Transcript 0:00 – Hey guys. 0:00 What is going on? 0:02 Today I have 50 travel photography tips 0:04 to take your photos to the next level. 0:07 (upbeat, exciting music) 0:16 All right guys, so I got the idea 0:17 to do this video from TwoWanderingSoles. 0:20 They did blog post on 32 photography ideas for traveling, 0:24 and they included us in there. 0:26 I decided to run with that article and make 50 tips 0:28 on making better travel photography. 0:30 If you want more travel photography tips, 0:33 go down into the description, check out their blog post. 0:35 I’ve linked it down below. 0:36 Also, with this video, I’ve reached out to a bunch 0:38 of different influences, other Instagramers, 0:40 travelers, photographers, and I had them submit 0:43 some of their best travel photography tips. 0:45 So guys, this video is a bunch of tips 0:48 that’s a collection from a bunch of different people. 0:51 Before we get started on the tips, 0:52 guys I’d love it if you go check out their Instagrams. 0:55 Go see who they are, what they’re all about. 0:57 Go give them some love. 0:58 I’ve included links to all of their accounts down below. 1:01 Everyone here is an awesome photographer, 1:03 and they put a ton of awesome content out there. 1:05 They’re giving away some of their best secrets, 1:07 so you can be successful when you’re taking photos 1:09 out on your next adventure. 1:10 This is a big one. 1:11 There is a lot of content to unpack in here. 1:13 Sit back, relax, check out these 50 tips to up 1:17 your travel photography game. 1:20 If possible, always shoot RAW. 1:22 This will provide a ton of flexibility in post when editing. 1:25 When in doubt, underexpose the photo, 1:27 ’cause you’ll be able to regain most of the detail. 1:29 But if the photo’s overexposed, 1:31 the details are lost forever. 1:32 The general rule of thirds. 1:34 Most cameras and phones have a grid, 1:35 try to place the most important aspect 1:38 on one of the four intersections. 1:39 Charge all the batteries. 1:41 Although it may seem like a boring tip, 1:42 this is a useful one. 1:43 Having multiple charged batteries ensures that you’ll 1:46 be capturing a once-in-a-lifetime sunset, 1:48 that candid shot of your family, 1:49 or the gorgeous hotel that you’re staying in. 1:51 We usually carry at least two extra batteries 1:53 for each device, and make sure to pack 1:55 all the chargers and cords necessary. 1:57 It’s all about perspective. 1:58 A lot of people will be visiting the hotel 2:00 you’re staying at, or the beach you’re walking on. 2:02 But how many will be laying on the ground 2:04 to get the perfect shot? 2:05 We found that looking at things from multiple perspectives 2:07 enables us to create and original and unique photograph. 2:10 So get down on the ground, look up, 2:11 look down, look everywhere, 2:13 and get a different view than you’re used to. 2:15 Bring the necessities and narrow it down. 2:17 I love to have mobility to trek to remote places 2:20 and not worry about my back breaking. 2:22 This also forces us to get creative 2:24 with smaller parameters in terms of gear. 2:26 Insurance. 2:27 I have had all my gear stolen off a rooftop 2:29 during a shoot in New York City. 2:31 Thankfully, State Farm saved the day. 2:32 Connect with others. 2:33 Talk to locals. 2:34 It can be easy to stay at a hostel 2:36 with other international travelers, 2:37 but look into a local bed and breakfast, 2:39 or an Airbnb where you’re renting a room 2:41 in a house with others, so you can get to know 2:43 the culture on a deeper level. 2:44 If you see something while shooting in the street, 2:46 it never hurts to ask someone to take their portrait. 2:49 I’ve always regretting not asking, 2:50 but I’ve never regretted asking. 2:52 Bring your camera everywhere. 2:55 But we all knew that, right? 2:56 Shoot in the moment. 2:57 People can spot a posed photo a mile away. 3:00 But when you’re shooting in the moment, 3:01 capturing the real, raw emotion and actions 3:04 that aren’t staged, your photo will feel 3:06 more organic and relatable. 3:07 Get in your photos. 3:09 It took me over a year of photography 3:10 to finally realize this. 3:12 I had hundreds of photos from around the world 3:13 that I wasn’t too excited to post anywhere 3:16 and I couldn’t figure out why. 3:17 Anyone can take a picture of a monument, 3:19 beach, building, et cetera. 3:20 If you get in the frame, it adds a perspective 3:22 and some personality. 3:23 It also makes your photo more unique, 3:25 and not like any other photo on the internet. 3:27 Nate is always carrying her vlogging camera 3:29 while I take pictures on the different one. 3:31 So it takes more time and planning to get a photo 3:33 with one of us in it, which is why 3:35 I didn’t do it for so long, 3:36 but the effort is totally worth it. 3:38 Carrying cameras around can attract a lot 3:40 of attention to yourself. 3:41 A lot times we embrace that, and we take it 3:43 as an opportunity to ask locals if they mind 3:45 being in the photo or video. 3:46 Sure there are a lot of people who 3:47 are not into it, which is a little awkward, 3:50 but I can’t even count how many times 3:51 this question brings hugs and smiles to their faces. 3:54 Just make sure your camera’s ready when this happens 3:56 for the priceless shot. 3:57 Most of my best travel photos are taken either 3:59 at sunrise or sunset. 4:01 I use the mobile app Sun Surveyor to know the exact 4:04 time of the sunrise and sunset in my specific location, 4:06 as well as the exact path that the sun 4:09 is going to take throughout the day. 4:10 Be sure you know your location at least 30 minutes 4:12 prior, so you can set up your camera, 4:14 and don’t miss the shot. 4:15 When posting your travel photos to Instagram, 4:17 crop your images to the four by five aspect ratio. 4:20 This allows your photos to take up the maximum 4:22 amount of real estate in the feed, 4:23 which will lead to higher engagement from your audience. 4:26 Be sure to keep this in mind as you’re out shooting, 4:28 and compose your photos accordingly. 4:30 Challenge your perspective. 4:31 Is there a famous landmark you wanna shoot? 4:33 I guarantee everyone and their mother has taken a picture 4:36 at eye level straight on. 4:37 Even Google Street View probably has the same photo. 4:40 Find a new vantage point, climb a tree, get on your butt, 4:42 sneak into a rooftop bar across the street. 4:44 Yes, we’ve definitely done this. 4:46 Whatever it takes to make it fresh. 4:48 Tell a story. 4:49 I think the most important thing 4:50 is to tell a story with your photography. 4:52 What is it you’re trying to say 4:53 with your photography, and why? 4:54 I think if you consider the aim of your travel 4:56 or photography, you start to move and shoot 4:58 with more purpose and direction. 4:59 Your work will have more substance behind it, 5:01 and people will really be able to feel 5:03 and engage what you’re doing. 5:04 I can guarantee, if you find this purpose, 5:06 you for one will feel way more excited and motivated 5:09 by your work, and at the end of the day, 5:11 that is what matters most. 5:12 Learn color theory. 5:13 When considering the composition of a photo 5:15 it helps to think about what colors will be present. 5:17 Certain color combinations 5:18 are more visually pleasing than others. 5:20 The colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel 5:23 are considered complementary colors. 5:25 A few examples would be red, green, 5:26 blue, orange, purple, and yellow. 5:28 So if you’re going to shoot a photo 5:30 of yourself in the woods, perhaps consider 5:31 wearing something red as it complements the greens 5:34 of the leaves, moss, grass, et cetera. 5:36 You don’t need expensive, professional gear 5:38 to take great photographs. 5:39 But you do need to understand your camera. 5:41 While I think it’s important to invest 5:43 in a decent DSLR camera, you don’t need to get 5:45 the top of the line model, especially if you’re a beginner. 5:47 Shop within your budget, and take time, 5:49 and learn, and understand your camera, 5:50 and the basics of photography principles before you travel. 5:54 You can find a good camera for under $500 5:56 if you shop older models, or consider buying used. 5:59 Enroll in a photography course, 6:00 and spend time watching YouTube videos 6:02 to learn how to adjust settings on your cameras. 6:04 Then practice, practice, practice 6:06 before you leave for your travels. 6:07 Have patience and think about your shot. 6:09 Aside from the usual suspects of mastering composition, 6:12 light, and technical stuff, our biggest tip would be, 6:14 have patience with your photography. 6:15 Sometimes you’re so worried about getting the shot 6:18 that you start snapping away without really stopping 6:20 to check your settings or think 6:21 about the scene in front of you. 6:22 When you do that, you tend to miss out 6:24 on many great photo opportunities, 6:26 because you haven’t taken the time 6:27 to really absorb what’s around you. 6:28 There’s nothing worse than looking 6:30 at your photos later and thinking, 6:31 if I’d only get the shot from this angle instead. 6:33 When you slow down, you’ll start to see these small details 6:36 and a totally new way of composing shots. 6:38 ND filters are your friend. 6:39 Invest in a quality travel tripod, 6:41 and a set of ND filters. 6:43 Neutral density, I’m a big fan of long exposure photography, 6:46 and you’ll need to keep the camera as still as possible. 6:49 The ND filter is essential to capture these shots 6:51 during the day, ’cause what they do is 6:52 they cut out how much light hits your sensor. 6:54 If you’re near water, it flattens out 6:56 and really makes that photo pop. 6:57 It take a bit getting used to, 6:59 but once you learn the basics it’s really addicting. 7:01 Use any natural elements, colors, or textures around you. 7:04 They’ve always added such a great pop 7:06 and unique spin to the usual travel photos 7:08 you see in popular destinations. 7:10 Make your photos stand out, 7:11 and not look like every other photo 7:12 that was taken in the same spot. 7:14 Wake up early, stay out late. 7:16 Not only will you catch more sunrises and sunsets, 7:18 but if you’re around when it’s not peak tourism time 7:20 you’ll beat or miss the crowds, and you’ll 7:22 be able to get those epic post card photos you dream of. 7:25 Early morning or later in the day 7:26 are also great times to get some beautiful lighting. 7:29 While traveling and shooting street photography, 7:31 keeping your camera in this mode will ensure 7:33 that you don’t miss the shot because of exposure. 7:35 Keep your ISO slightly higher 7:37 if you’re moving between shade and direct sun. 7:39 Take into consideration the size and scale 7:42 of both of your subjects. 7:43 If a building or monument is massive, 7:45 make sure to have the person stand far enough away 7:48 to fill enough of the frame 7:49 so they don’t get lost in the photo. 7:51 Don’t make your viewer play Where’s Waldo. 7:53 I only use prime lenses for two reasons. 7:55 One, I’m so familiar with all my lenses 7:57 that I know exactly how far away I need to be 7:59 from something to capture the shot I had in mind. 8:02 Two, prime’s have a wide aperture, 8:04 so I can shoot in low light without a flash, 8:06 and I can get insanely shallow depth of field 8:09 to isolate what I wanna photograph. 8:11 Setting your camera into burst mode means 8:13 that you’ll get several shots taken 8:14 with a single click of the shutter. 8:16 This is especially helpful when you’re trying 8:17 to take an action shot, like a whale breaching, 8:19 on the water’s surface. 8:21 Carry a small tripod. 8:22 A tripod will seriously up your photo taking game. 8:25 There are several reasons for this, 8:27 but one main reason we carry a tripod 8:29 is so that we can get shots of epic 8:30 landscapes with ourselves in the picture. 8:33 Have patience, especially in crowded places. 8:35 Getting epic shots in famous places takes time. 8:38 You can’t expect to show up at an iconic spot 8:40 like the Eiffel Tower or Cinque Terre 8:41 and get the perfect shot on your first try. 8:44 You’ll need to be patient with the crowds 8:45 and wait for people to pass by. 8:47 You’ll likely have to take several shots 8:48 just to get it right. 8:49 Try a polarizer. 8:50 This is relatively inexpensive, that will really 8:52 take your landscape shots to the next level. 8:55 Polarizers work best on sunny days 8:56 when the sky is blue, and will make the colors pop. 8:59 Like the blue in this glacial lake in the Himalayas. 9:01 Don’t be afraid of rain or clouds. 9:03 Cloudy days can sometimes be disappointing 9:05 when you’re on vacation, but often 9:06 they make the most interesting photos. 9:08 Clouds soften the suns rays like a natural light box, 9:11 and make it possible for you to get great shots 9:14 even in the peak of afternoon. 9:15 They also create cool moody effects, 9:17 that will make your pictures more interesting 9:19 than if you had a clear blue sky. 9:20 Make sure your lens is clean. 9:22 This might sound obvious, but time and time again 9:24 that I return home from an epic trip, 9:26 to when I find my pictures on my computer, 9:28 there’s a spot in every single shot. 9:30 Pay attention to what you’re wearing. 9:31 Not saying that you should carry 9:33 an unrealistic floor-length dress on a long hike 9:35 so you can get a pretty shot at the top. 9:38 But if you’re headed somewhere 9:39 that you really want a photo in front of, 9:41 avoid shirts with writing, stay away 9:42 from super busy patterns. 9:44 Also consider colors that are neither dull, 9:46 nor super bright, and avoid shirts 9:48 that will show sweat stains. 9:49 It happens to the best of us. 9:51 Change the focus point. 9:52 We all love photos where the subject is in focus 9:55 and the background is blurred, right? 9:56 Practice this technique by focusing on unexpected points 9:59 like a flower in front of a church. 10:01 Take a photo in the exact same spot 10:02 with the flower burred and the church in focus. 10:04 Sometimes the unexpected focal point makes 10:07 the most interesting photos. 10:08 Change the way you look at the world. 10:10 There’s beauty all around you. 10:11 Whether it’s flashy or not, 10:12 sometimes it’s not easy to see like a white sand beach, 10:15 but other times beauty can be imperfect, the every day. 10:18 When you start seeking out beauty in every day 10:20 around you, you’ll notice the reflection 10:22 in puddles, the patterns in tiles. 10:23 You’ll notice the texture of the tree bark, 10:25 and how the small hole in the fence 10:27 makes a super unique shape. 10:28 You’ll start to love graffiti 10:30 and the walls covered with interesting vines. 10:32 You’ll start seeing beauty in unexpected places. 10:34 Capture it. 10:36 Don’t overthink it. 10:37 This might sound contradictory 10:38 after we’re just piling up a list 10:40 of tips and things to think about when taking photos. 10:42 But the thing is, even if you’re a pro, 10:45 you can’t do all these things each time you snap a photo. 10:47 And sometimes when you have a moment 10:49 or two to capture a shot, go for it. 10:50 Spontaneity is beautiful. 10:52 If you have the time, look at your pictures, 10:54 and think about how you could make it better, 10:55 and snap another. 10:56 There’s not much that would ruin a trip faster, 10:58 than losing all your photos. 11:00 I use to think, I’ll just back up my pictures 11:02 when I’m at home, but I can tell you from experience, 11:04 that you may not have that luxury. 11:05 Your memory card that you’re using could be damaged, 11:07 or your camera could be stolen. 11:09 I’m not trying to scare you, 11:10 but I do want you to be prepared. 11:11 Use light and shadow. 11:12 I’ll put the camera down and watch how the sun rays 11:15 affect the scene in front of me. 11:16 Then look for a way to capture it 11:18 with a unique perspective using the shadows. 11:20 Organization is key. 11:22 Find a system that works for you. 11:23 I organize all my photos by year, month, day 11:26 and what we did that day. 11:27 This way I can always find what I need quickly 11:29 in both Lightroom, and I can find them on my hard drive 11:32 in the same way. 11:33 Unfortunately, it’s very rare that those epic shots 11:36 you see all over Instagram, are made in camera. 11:38 It’s amazing what the editing software 11:40 can do with a RAW photo. 11:42 Spend time learning Lightroom, 11:43 because as soon as you start enhancing your photos, 11:45 you’ll be able to create some stunning pictures. 11:47 Share your photos immediately. 11:49 This may seem obvious, but don’t sit on your photography. 11:52 Upload your photos and share them in your social media 11:54 to get instant feedback. 11:55 The more you put yourself out there, 11:57 and the more you put your photography out there, 11:59 the better you’ll get as a photographer, 12:01 because you’ll get feedback. 12:02 Because nothing big is built in a vacuum. 12:04 You’ll start finding out what works, 12:06 and what people really like to see. 12:07 And you’ll also find what you like sharing. 12:09 Check your sensor. 12:10 There are so many times that I’ve changed lenses, 12:13 and something has got on the sensor while traveling. 12:15 The last thing you want is 100 with a dot on them. 12:18 Bring a small hand held air blower, 12:20 and clean out your sensor while on the road. 12:21 Find a bag that fits your style. 12:23 I’ve gone through so many travel photography bags 12:25 to find one that I really like. 12:26 You need to figure out how you shoot, 12:28 and what’s easy for you to get the gear you need 12:31 while out and exploring. 12:32 Don’t be afraid to break your gear. 12:33 This is why you get insurance on everything. 12:36 I’ve destroyed so many cameras and lenses over the years, 12:38 but guess what, they’re always covered. 12:40 If I left my camera in a safe spot, 12:42 then I would be missing out on so many epic shots. 12:44 Do your research. 12:45 Before you get to a new spot, 12:46 check out what other people are posting from there. 12:48 See what kind of photography they’re capturing. 12:50 This will give you insight 12:51 into what you might need to bring with you. 12:53 Don’t be afraid of the dark. 12:54 Night photography is a ton of fun, 12:56 and it’s not as hard as it seems. 12:57 You just need a tripod, and to learn the basics. 12:59 There are so many tutorials on YouTube, 13:01 and you can do it with any camera, 13:03 even if it’s not the best in low light. 13:05 Just takes understanding how to open your shutter, 13:06 and let more light in. 13:07 Clear your cards every day. 13:09 Every night before you go to sleep, 13:11 dump your photos on hard drive and back them up. 13:13 Fresh cards each day mean that you’ll never have 13:15 to worry about running out of space, 13:17 or losing your shots because 13:18 your camera gets stolen or broken. 13:20 Make sure you have enough hard drive space and a back up. 13:22 I was on a trip once where my friend ran out 13:24 of hard drive space on day one of a two week trip. 13:27 Always be prepared with your gear properly, 13:29 and know that even if you shoot every day all day 13:32 that you’ll never run out of space on your main drive 13:34 or your back up. 13:35 Also think about backing up on the Cloud. 13:37 Then you don’t have any chance of losing any of your photos 13:40 even if everything got stolen on your trip. 13:42 Less is more with gear. 13:43 Don’t bring everything 13:44 under the kitchen sink when you travel. 13:45 If you bring too much gear, 13:46 then you’ll get bogged down trying to use it all. 13:48 Think of the absolute essentials 13:50 to get the shots that you like to take. 13:52 Learn every inch of your camera. 13:54 The internet is exploding with information. 13:56 As a photographer, you’ll need to get past 13:58 using the auto setting. 13:59 Go through your camera’s manual and learn every button 14:01 and every function on your camera. 14:03 Once you’ve mastered this, then when you’re out shooting 14:05 you won’t be fumbling around and miss the moment. 14:07 And the last tip that I have for you, 14:09 is sometimes we forget to put down the camera. 14:11 When you get somewhere and it’s amazing, 14:13 take it in, grab some awesome photos, 14:15 and set aside the camera. 14:16 We’ve traveled with other couples, 14:17 and have seen their entire trips ruined 14:19 because they’re way too focused 14:20 on getting the shot for Instagram. 14:22 Unless you’re getting paid a ton of money, 14:24 you’re not there just to capture photos. 14:26 So enjoy the moment, take it all in, enjoy the experience. 14:30 All right, guys. 14:31 So do you think those tips were helpful? 14:32 There’s so much to learn here from all these tips. 14:34 You don’t wanna get out there and just be fumbling 14:36 with your camera and miss the shot. 14:38 It’s all about capturing the moment, 14:39 it’s also about experiencing the moment. 14:41 Especially what I was saying with my last tip, 14:43 is that it’s all about enjoying the moment. 14:45 You don’t wanna focus all your time and effort 14:47 on just getting the shot. 14:49 There’s so many times I’ve seen it happen in front of me, 14:52 where people are so focused on just getting the shot 14:54 that they forget that they’re actually traveling 14:56 and that this is an experience, 14:58 and you wanna be here and experience it. 15:00 So guys, when you’re out on your next adventure, 15:02 make sure you take time, soak it all in, 15:04 enjoy the moment, ’cause it’s pretty awesome 15:06 to be able to travel and be in a world 15:08 that’s so connected nowadays. 15:09 All right guys, like I said at the beginning, 15:11 make sure you go check out everyone 15:12 that has contributed to this video. 15:14 They’re all awesome photographers. 15:16 I wanna say a special thank you to all of them 15:18 for contributing their tips, 15:19 because it wouldn’t be possible without you. 15:21 And guys if you haven’t already, 15:22 make sure you hit that subscribe button, 15:24 turn on those notifications, 15:25 and check us out on Instagram at Wanderworx. 15:28 All right, that is it, 15:29 that is the 50 travel photography tips. 15:31 Guys, if you wanna see another video like this, 15:33 I’d love to hear from you. 15:34 So leave me a comment down below, 15:36 and I will see you on the next one.