In our last post, we talked about tips for getting your photography equipment packed up and ready for vacation travels. Now it’s time to do some shooting! Here are some tips for getting great travel shots.
Capture it all.
Snap pictures of every aspect of your trip. Tell the story of your adventures by photographing the planning, the packing, the car preparations, the road trip, the taxi ride to the airport, the hotel arrival. Decide that’s it’s all memorable and photograph it that way.
Get up and at ’em early.
Shooting in the early morning light is always exciting because it allows you to shoot in the golden hour, the time when the sun’s illumination is warm colored and wonderfully diffuse.
But getting an early start when you’re on vacation has some distinct added benefits.
First, you can avoid the crowd and that’s especially important when you’re vacationing at a favorite tourist destination. Taking good pictures of a popular landscape or memorial can be a lot harder when the place is crowded and swarming with tourists. Getting there early lets you get ahead of the masses and allows you to take your time in photographing your subject.
And, secondly, getting your shooting in in the morning, while your family is still in bed, can give you time to enjoy the rest of your day with them. You can get up early, get out and do some shooting and be back before they even know that you were gone.
Shoot in the early evenings too.
Save some time in the early evening to do some photography.
Shooting in the early evening gives you another chance to take advantage of the lovely lighting of the golden hour. Some of the most dramatic and exciting images are often captured in the light of sunset.
Try shooting a silhouette against the background of a setting sun. For the most striking effect, be sure that your subject is distinctive, with a recognizable shape. It’s also important that your subject be visually separate from its surroundings so that the contours of your subject don’t run together with other objects and distort its outline. Remember that, since a silhouette lacks color, the shape needs to tell the whole story.
The photography opportunities don’t end at sunset. Continuing to shoot after sunset can give you the opportunity to capture cityscapes and other architecture, illuminated for the nighttime darkness against a sky that still shows a lingering sliver of sun.