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– Hey guys.
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What is going on?
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Today I have 50 travel photography tips
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to take your photos to the next level.
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(upbeat, exciting music)
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All right guys, so I got the idea
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to do this video from TwoWanderingSoles.
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They did blog post on 32 photography ideas for traveling,
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and they included us in there.
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I decided to run with that article and make 50 tips
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on making better travel photography.
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If you want more travel photography tips,
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go down into the description, check out their blog post.
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I’ve linked it down below.
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Also, with this video, I’ve reached out to a bunch
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of different influences, other Instagramers,
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travelers, photographers, and I had them submit
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some of their best travel photography tips.
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So guys, this video is a bunch of tips
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that’s a collection from a bunch of different people.
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Before we get started on the tips,
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guys I’d love it if you go check out their Instagrams.
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Go see who they are, what they’re all about.
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Go give them some love.
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I’ve included links to all of their accounts down below.
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Everyone here is an awesome photographer,
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and they put a ton of awesome content out there.
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They’re giving away some of their best secrets,
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so you can be successful when you’re taking photos
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out on your next adventure.
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This is a big one.
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There is a lot of content to unpack in here.
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Sit back, relax, check out these 50 tips to up
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your travel photography game.
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If possible, always shoot RAW.
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This will provide a ton of flexibility in post when editing.
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When in doubt, underexpose the photo,
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’cause you’ll be able to regain most of the detail.
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But if the photo’s overexposed,
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the details are lost forever.
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The general rule of thirds.
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Most cameras and phones have a grid,
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try to place the most important aspect
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on one of the four intersections.
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Charge all the batteries.
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Although it may seem like a boring tip,
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this is a useful one.
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Having multiple charged batteries ensures that you’ll
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be capturing a once-in-a-lifetime sunset,
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that candid shot of your family,
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or the gorgeous hotel that you’re staying in.
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We usually carry at least two extra batteries
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for each device, and make sure to pack
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all the chargers and cords necessary.
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It’s all about perspective.
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A lot of people will be visiting the hotel
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you’re staying at, or the beach you’re walking on.
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But how many will be laying on the ground
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to get the perfect shot?
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We found that looking at things from multiple perspectives
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enables us to create and original and unique photograph.
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So get down on the ground, look up,
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look down, look everywhere,
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and get a different view than you’re used to.
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Bring the necessities and narrow it down.
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I love to have mobility to trek to remote places
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and not worry about my back breaking.
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This also forces us to get creative
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with smaller parameters in terms of gear.
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Insurance.
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I have had all my gear stolen off a rooftop
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during a shoot in New York City.
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Thankfully, State Farm saved the day.
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Connect with others.
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Talk to locals.
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It can be easy to stay at a hostel
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with other international travelers,
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but look into a local bed and breakfast,
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or an Airbnb where you’re renting a room
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in a house with others, so you can get to know
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the culture on a deeper level.
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If you see something while shooting in the street,
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it never hurts to ask someone to take their portrait.
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I’ve always regretting not asking,
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but I’ve never regretted asking.
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Bring your camera everywhere.
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But we all knew that, right?
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Shoot in the moment.
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People can spot a posed photo a mile away.
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But when you’re shooting in the moment,
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capturing the real, raw emotion and actions
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that aren’t staged, your photo will feel
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more organic and relatable.
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Get in your photos.
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It took me over a year of photography
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to finally realize this.
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I had hundreds of photos from around the world
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that I wasn’t too excited to post anywhere
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and I couldn’t figure out why.
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Anyone can take a picture of a monument,
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beach, building, et cetera.
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If you get in the frame, it adds a perspective
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and some personality.
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It also makes your photo more unique,
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and not like any other photo on the internet.
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Nate is always carrying her vlogging camera
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while I take pictures on the different one.
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So it takes more time and planning to get a photo
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with one of us in it, which is why
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I didn’t do it for so long,
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but the effort is totally worth it.
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Carrying cameras around can attract a lot
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of attention to yourself.
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A lot times we embrace that, and we take it
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as an opportunity to ask locals if they mind
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being in the photo or video.
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Sure there are a lot of people who
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are not into it, which is a little awkward,
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but I can’t even count how many times
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this question brings hugs and smiles to their faces.
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Just make sure your camera’s ready when this happens
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for the priceless shot.
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Most of my best travel photos are taken either
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at sunrise or sunset.
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I use the mobile app Sun Surveyor to know the exact
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time of the sunrise and sunset in my specific location,
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as well as the exact path that the sun
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is going to take throughout the day.
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Be sure you know your location at least 30 minutes
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prior, so you can set up your camera,
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and don’t miss the shot.
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When posting your travel photos to Instagram,
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crop your images to the four by five aspect ratio.
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This allows your photos to take up the maximum
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amount of real estate in the feed,
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which will lead to higher engagement from your audience.
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Be sure to keep this in mind as you’re out shooting,
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and compose your photos accordingly.
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Challenge your perspective.
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Is there a famous landmark you wanna shoot?
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I guarantee everyone and their mother has taken a picture
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at eye level straight on.
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Even Google Street View probably has the same photo.
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Find a new vantage point, climb a tree, get on your butt,
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sneak into a rooftop bar across the street.
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Yes, we’ve definitely done this.
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Whatever it takes to make it fresh.
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Tell a story.
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I think the most important thing
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is to tell a story with your photography.
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What is it you’re trying to say
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with your photography, and why?
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I think if you consider the aim of your travel
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or photography, you start to move and shoot
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with more purpose and direction.
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Your work will have more substance behind it,
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and people will really be able to feel
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and engage what you’re doing.
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I can guarantee, if you find this purpose,
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you for one will feel way more excited and motivated
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by your work, and at the end of the day,
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that is what matters most.
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Learn color theory.
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When considering the composition of a photo
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it helps to think about what colors will be present.
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Certain color combinations
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are more visually pleasing than others.
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The colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel
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are considered complementary colors.
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A few examples would be red, green,
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blue, orange, purple, and yellow.
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So if you’re going to shoot a photo
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of yourself in the woods, perhaps consider
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wearing something red as it complements the greens
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of the leaves, moss, grass, et cetera.
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You don’t need expensive, professional gear
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to take great photographs.
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But you do need to understand your camera.
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While I think it’s important to invest
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in a decent DSLR camera, you don’t need to get
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the top of the line model, especially if you’re a beginner.
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Shop within your budget, and take time,
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and learn, and understand your camera,
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and the basics of photography principles before you travel.
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You can find a good camera for under $500
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if you shop older models, or consider buying used.
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Enroll in a photography course,
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and spend time watching YouTube videos
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to learn how to adjust settings on your cameras.
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Then practice, practice, practice
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before you leave for your travels.
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Have patience and think about your shot.
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Aside from the usual suspects of mastering composition,
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light, and technical stuff, our biggest tip would be,
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have patience with your photography.
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Sometimes you’re so worried about getting the shot
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that you start snapping away without really stopping
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to check your settings or think
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about the scene in front of you.
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When you do that, you tend to miss out
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on many great photo opportunities,
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because you haven’t taken the time
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to really absorb what’s around you.
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There’s nothing worse than looking
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at your photos later and thinking,
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if I’d only get the shot from this angle instead.
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When you slow down, you’ll start to see these small details
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and a totally new way of composing shots.
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ND filters are your friend.
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Invest in a quality travel tripod,
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and a set of ND filters.
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Neutral density, I’m a big fan of long exposure photography,
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and you’ll need to keep the camera as still as possible.
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The ND filter is essential to capture these shots
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during the day, ’cause what they do is
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they cut out how much light hits your sensor.
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If you’re near water, it flattens out
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and really makes that photo pop.
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It take a bit getting used to,
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but once you learn the basics it’s really addicting.
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Use any natural elements, colors, or textures around you.
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They’ve always added such a great pop
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and unique spin to the usual travel photos
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you see in popular destinations.
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Make your photos stand out,
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and not look like every other photo
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that was taken in the same spot.
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Wake up early, stay out late.
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Not only will you catch more sunrises and sunsets,
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but if you’re around when it’s not peak tourism time
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you’ll beat or miss the crowds, and you’ll
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be able to get those epic post card photos you dream of.
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Early morning or later in the day
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are also great times to get some beautiful lighting.
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While traveling and shooting street photography,
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keeping your camera in this mode will ensure
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that you don’t miss the shot because of exposure.
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Keep your ISO slightly higher
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if you’re moving between shade and direct sun.
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Take into consideration the size and scale
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of both of your subjects.
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If a building or monument is massive,
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make sure to have the person stand far enough away
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to fill enough of the frame
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so they don’t get lost in the photo.
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Don’t make your viewer play Where’s Waldo.
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I only use prime lenses for two reasons.
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One, I’m so familiar with all my lenses
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that I know exactly how far away I need to be
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from something to capture the shot I had in mind.
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Two, prime’s have a wide aperture,
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so I can shoot in low light without a flash,
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and I can get insanely shallow depth of field
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to isolate what I wanna photograph.
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Setting your camera into burst mode means
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that you’ll get several shots taken
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with a single click of the shutter.
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This is especially helpful when you’re trying
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to take an action shot, like a whale breaching,
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on the water’s surface.
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Carry a small tripod.
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A tripod will seriously up your photo taking game.
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There are several reasons for this,
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but one main reason we carry a tripod
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is so that we can get shots of epic
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landscapes with ourselves in the picture.
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Have patience, especially in crowded places.
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Getting epic shots in famous places takes time.
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You can’t expect to show up at an iconic spot
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like the Eiffel Tower or Cinque Terre
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and get the perfect shot on your first try.
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You’ll need to be patient with the crowds
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and wait for people to pass by.
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You’ll likely have to take several shots
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just to get it right.
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Try a polarizer.
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This is relatively inexpensive, that will really
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take your landscape shots to the next level.
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Polarizers work best on sunny days
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when the sky is blue, and will make the colors pop.
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Like the blue in this glacial lake in the Himalayas.
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Don’t be afraid of rain or clouds.
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Cloudy days can sometimes be disappointing
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when you’re on vacation, but often
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they make the most interesting photos.
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Clouds soften the suns rays like a natural light box,
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and make it possible for you to get great shots
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even in the peak of afternoon.
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They also create cool moody effects,
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that will make your pictures more interesting
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than if you had a clear blue sky.
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Make sure your lens is clean.
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This might sound obvious, but time and time again
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that I return home from an epic trip,
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to when I find my pictures on my computer,
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there’s a spot in every single shot.
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Pay attention to what you’re wearing.
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Not saying that you should carry
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an unrealistic floor-length dress on a long hike
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so you can get a pretty shot at the top.
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But if you’re headed somewhere
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that you really want a photo in front of,
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avoid shirts with writing, stay away
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from super busy patterns.
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Also consider colors that are neither dull,
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nor super bright, and avoid shirts
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that will show sweat stains.
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It happens to the best of us.
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Change the focus point.
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We all love photos where the subject is in focus
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and the background is blurred, right?
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Practice this technique by focusing on unexpected points
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like a flower in front of a church.
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Take a photo in the exact same spot
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with the flower burred and the church in focus.
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Sometimes the unexpected focal point makes
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the most interesting photos.
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Change the way you look at the world.
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There’s beauty all around you.
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Whether it’s flashy or not,
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sometimes it’s not easy to see like a white sand beach,
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but other times beauty can be imperfect, the every day.
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When you start seeking out beauty in every day
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around you, you’ll notice the reflection
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in puddles, the patterns in tiles.
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You’ll notice the texture of the tree bark,
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and how the small hole in the fence
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makes a super unique shape.
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You’ll start to love graffiti
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and the walls covered with interesting vines.
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You’ll start seeing beauty in unexpected places.
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Capture it.
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Don’t overthink it.
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This might sound contradictory
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after we’re just piling up a list
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of tips and things to think about when taking photos.
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But the thing is, even if you’re a pro,
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you can’t do all these things each time you snap a photo.
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And sometimes when you have a moment
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or two to capture a shot, go for it.
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Spontaneity is beautiful.
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If you have the time, look at your pictures,
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and think about how you could make it better,
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and snap another.
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There’s not much that would ruin a trip faster,
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than losing all your photos.
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I use to think, I’ll just back up my pictures
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when I’m at home, but I can tell you from experience,
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that you may not have that luxury.
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Your memory card that you’re using could be damaged,
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or your camera could be stolen.
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I’m not trying to scare you,
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but I do want you to be prepared.
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Use light and shadow.
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I’ll put the camera down and watch how the sun rays
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affect the scene in front of me.
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Then look for a way to capture it
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with a unique perspective using the shadows.
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Organization is key.
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Find a system that works for you.
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I organize all my photos by year, month, day
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and what we did that day.
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This way I can always find what I need quickly
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in both Lightroom, and I can find them on my hard drive
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in the same way.
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Unfortunately, it’s very rare that those epic shots
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you see all over Instagram, are made in camera.
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It’s amazing what the editing software
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can do with a RAW photo.
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Spend time learning Lightroom,
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because as soon as you start enhancing your photos,
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you’ll be able to create some stunning pictures.
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Share your photos immediately.
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This may seem obvious, but don’t sit on your photography.
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Upload your photos and share them in your social media
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to get instant feedback.
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The more you put yourself out there,
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and the more you put your photography out there,
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the better you’ll get as a photographer,
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because you’ll get feedback.
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Because nothing big is built in a vacuum.
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You’ll start finding out what works,
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and what people really like to see.
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And you’ll also find what you like sharing.
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Check your sensor.
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There are so many times that I’ve changed lenses,
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and something has got on the sensor while traveling.
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The last thing you want is 100 with a dot on them.
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Bring a small hand held air blower,
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and clean out your sensor while on the road.
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Find a bag that fits your style.
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I’ve gone through so many travel photography bags
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to find one that I really like.
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You need to figure out how you shoot,
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and what’s easy for you to get the gear you need
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while out and exploring.
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Don’t be afraid to break your gear.
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This is why you get insurance on everything.
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I’ve destroyed so many cameras and lenses over the years,
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but guess what, they’re always covered.
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If I left my camera in a safe spot,
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then I would be missing out on so many epic shots.
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Do your research.
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Before you get to a new spot,
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check out what other people are posting from there.
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See what kind of photography they’re capturing.
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This will give you insight
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into what you might need to bring with you.
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Don’t be afraid of the dark.
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Night photography is a ton of fun,
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and it’s not as hard as it seems.
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You just need a tripod, and to learn the basics.
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There are so many tutorials on YouTube,
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and you can do it with any camera,
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even if it’s not the best in low light.
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Just takes understanding how to open your shutter,
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and let more light in.
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Clear your cards every day.
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Every night before you go to sleep,
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dump your photos on hard drive and back them up.
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Fresh cards each day mean that you’ll never have
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to worry about running out of space,
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or losing your shots because
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your camera gets stolen or broken.
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Make sure you have enough hard drive space and a back up.
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I was on a trip once where my friend ran out
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of hard drive space on day one of a two week trip.
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Always be prepared with your gear properly,
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and know that even if you shoot every day all day
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that you’ll never run out of space on your main drive
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or your back up.
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Also think about backing up on the Cloud.
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Then you don’t have any chance of losing any of your photos
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even if everything got stolen on your trip.
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Less is more with gear.
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Don’t bring everything
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under the kitchen sink when you travel.
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If you bring too much gear,
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then you’ll get bogged down trying to use it all.
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Think of the absolute essentials
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to get the shots that you like to take.
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Learn every inch of your camera.
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The internet is exploding with information.
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As a photographer, you’ll need to get past
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using the auto setting.
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Go through your camera’s manual and learn every button
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and every function on your camera.
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Once you’ve mastered this, then when you’re out shooting
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you won’t be fumbling around and miss the moment.
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And the last tip that I have for you,
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is sometimes we forget to put down the camera.
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When you get somewhere and it’s amazing,
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take it in, grab some awesome photos,
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and set aside the camera.
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We’ve traveled with other couples,
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and have seen their entire trips ruined
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because they’re way too focused
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on getting the shot for Instagram.
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Unless you’re getting paid a ton of money,
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you’re not there just to capture photos.
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So enjoy the moment, take it all in, enjoy the experience.
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All right, guys.
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So do you think those tips were helpful?
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There’s so much to learn here from all these tips.
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You don’t wanna get out there and just be fumbling
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with your camera and miss the shot.
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It’s all about capturing the moment,
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it’s also about experiencing the moment.
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Especially what I was saying with my last tip,
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is that it’s all about enjoying the moment.
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You don’t wanna focus all your time and effort
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on just getting the shot.
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There’s so many times I’ve seen it happen in front of me,
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where people are so focused on just getting the shot
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that they forget that they’re actually traveling
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and that this is an experience,
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and you wanna be here and experience it.
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So guys, when you’re out on your next adventure,
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make sure you take time, soak it all in,
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enjoy the moment, ’cause it’s pretty awesome
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to be able to travel and be in a world
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that’s so connected nowadays.
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All right guys, like I said at the beginning,
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make sure you go check out everyone
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that has contributed to this video.
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They’re all awesome photographers.
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I wanna say a special thank you to all of them
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for contributing their tips,
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because it wouldn’t be possible without you.
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And guys if you haven’t already,
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make sure you hit that subscribe button,
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turn on those notifications,
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and check us out on Instagram at Wanderworx.
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All right, that is it,
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that is the 50 travel photography tips.
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Guys, if you wanna see another video like this,
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I’d love to hear from you.
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So leave me a comment down below,
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and I will see you on the next one.

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