ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY PART II
The early bird gets the worm
If you’re planning on getting pictures of famous landmarks, then you’ll want to get there really early or late. Getting out an hour before sunrise or sunset will give you the best chance of catching fantastic light, but early mornings offer the best chance of a serene shot. Start shooting early enough, and you’ll miss the crowds who’ll still be stuck at breakfast. The chance of being outside the Colosseum and getting beautiful shots – without a bus full of children brandishing selfie sticks in your frame – is too good to miss.
Book tours and excursions
It sounds somewhat obvious, but booking tours and excursions is a great way to see locations to shoot. Also, the tour guides can often get you to places you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to go. Research tours online first, to see which ones are worth doing and which aren’t.
Stitch ’em up!
If you can’t beat the tourists to a location, then employ a little help from Photoshop. Take a series of images and ensure that the people in the shots move. You can then merge the shots together: everything that was static in the shot will remain the same, and the moving crowds throughout the shots will be removed.
Check out this Phlearn tutorial to see how to do it:
Remove crowds with a long exposure
Another way to remove people from your pictures is to shoot at long exposure. Using an ND filter and an exposure longer than 30 seconds will make sure that anybody moving through the frame won’t be sharp, and as a result won’t be distracting to the image. This can also be a really good effect if clouds are moving in the scene or there’s water present.
Don’t get carried away
Go back and check your histograms and check you have your exposure exactly as you want it. Make sure everything is in focus and you’re entirely satisfied with the image. Chances are you won’t have another opportunity to shoot the same scene, so it’s important to get it right first time. There’s nothing worse than looking back at an image and thinking, ‘I wish I had…’
Shoot in raw
When you’re back home, you’ll have a chance to look back through your images. Shooting in raw will allow you more control over your images when it comes to post production. So, even if you underexpose a picture or forget to change the white balance back to what it was, you’ll have a lot more scope to rescue the image.
Think outside the box
Lots of landmarks have been photographed millions of times. There are more than a million pictures of Big Ben on Instagram alone. Try to think of a different way to frame your shot or do something different with it to make it stand out. Sometimes stepping back and taking 10 minutes to work out a plan can result in the shot of a lifetime.
Take obscure shots
Don’t get too hung up on shooting a single feature or location. Sometimes something as simple as taking a walk around a local market or down a quiet back street can yield the best images of the trip. Anything that catches your eye is likely to spark the interest of others, so don’t over think it, just shoot it!