google search to find photos of the best sightseeing attractions in a country. However, you can’t perform an internet search to find memories.
When we talk about memories from our travels, these often involve people. These are the people that will make your holiday and years to come, when you want to walk down memory lane, these are the people that will still make you smile and remember fondly.
At the same time, there are occasions where you don’t want people sabotaging your photographs. In some of the busy tourist sites, their power can diminish just due to the fact that so many tourists are there blighting the environment. This is when you need to arm yourself with Photoshop. You can take say ten or fifteen photographs, use the scripts functionality, and watch the program work its magic to remove them.
Wake up early, or stay up late
In truth, this is a piece of advice that can be relevant to all forms of photography. If you can hit the tourist sites very early, or towards evening, you’ll find that the crowds die down and you’ll have so many more photo opportunities at your disposal.
Not only this, but the lighting will be significantly better as well. You’ll find that you’ll be gifted with “golden hour” lighting, meaning that you get effects that just wouldn’t usually occur in the daytime. This can just add the effect.
Don’t travel with too much
Let’s not forget that this is a holiday; it’s not a job (not for most of you, anyway). As such, don’t take every piece of photography equipment that you own. If you fall into this trap, you’ll quickly find that going out for the day is actually like a day of work. You’ll be tired of carrying around cumbersome equipment and in the end, you’ll just give up.
Sure, your photos might not be quite as effective because of it, but if you can just limit yourself to a couple of lenses you’ll be much more inclined to take photos, and the dreaded burnout factor won’t have any chance of surfacing.