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10 tips on how to become a better travel photographer

"a camera is a save button for the mind's eye."

- roger kingston

For me, traveling and photography go hand in hand. Strolling through a new city with the iphone in your hand or the camera over your shoulder is a great way to capture memories and capture great moments. You can also see the world with new eyes and turn what you see into something new, maybe even into something unexpected.

After 20,000 pictures i learned a thing or two about my favorite hobby. Here are my ten travel photography tips that will broaden your horizons and make you a better photographer.

Never leave the house without your camera

Seriously, you will regret it.

Give your mail cards eight

Make sure you have enough memory available if you have a digital camera or if you have enough space on your phone when taking pictures with it. There's nothing worse than the "card full" indicator on the screen when you have the perfect scene in mind.

Stand up with the sun

Get up early and try not to miss the "golden hour" at the end of the day (about an hour before sunset). The light is magical and fantastic light makes for fantastic photos.

Hello / salut / nihao - learn a local greeting

This is especially important if you want to take pictures of people. It is polite and increases the likelihood that the person you are taking a picture of will positively look at your nick and will not feel disturbed. In general, it is also a good idea to ask permission before photographing someone. A friendly nod in their direction is usually sufficient (if they agree with a photo, they nod back). Keep in mind that in some cultures it is not appropriate to photograph people, especially strangers.

Keep up in a local café

There is nothing more inspiring than watching people in a new city. Meanwhile, you should do some action shots. Imagine a sidewalk cafe in paris on a sunny october afternoon.

Discover the unknown

Avoid tour buses and let yourself drift instead. Use the afternoon for a voyage of discovery and put the card aside. The most beautiful motifs can be found in unusual, unexpected places.

Take them time

If possible, live in your new city and do not just go on a ramble. If you spend a few weeks or even months in a new location, you will get to know culture and people. Remember that time, patience, and genuine appreciation for the place you are photographing will be reflected in your images.

Treat each moment like a photomotive

Try to leave the sunset and eiffel tower pictures behind. Not that they can not be beautiful too, but places you never expected would have true beauty in them. You can train your eye to capture those unusual moments and unique perspectives. It takes practice, but it's worth it - in the end it makes your photos so much more interesting.

Be open for numbers

In my experience, it takes a lot of photos to get a few jewels in front of the lens. Taking 1,000 photos on a trip and being really happy with 50-60 at the end of the day is a normal return. Do not expect every photo to be perfect. However, you should be aware that you can find something interesting in each photo (item 8). And do not delete pictures until you look at them on your computer screen, unless it's a true miss or totally blurry.

Edit, edit and still work a little more

Do not post all your holiday photos on flickr or facebook. Pick the best ones, edit them with a simple editing program like iphoto on your computer, or with snapseed or instagram on your phone, and upload only a "best of" album on your favorite platform. Quality is about quantity. Especially in photography you should pay attention to this motto. A beautiful travel album that inspires others to follow in your footsteps is truly worth the price of gold.

 

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