We’ve all been there. You know, seeing your friends travel photos on Facebook, and I thinking wow, these shots are kinda boring (no offense to any of my friends who post travel photos on Facebook). With all the different tools at our disposal these days, it seems like it’s hard to take a boring photo while travelling. But believe me, people still do. Even Photoshop can only do so much.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your travel photos, and be the envy of all your friends, when they say “Holy shit! Your photos from (insert location) are amazing!”.
Include Locals in Your Shot
These are the people that make your travels a true experience. They are your porters, your tour leaders, the locals you met at a random bar, they are the ones you remember from your trip. Shoot them doing what they do. This adds authenticity, and intrigue to your photos. Plus, getting them in action can look pretty amazing!
Shoot Your Group From a Different Perspective
Every group gets one, the shot of them all in front of Machu Picchu, jumping up in the air, or with their arms around each other, but that’s it. Just one! Think about arranging your group in different poses. Better yet, shot them when they least expect it. You may catch them doing odd things, but again, it’s just a little less boring.
Avoid the Typical Postcard Shots
Try not to take the standard shot. Sure, you can, but also look around. Walk around and find a quiet or empty spot. Different perspectives can offer a unique take on landmarks. Get higher, get lower and if you’ve got it, use different gear like tilt shift lenses, filters etc.
Tell a Story with Your Shots
Take wide shots, close ups, people shots etc., in the same location. Imagine showing someone this set of photos and them instantly understanding what’s going on. These shots will make your photo albums more memorable.
Find Beauty Anywhere
This can be easier than you think. Again, wander off the normal path. Turn the other corner, look up when everyone else is looking straight ahead, walk through that roped off area (but make sure you don’t get caught). You’d be surprised at what you might find.
Slow That Shutter Down
If you’re shooting with an SLR, or an advanced point and shoot, experiment by slowing the shutter speed down on your camera. It will take a little more work on your part, but will be well worth it. Having a tripod is a huge plus, but you can get away with setting the camera down on a flat surface, or if you have really sure hands, try holding as still as possible.