Travel and photography are a natural combination that attracts just about everyone. It is rare to see a tourist who is not wielding a camera. But the two activities are not always complementary. For most people, travel is a limited time event filled with schedules, tours, meals, hotels and a variety of other activities that impede the act of making photos. If photography is an important element of your travel plans, take the time and effort to fit it into your schedule efficiently.
Don’t Just Use the Camera to Record Major Sights
Of course you’ll want to get that iconic photo of the Eiffel Tower or Colosseum. But once you have that cover shot, stop and take a second look. Life is going on all around. Try to include whatever slice of life documentation you can capture as well—vendors selling souvenirs, lovers holding hands, anything that captures the feel of life in the place you are visiting.
Include a Variety of Travel Photography
Try to include every type of photography you can cram into your travel itinerary, landscapes, street portraits, documentary, abstracts, anything that captures your attention. The result will be infinitely more intriguing than an endless series of selfies in front of famous monuments. Do include yourself and travel companions, but in a way that captures a sense of the place you are visiting. Check out this National Geographic article on travel photography for a more detailed approach to the subject.
Shoot at Night As Well As in Daylight
Have your camera ready when the sun disappears, especially right after sundown during the fabulous “blue hour”. Many travelers put the camera away at night and miss out on the great lighting opportunities that evening presents. Does this mean you need to carry a tripod to take advantage of night photography? Not by a long shot! A pocket size tripod alternative like HandlePod will give you all the stability you need for any length exposure. For further information, check out this interview in Photography Talk.