One of the best parts of traveling around the world - or even on an adventure a few hours away - is all of the memories you make while on the journey. It is all about the experience you have and what you can learn from it. It is easier than ever now to record our travels and those experiences to show anyone while you are still traveling (thank you, internet). And when you return show even more of what you saw and experienced. With Instagram and Pinterest people are taking traveling to a whole new level of style and people are upping their photography game. So even if photography is not you niche, don't panic. There are tricks to the trade that every traveler can use to learn the secrets to photography that will make your travel photographs stand out from the crowd.
Be that Person:
You know that person that photographs everything? Like the person you can see in a crowd and go, ‘that’s for Instagram.’ Yep. That will be you. Photograph everything. Literally. It will probably drive you crazy, but it is one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences that you will be able go back once you have returned home and go ‘we did all that!?’. Some examples of the everything and anything in between to photograph are:
Food, Your Hotel/Hostel/AirBnB, Transportation, The Sights/Architecture, Nature & Animals, Anything Colorful & Wonderful, Shops, Window Displays, Sidewalks, Signs & Lettering, People Passing By, Yourself in Your Environment, Weather, Souvenirs, Movie Locations, Etc.
Picture for a Picture:
Ever feel like you can’t get a group picture? Or solo traveling and never seem to get a good picture of yourself? Do the “Picture for a picture” trick. When you are somewhere you want to take a picture and you see others taking photos as well, ask them if you take their picture they will take yours in return. No one has ever said no when either a friend or I made this offer and people tend to like this better. They don’t feel as rushed to take and quick picture and are more willing to take another one for you because they want a good picture too.
The Take Two:
If you’re like me and you struggle to make posed pictures look effortless, try the take two approach. Find a pose that you really like and that works for you and make that your go-to first. (It will also make a really nice series of photographs over a period of time). Then right off the bat, you are starting off with a picture you will love and other poses will come more naturally. Do a few other poses at the same location and you will have a variety of pictures to choose from later rather than just one.
Corny or ingenious, props can really add character to your photos and make taking them all the more fun. Using props to represent the city or country you’re visiting while getting souvenir shopping done at the same time, or better yet, feeding your stomach and your soul.
Some examples for some specific destinations and generic props are:
Venice: Venetian Mask & Gondolier Hat
Spain: Sangria & Folding Fan
Paris: Wine, Baguette & Barrette
Amsterdam: Clogs & Tulips
Generic Props: Flags, Jewelry, Postcards, Ticket Stubs, Fashion to Match a Destination, Camera, Food & Beverages
Don’t Just ‘Point and Shoot’ Your Camera:
If being ‘that person’ taking pictures of everything doesn’t seem like your thing, then take a different approach to photographing your travels. Instead of just pointing your camera and photographing everything around you, look for patterns, designs, reflections, and dimensions in the world around you to photograph. You will spend less time photographing, but spend more time seeing the places you travel in a whole new light.
Are You Series-ous?:
Series are probably one of my favorite things to do while photographing and traveling. They are a great way to show all of the places you have traveled, how far you have come, and so much fun to watch build and watch them grow over time. Make a series that is meaningful to you, you want to create, and can see yourself doing for a long period of time. Even though some vacations or trips only last a week or few at a time, think long term. Think of a series that you would want to do every time you travel.
These are just a few travel photography inspirations tricks that I hope will inspire you the next time you are traveling and want to photograph something more. I realized a while ago that I had yet to write about something photography related and I thought this would be a nice starting point. No matter where in the world you are or where in the world you are going, there is always inspiration around you just waiting for you to see it and photograph it.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
(hey - hey you. click the bliss above... do it.)