Traveling to different places is not only fun but very enriching as well. Apart from seeing new environments and people, one learns about history and culture.
Travel writers particularly those that have paid blogging jobs are more fortunate for being able to visit places for free and get paid at the same time. But then again, it’s not without stress because you do your work to be able to come up with a great writeup.
And apart from writing, a travel writer also needs to have some photography skills. This is a must as you need to take photos of places, people, objects and events unless there’s a separate photographer assigned to go with you. Otherwise, you will have to snap photos on your own.
Here then are a few basic photography tips that you can use while you’re traveling.
How to Take Photos
Be mindful of lighting as this can affect your photos. If you’re taking portraits and there’s not enough lighting, make sure to position your subject in an open space. You can also decide whether or not to include the sky when shooting outdoors.
Take advantage of not-so-sunny weather because this is also a great time to snap photos due to the absence of shadows. Although you can always make the most of a sunny day, an overcast provides an opportunity to make dramatic black and white photos.
When attending festivals, do take pictures of people in their native and colorful costumes. And do shoot using different angles.
Landscapes make great subjects but don’t forget to snap people engaged with landscapes as well to give viewers a different perspective.
If you’re snapping a group of people, do it in a way that they relate to the environment. Depending on what effect you want to achieve, you can make the photo with drama or humor. Also, find an area with a good background and enough space where they can comfortably pose.
Keep in mind that you’re free to experiment with the angle from where you’ll be taking your photo. Your subject need not be always in the center of the frame and looking at the camera.
Move closer to your subject, if possible. This will provide more details and create more impact to the viewer.
A tripod can also help you take quality pictures as it solves shake issues. Just choose a small and lightweight one, though, if you want to avoid adding weight to your baggage.
And finally do take note that you can even earn extra income by selling your photos from your travels. You can submit them to stock photo sites and get paid for your best shots.