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Photography and Travel -Part 2 – How to Take your BEST Travel Shots.

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Yesterday I was leafing through some beautiful travel catalogues that Herbert and I picked up at a travel-caravanning show.  Wow, I thought, there isn’t really any need to take any scenic photos. It’s all been done, and in a quality that I could never compete with.

Nevertheless, I still take pictures. But I’ve been trying to take photos that are − different.  Pictures that don’t resemble the typical catalogue landscape but instead the little scenes that only my eyes have viewed in that  very moment and only my camera could capture it. I believe that’s how we amateur photographers can set us apart from mainstream photography, and maybe even stand out more, and possibly become quite interesting photographers.

So, you may ask… how and what kind of unique situations are there to photograph?

First of all, always have that camera handy and ready to shoot; the smaller the camera the more convenient. If you shoot in RAW, it will enable you to do some photo shopping on the image later – which may be needed, if it’s a spontaneous snapshot.  Also set your photos to at least 3000 pixels.

Who was it that said, we don’t make mistakes — we have happy accidents? After all, it’s our world when we look through our camera. Ah yes… the late painter, Bob Ross, said that; bless his heart.  It’s so liberating to be able to click away; creating crooked and cut off images…whatever.  It just might be that one of the pictures will catch that  particular fleeting moment in just the right way.

I love strolling away from the big tourist attractions to discover scenes in back roads and alleys. Go ahead, climb up a fire-escape to get another view.  And don’t forget to look up, I’ve often been surprised.

Lighting is what makes or breaks a photo. The most interesting photos I’ve taken were under stormy skies, or when the early morning mist rises, or a sunbeam shines through a sheer curtain.  If you can, try getting out of bed early, and catch the morning mood before the beaches get crowded. Oh, and the best lighting for photographs is late afternoon.

Okay, here are just a few things that I have figured out. I’ve never taken any photography courses, so these tips are all my own thoughts through my own trials and errors. I believe photography is simply about; what you see through your viewer is what you get – no more – no less.

I posted a few examples of photos I’ve taken − photos that I’ve never seen in a travel catalogues. Hmm… maybe one or the other does have that touristy look. Oh well, I’m working on it.

  • 33fMy favorite photos of people are

  • when they don’t know they are being photographed.

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 Something small that might catch your eye – not just once, but twice;  something that makes you observe it, study it closer, maybe a doorknob,
or part of a statue, or an insect. That means it’s probably worth pulling out the camera and taking a close-up −click–.

 Panorama photos, if you have this option, I believe it make photos most interesting. Before starting,

I first check out the view, and decide where I want the photo to start and where it should end.  It’s like a little story.

 Too many colors can overload a photo. But then again you could always change your shot to a black and white photo.

What about you? 

I would love to read your suggestions.  

What was one of your most unique photos?

If you like, share your special photo here.

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Author: Angelika Schwarz

I'm an author on the go. Give me a caravan, laptop, camera, and Hubby at my side, ( not exactly in that order), and I'm on a 'roll'.

11 thoughts on “Photography and Travel -Part 2 – How to Take your BEST Travel Shots.

  1. Thanks for this great tutorial, Angelika! Photography was never my strong suit, so thank goodness for “point and shoot” digital cameras! That and photo editing on the computer have saved me many times. 🙂 I’ve never tried to take a panoramic shot – must learn how to do that one of these days, if I ever get the nerve to release the camera from “Auto” mode. This is one photo I’m quite proud of and it didn’t even need any editing. Lucky shot!
    Mykonos Sunset

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  2. Oh, I love this photo. The light is just enough to set the seafaring mood. Thank you for sharing Debbie 🙂

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  3. My pleasure – forgot the caption though. That’s the island of Mykonos, Greece. Your photos are always great!

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  4. Aaah Greece. That is on my bucket list. My photos are far from always great. I’m the fastest photo deleter in town. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for the tips, now that I am blogging, I think more about my photos

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  6. Camp That Site: I’m thinking more about my photos too, and I never thought I would say this, but I’m running out of photos. Can’t wait to get back in the saddle and click away. 🙂

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  7. Great tips and beautiful photography. I rarely go anywhere without my camera. It’s one of those little point-and-shoot digitals that fits into the palm of my hand or in my pocket. My problem is remembering – quickly enough – how to use the various features. I’ve read the manual and taught myself how to use the features, but in the moment that I need that feature, I can’t remember how to access or use it. So I miss out on a lot of good shots.

    My favourites shots are of people unaware that the camera is there. As soon as they become aware, I lose the shots I’m after. But one of the problems with that (photographing people unaware) is that I often catch a sadness in their eyes that I didn’t even see before I took the shot. Then when I get them home and look at them on the computer, I see that sadness and/or weariness, and wonder how I had missed it at the time. That makes me sad to have been so intent on taking photos that I missed those moments with the people themselves. And those are the pictures I find difficult to print off and take back to them (ie, in Cuba)…I’m hesitant to show them that I captured their sadness like that without their permission or awareness.

    Anyway, I do love photography and would enjoy learning how to take better shots. Must look into the panoramic feature and practice so that I’ll know how to do it when I need it.

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  8. Hi Sharon, it’s so wonderful to see my loyal friend back and posting. I missed you and your wise comments. Interesting about catching sadness on camera, and not seeing it ‘live’. I’ve noticed that too, and I’ve chalked it up to the person not really wanting to be photographed in that moment. Maybe there is more to it. It’s something to think about. As for myself, I’ve seen photos of me, where I look sad, but I really wasn’t sad. I happen to have one of those faces, when I’m not smiling, the corners of my lips tend to go a little downwards, which make me look sad. Not quite as bad as Merkel, but a little similar. 🙂

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  9. Someday I’m going to hold that precious face of yours and tell you how incredibly beautiful you really are. And how much you have blessed my heart and life.

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  10. I swear I just read that with a Spanish accent. Ole’! Gracias querida.

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  11. I agree, I started this blog in December, not exactly camping weather, I need to get camping so I have more pictures.

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