You finally book a trip to your ultimate destination. Wherever it is you’ve waited your whole life to finally visit. Naturally, you’ll want to capture the best possible trip photos of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to share with your port friends and family members, on social media, and maybe even print them on the wall at home. Travel blogger Sam Freij shares some travel photography tips with his followers to help them make the most of their trip.
“Each place we visit has its own look, character and vibe. If we want the photographs of our travels to be good and long-lasting, they must capture all of these qualities and say as much about a place as making it look literal.
“We are unlikely to remember for long the smell and buzz of a blooming garden in spring, the dread of beholding for the first time the mountain we intend to climb, the caress of a tropical breeze, the thrill of a huge rollercoaster, the wonder of our first wild bear, or the adrenaline of white-water rafting.Our photographs should bring back these and other feelings, trigger our memories and communicate that what we have felt in others. To do this, you have to think and feel as much as looking when you start photographing.
“Above all, think about what made you decide, out of all the places in the world, to choose this particular destination. Either way – the beach, the rides, the mountain, the galleries, the food – obviously draws you in. If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be going. This site or activity (or inactivity) is one of the things you want to photograph. But there are probably many other interesting aspects of the place that you might not be aware of. This is where research comes in.
1) Identify which camera best suits your needs, your phone or your GoPro or Insta360, whatever your preference
2) Look into polarized ND filters to improve the final image if you are shooting outdoors, these filters can be a great advantage blocking out any glare giving your image a cinematic look
3) Practice steady hands, pull three times and select the best frame
4) Have enough batteries or an extra battery if you are filming more than thirty minutes
5) Always keep a lens cleaner with you, clean your lens before shooting that beautiful sunrise or sunset seen
6) Keep in touch with new technologies as we all know that new cameras come out several times a year and are now capable of amazing high definition 4K, 6k and 8k image
“And finally, don’t forget to have fun and travel safely”, Sam Freij.