A good photographer knows their equipment but they don’t rely on it. It’s time to brush up on your photography skills so that you can really start to get the most out of your camera. After all, even the most expensive cameras are only as good as the photographer behind them.
Whether you’re a beginner with an iPhone or a photography enthusiast with a DSLR, these 8 pro photography tips will help you step up your game the next time you’re taking travel photos.
Camera tips and tricks
1. Know your tools
First things first, you need to understand how your camera works. This is a lot easier if you’re using your smartphone’s lens, but if you’ve invested in a quality DSLR you’ll really want to learn how to use it. Before your trip, set aside some time to test out its features at home. Try out the different modes and get used to what works well for you. You could even dig out some free tutorials on the likes of YouTube.
2. Explore composition
One of the first tips budding photographers get taught is to understand composition. Imagine your frame is divided into three rows of three and position the key elements of your photograph within them. It might be tempting to put the key subject of your photo in the middle of the frame, but that’s a rookie mistake that won’t complement your photography skills at all. A good composition makes a photograph what it is, so why not have a play around with it?
3. Implement leading lines
Leading lines is another simple yet effective photography tip for beginners. Whether you’re using your phone or camera, finding lines that lead towards the subject of your photograph is a powerful way to tell a story. Imagine you’re photographing the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Lake Como in Italy, incorporating leading lines (in the form of roads, paths or train lines) is a great way to show off your skills and draw attention to your snap.
Carry the right equipment
4. Pack right, travel light
Instead of taking every piece of equipment with you, think about the essentials. Leave your impressive lens collection at home and only take one or two as needed. A heavy bag will only weigh you down on your travels.
5. Useful accessories
Considering you’re packing light, you’ll have to be smart about the accessories you take along with you. We recommend the camera (of course), 1-2 lenses, a folding (lightweight) tripod if necessary, and a lightweight yet sturdy travel bag or case to protect your equipment. The travel case is particularly important if you’re heading on an adventure trip!
6. Research beforehand
One of the best tips for travel photographers is to know where you’re going beforehand. You don’t necessarily have to know what you’re going to take photos of, but researching some of the travel hotspots will help you come across some photography gems!
7. Explore off the beaten path
Of course, you’ll want to visit the popular tourist attractions, but explore off the beaten path and you’ll no doubt find some beautiful places to shoot. Take a look around, go for a walk and avoid the tourists to find some low-key but equally intriguing spots.
8. Meet the locals
One of the best ways to explore off the beaten path is by getting to know the locals. Locals know the coolest places to eat, drink and relax – amongst which you’ll definitely find some interesting photography spots. You could even ask a few of the locals to be the subject of your photograph to capture the local’s true culture.
Top tip: learn how to speak their language a little and you’re on to a winner! To help you out, the Case Farm have put together an infographic on how to say “Can I take your photo?” in 25 different languages. Take a look!