Summer is almost here, and it’s time to enjoy sunshine, warm weather and of course summer vacations! Whether you’re planning a road trip across the country, a tour of state parks, an exotic beach escape or an exciting urban getaway, your travel plans are photography gold.
Don’t forget to take your camera and use this opportunity to get some amazing shots of an entirely new terrain. This is a great opportunity to hone your skills and expand your portfolio.
Worried that taking summer classes will stop you from taking a trip? Remember, you’re taking classes online, so as long as your destination has an Internet connection, you’re set! So, go ahead; pack your bags and use these 12 tips to get incredible photos on your trip.
1. Start Early
Not only can you capture incredible sunrise views when you get out of bed early, you can also photograph spots that will be buzzing with people later in the day while they’re still empty.
2. Book a Room with a View
Make it easy to get outstanding shots by choosing a hotel offering picturesque views from your window.
3. Never Put Your Camera in a Checked Bag
Unfortunately, some baggage handlers have sticky fingers, so it’s not wise to let anything valuable out of your sight.
4. Invest in a Lightweight, Sturdy Tripod
A tripod can make the difference between good pictures and great ones, so find one that you can easily fold into your bag.
5. Travel Light
You probably have a lot of great camera equipment, but you can do without most of it on your trip, so pack only essentials.
6. Capture Cities at Night
Urban areas are always beautiful, but especially alluring at night when construction and other distractions slip away into a twinkling skyline.
7. Conduct Background Research
Find out what the area has to offer before you get there, so you can create a comprehensive photography plan that includes all the best sites.
8. Schedule Time for Photography
Serious photography requires a certain time dedication, so block off a portion of your vacation schedule to focus on your craft.
9. Make Photos of Family & Friends Count
If you’re traveling with friends and family, you’ll certainly want to take pictures of them, but be sure to line the frame up so that some of the local scenery is in the background. Otherwise, the image could have been taken anywhere.
10. Head Off the Beaten Path
Popular tourist destinations are great, but if you really want to capture the culture, head to places that the locals go.
11. Ask Permission
Never take a close-up photo of a stranger without asking for permission, as this may feel like a personal violation to them.
12. Use Your Photos
After putting in so much time and effort to ensure you get a great shot, you definitely need to show them off! Put some in your portfolio, enter your favorite in a travel photography competition, or have a few framed for your walls.