ZoomIn’s Guide to Travel Photography

February 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

You’re going on vacation…how do you make sure you capture the pictures to represent the holiday? How do you shoot a perfect collection of photos that will make you remember your holiday for years to come?


Don’t shy away from the shot.
Once you’re back from your vacation, it’s your photos that will do the talking for you. A few years down the line, all the memories will reflect through the photos that you’ve clicked, so make sure that you’ve captured enough from your trip to take back with you.

Also, while it would be intimidating, try not to get carried away with the locations/structures around you. There’s a whole lot more to capture out there! Keep your eyes open and let your mind run free. We suggest:

  • Don’t be afraid to push the shutter button – Click first, sort later.
  • Get different angles – Don’t click that same old monument in that same old angle. Try a new one. You don’t want to return home with photos that look like postcards.
  • Frame your shot…multiple times! – Same subject, different frame. Try it; you never know the output till you don’t see it!
  • Click candid photos – Remember, each photo has its own tale to tell.
Get different angles

Get different angles – The famous ‘Burj Al Arab’ hotel at Dubai shot from a lesser known area.

 

Shoot locals. What they do, what their activities are, what they wear, the way their markets are spread out, their temples, their everyday grocery shopping routine…capture it all! You’ll be surprised at how much you can get out of capturing everyday basic activities. Remember – You’re the tourist, not them!

Shoot locals!

Shoot locals – The simplest of activities will look incredibly engaging.


Be familiar with customs.
Look before you leap! Do some basic research before you go clicking like crazy. Is it okay to take a picture of a Buddha statue? Is it ok to take pictures inside a temple? Be aware of restrictions and be respectful of the culture.


Shoot those signs/maps.
You’ll be surprised how helpful these references are when you get around to sharing your photos. Signs and maps will help you recall your day’s event and also identify the images you just captured. So instead of calling it “That beautiful cave” you can actually rewind back to the sign and caption the photo as “Elegant Ellora – Cave No. 17“.

Also, the shot of a road map will never go waste for obvious reasons….

Shoot those maps - It always helps to have a shot handy of the map explaining the route you're on.

Shoot those maps – It always helps to have a shot handy of the map explaining the route you’re on…for obvious reasons!


Be comfortable.
Strike the right balance! Don’t carry any “extra luggage” around while you’re out on your feet – take only what’s absolutely necessary. Extra items will only mean extra weight which might make you uncomfortable. Remember: A light traveler is a happy traveler.

We’ve come up with a list of essentials that you can’t leave home without!

Spare storage – Since most cameras are around 14-16 megapixels these days, the output of each jpeg is nothing less than 3-5 MB per photo. A standard 4 GB SD Card could possibly be problematic, especially if you’re going to be recording HD videos. We reckon a 16 GB card (class 6 or above if you’re going to be recording videos in Full HD) should do the trick.

Spare batteries – The last thing you want is to be waiting for that perfect shot and suddenly your camera refuses to respond. And ‘oh the sorrow’ when you realize you’ve run out of power! We recommend carrying a spare set of batteries with you at all times. If a spare set of batteries isn’t a viable option, it’s best to carry your charger on you. You can then take a break from your day and recharge yourself and your cameras battery at the nearest cafe!

Comfortable pouch – You’ll be walking with the camera on your shoulder/waist all day long. Ensure that the pouch you carry around on you is comforting and doesn’t make you feel uneasy at any point in time. Sometimes, the free manufacturer bags/cases/pouches just don’t cut it. Carry a pouch in which you can fit an extra card, a soft cloth with which you can clean your lens, your battery charger, etc. (Or for the DSLR consider a camera strap which gives the mobility to shoot swiftly without any hassle).

Hope these simple yet powerful tips help you take your photos to the next level!