Upcoming Holidays

Travel Photography – Make the Best of Your Upcoming Holidays

With winter finally over, people are already making their travel plans for the summer holidays. Travel photography is an important aspect of it since it is with these pictures that our holiday and vacation memories are kept alive for many years to come. This is why taking great photos during the holidays with your digital camera is so important nowadays. With all the modern cameras that are in existence today there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to take those exquisite photos that your family will look at and discuss every single year from now on.

Some of the most successful photos during travels have been made due to visiting interesting places and locations and from a thorough planning of the entire experience. Of course it does help if your have photography as passion and you enjoy what you are doing.

If you see something interesting and you feel that you want to take a shot at it, do it now. Tomorrow the light might be different, the opportunity might no longer be there or you might not be in the mood anymore, which means that you’ve just lost the chance at a great shot.

Depending on where you go, you might come across cultures where photography is not allowed. Make sure to get to know the culture well enough in order to avoid any serious issues that might arise otherwise. In some places if you ask, they let you take your pictures. Make your due diligence and act accordingly. And no matter where you are, avoid taking pictures of military bases, government buildings and off the limits places. Usually there is a sign with a camera crossed over where you know that you can’t take pics while you’re around.

Also learning about the various cultures will allow you to find the best spots that you can take photos of, so before going on your trip, check out various guides about the place and search them online to see what is worthwhile visiting while you’re in the area.

When you find a nice place that you think might be worth photographing, first have a look around, enjoy the view and let you motivation and insight, and even the flash of genius show through. Trust me, these pictures are much more valuable than simply taking your camera and shooting aimlessly at everything that you have in view. Have your camera with you at all times, so you never miss an opportunity to get a nice pic.

Travel Photography

Travel Photography – Covering Your Subject

Many different elements go into making up the character of a particular destination or location, whether it be a far flung exotic city or your home town. It is the travel photographer’s job to cover these elements in order to present that character to the viewer. This article looks into what goes into bringing the character of a subject to the audience.

Essential Elements

There are many separate “parts” that make a location what it is, but these generally boil down to landscape, people and culture. Let’s look at these in a little more depth.

Landscape

Every city, mountain range or coastal area has its own unique look and feel. This might be created by architecture exclusive to that part of the world, such as Gaudi’s designs that are so prominent in Barcelona. Or well known landmarks (Eiffel Tower anyone?) or rough seas and steep cliffs like those so characteristic of the northern coasts of Scotland and Ireland. What does it look like in the morning? At night? The location might take on several personalities through the day so it is essential to try to capture as many of these as you can to give a broader picture.

People

Possibly the most influential factor in the character of a location is the people who live there. The way they look and dress, the way they carry themselves, the lifestyle they live and the customs they observe. Is there a particular piece of clothing that defines them? Or maybe a certain characteristic. For example, if they are known to be happy and smiling people, show them as such. If they are known to be hardworking, try to include some shots of workers.

Culture

This can encompass subjects such as food and drink. Local dishes give an immediate insight into the way of life lived by people of that area. Freshly caught seafood may be a specialty of the area, or it may be famous for a particular dessert or drink. Culture can also be shown in the festivals and events held in the particular region. This might be an annual parade where locals dress in the traditional costumes of their ancestors, or a huge street party that captures the energy and vibrancy of a population.

Putting It Together

To put these elements in photographic terms, I like to think of the process as zooming in on a subject. Starting with the landscape element described above, you essentially form an overview, or wide angle view of the subject, capturing surroundings. Distinctive buildings and landmarks give a feel and sometimes instant recognition to the location. Zoom in to form a collective portrait of the people, their way of life and daily activities. It is a good idea to use both posed portraits and candid shots to show personalities as well as customs and way of life. Finally zooming in further to capture details such as local food and dishes and detailed studies of buildings. Text such as in shop signs shows languages spoken. Also any products that are traditional or well known in the area. For example, leather goods from Morocco, or electronics from Japan.

Travel photography is in a sense a very broad specialization. Possibly not a specialization at all. A travel photographer needs to be a landscape photographer, portrait photographer, still life photographer and nature photographer often all in the space of a single shooting session. Learn to cover all these elements within the broader subject and you are well on your way to becoming a more accomplished photographer.

Travel Photography Business

Start Up a Travel Photography Business

Too many people have the idea that being paid to take photographs of exotic places is the ideal job. It may take years of effort to be paid by magazines such as the National Geographic, but are there better ways to become a travel photographer. As most people have more leisure time, more holiday time, and more disposable income, the demand for travel photographs has increased dramatically. Not only are they in demand for travel brochures, but they’re also used extensively in other advertising copy.

Images necessary for sale and publication require rather more skill than those applied to standard holiday snaps. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Was a quote by the French novelist Marcel Proust, and it appears to be of particular use to the travel photographer.

Investigate the possibilities of becoming a contracted photographer at Lonely Planet Images. Lonely Planet Images is a digital library of travel photography. They have submission guidelines available for download at their website. They are a subsidiary of what used to known as the Lonely Planet Guide, and currently have 400 photographers on contract. You can also increase your chances of breaking into the very lucrative travel market, by entering competitions such as the Travel photographer of the Year . There closing date for submissions is September 5th 2005.

A camera is merely a box, that captures light, and in a studio, it is very easy to manipulate light. The reality of location photography is that it is generally expensive; you have the expenses of air tickets, hotels and meals on top of normal expenses. At the end of the day you are at the mercy of “weather”, no one wantto see their ideal location subject to rain clouds.

When we talk of light in terms of travel photography we are talking about intensity, as most travel shots are taken outdoors, In general there is harsh direct sunlight and diffused soft light. Harsh light is when the sun is directional, and it is great for capturing deep contrasts between light and shadows. With this type of shot, it is difficult to judge the exposure. If you direct your exposure towards the light, that will leave your shadows without any depth or definition. Conversely if you use the correct exposure for shadow, then the light areas will be without detail, giving a vaguely sinister result to the image.

Unfortunately your drawback here is film, the human eye is capable of registering contrast to a ratio of 800:1, slide film is capable of only 30:1, which is slightly improved, by going digital at a ratio of 40:1. Professional photographs have all passionate views on their favourite brand name of film in this situation, but they are all in accord that you need a slower speed films, as they record better contrast and grain. ISO/ASA rating of a hundred is about the fastest film to use. It is important that you use a good photovoltaic cell (either a separate light meter or one inbuilt into the camera). Once the light meter has registered the light, the camera is capable of indicating the aperture opening required, and the shutter speed. The speed of the film is also taken into this equation. You need to measure the darkest and the lightest areas.

Your immediate decision is whether to correctly expose the dark and emphasize the shadow and leave the light areas washed out or to correctly expose the light and leave the shadows without definition.

Using light correctly greatly enhances your colors, the diffused lighting just after and dawn and just before sunset is helpful here. The technical reasons for this are simple when the sun is nearest to the horizon; the light has a greater distance to travel through pollution, ozone, water vapour and dust. This means that wavelengths at the violet end of the spectrum are more scattered, than the colours at the red end. This allows the blues to absorb more colour than at the red end, so the sunlight appears more golden. To study the more technical aspect of lighting, you may like to take an online course.

An inexpensive, but invaluable tool for the outdoor photographer is a polarizer, as they improve the ambient lighting. They will always emphasise the blue of the sky, whilst minimizing glare. This will allow you to capture the colors you want to make a saleable photograph. More importantly it reduces the contrast in a photograph by creating a more even tone, it restricts the very much lighter and darker tones, in the image. Mike Johnston gives an excellent technical explanation of this in his excellent online course. He has also written an excellent tutorial on color theory, which explains the use of color to improve the quality of your outdoor images. Photographers who use digital imaging will also find this article tremendously helpful in enplaning how to improve the final image with regard to colour.

Research is a great tool for the travel photographer, and the Interne

Travel Photography

Travel Photography

Every year millions of people go on their vacations and take hundreds of pictures. Most of these pictures will end up un their computers hard drives to be forgotten there. Travel photography is just as demanding as any other subject in photography. I am not going to talk about the obvious things like composition in photography or lighting. Instead we are going to focus on other things like the story and subject of your holiday travel pictures.

When shooting monuments or architecture try different angles of the shot. If the monument is the main subject of photograph, then try to get closer and wait for the people to pass by, in other words take your time. Another way would be to include people in the in the foreground, that will make the photo appear to be more lively and interesting. Frame your picture so that it would include a couple of locals or crowds of tourists. Frame your picture without the distractions, if there is a sign blocking the view move somewhere else where you will have a clear shot. Remember that you don’t have to include everything in the picture.

When taking nature pictures time is essential. Don’t shoot on midday either do it in the morning or late afternoon till evening. Frame your picture with some interesting objects in the foreground. for example if it’s a beach for sure there will be some boats or beach chairs or rocks that would look nice in the foreground. Nature might seem easy subject for photography, yet it is one of the most difficult. As always take your time walk around and find something that will make the picture stand out. When taking pictures of animals wait for them to show some animal behavior.

Take pictures of people. This might sound obvious, but in fact it might be harder than it sounds. The easy way out would be that at the monuments there are many street artists and they will not mind you taking pictures of them as long as you will pay them. Taking pictures of the ordinary people is harder as you can never know how the person will react. Mostly they will not mind, but it is always better to ask before. When taking pictures of people look for stereotypes, look for someone that is the stereotype of how people think about that country. For example in India look for women in saris and rickshaw drivers or street salesman.

Every photograph tells a story of some sort of story. That is also your task when taking travel photos – think before you take the picture what is this photo going to be about. A good picture tells it’s story without words. Think about what you want to show with your photographs and only then take the picture.

Sell Your Travel

Sell Your Travel Photography

Travel photography is not about taking nice snaps that you show to your family and friend. It’s about capturing the character and charm of a location. The following are tips that will help improve your travel photography. If your travel images are good there is no reason why you won’t be able to sell them.

Every year thousands of travel images are destroyed mainly due to the fact that they were not carefully planned and the skills required to take good photography were not used. Sometimes when we are on holidays we may get careless and leave our skills at home. If care and planning is put into your travel shots there is certainly a great chance that they will sell.

To sell your images you need to expose them correctly, and also have good colour and composition. Good colour is always important with travel images.

Every new city or country we travel to will produce a different test. This is mainly due to the strength of light that will differ from region to region. Light will differ from your home and exposure may in some cases be difficult to calculate. Try to get your hands on a grey card. This will help calculate tough exposures and will not cost you much. You place the grey card in front of the subject that you are taking and then take your exposure reading from it.

There are many different things that you can shoot. The following are the main subjects that you should take.

Cityscape portraits and landscape shots are the most popular topic, but this means getting up early in the morning. You need to plan carefully and arrive at your destination before most tourists do. Other important subjects are local people, food and drink, buildings and stores and road signs. Portraits of local people in national dress will also sell well.

There are many places to sell your images once you return from your trip. If you have a large amount of images it may be better to get a stock photography agency to sell them for you. This will save you a lot of time but the agency will take up to fifty percent of the sale price.

Regardless of what percentage they take, stock agencies are the best way. The will have a list of paying customers on their books. They will know which market best suits your images. They will also know the correct prices to charge.

There are thousands of agencies out there – be careful with your choice. If possible try and pick one of the bigger agencies. Your images will get a lot more exposure and make your travel photography more profitable.

There are many great photographers who make their living from travel photography. They travel from place to place capturing the character of each location they visit. There is no reason why you can’t do the same. Every year image publishers are always on the lookout for unique imagery. They will pay good money to secure rights for the image – so it is worthwhile giving it a go.

Photography Tips

Travel Photography Tips – Top 5 Photography Equipment That You Must Have in Your Travelling Bag

Have you been on a photo shoot travel adventure before? Or have you seen professional photographers in your town or while you’re on vacation? They’ve always got a bulky bag with them which seems easy enough to lug around, isn’t it? If you’re a professional photographer in the making and you’ve been wondering what’s in that bag or what you should have in your travel photography bag, then wonder no more! Here are the five most important things every photographer needs, in no particular order.

First, you need your camera of course! It would be pretty silly to have all the extra items without the main one, so always check that you’ve got your camera in your bag and it’s well placed and not in any sort of position to get damaged. You need to make sure that your bag is well padded and you’ve got your travel camera with all its accessories such as the lenses, lens cover, sling strap and a cloth to keep the lenses clean.

Second, here come the batteries and the charger. Have a set of new batteries already in place in your travel digital camera and have an extra set ready, just in case you run out and don’t have time to charge your batteries again. It’s always handy to have two or more sets of batteries because photo sessions can be quite consuming in means of time and power. If your travel camera has got a specific type of battery that requires that specific charger, then bring it along and charge up those batteries as and when you have time. If your camera uses regular AA batteries, then you can either buy rechargeable ones with a charger with you or you can just buy lots of alkaline batteries and keep them ready at hand.

Third, you need to protect yourself and your travel digital camera from bad weather so have a mini umbrella packed in your bag. This can come in handy when unexpected weather hits, but you still want to take those pictures. Sometimes, rain can help give you great pictures because water is a great effect to add on into your photography if you use the element right, but your travel camera and its parts might spoil when in contact with the rain, so have that umbrella with you.

Fourth, you always will need an extra memory card or two. Sometimes, you may get so caught up in taking pictures that you just don’t think about the space available and you might not have the heart to delete old pictures to make room for new ones. So having an extra memory card will save you from having to endure the dilemma of having to pick the ones that have to go with so little time on your hands. You could always bring your laptop with you and upload the pictures as you go, but that would require packing more things and on travels like these, you should pack as light as you can.