5 Ways to Take Your Travel Photography to the Next Level

Tue, 25 June 2019

Have you ever gone on a trip where you took so many photos and couldn’t wait to show your friends and family, however the photos didn’t do the actual scenery justice?

Whether you own the newest DSLR with a D3500’s large 24.2 MP DX-format sensor and full HD filming with a rotatable stand tripod or an iPhone 7 with a crack in the screen, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how fancy your gear is, it’s all about the way you are using it. When backpacking you will probably prefer using your phone, since carrying a ton of heavy gear with you at all times whilst hiking down Kelingking beach is not very pleasant. When using your phone, do remember before leaving to always have your phone charged or invest some money into an external portable charger (don’t forget to charge that one as well). Some people love to take 20 pictures of the same scenery and then not delete any till they are back home, to prevent ending up with a full storage be sure to free up some space before you leave by transferring photos onto your laptop or by deleting some apps.

Technique

To bring your photography game to the next level you can learn to use a few different techniques, these are easy ways that can have a big impact on the way you are making you photos.person taking a photo of scenery during sunset

The rule of thirds is perhaps the most well-known technique when it comes to photography. All you simply have to do is divide the image into thirds, leaving you with 9 parts. The theory is that you place the item that you want to lay the focus on, on one of the intersections. This draws the attention of the viewer into the photograph instead of simply glancing at it. 

This photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge is a great example of how you can use different techniques in one picture. The first one is lines, look at the cables, the fence and the white line on the ground, they all grab our attention from the foreground leading us to the background of the image. This photo also makes a great use of positioning by using a person as the focus point you give the image a more humane perspective and give it a less flat feeling. Don’t have anyone with you to take a photo of? Try to use a tripod and make yourself the focus point, put the timer on 10 seconds and see what will happen. You might have to give it a few tries but, in the end, you will figure out a way and end up with a great picture of yourself (and who doesn’t love a picture of themselves).woman standing in bridge

Timing is so important when it comes to taking a great photo, whether it is about getting that exact moment when a monkey approaches you or that moment when the sky has turned pink. Play around with the shutter speed of your camera. Technically speaking, shutter speed is the amount of time you allow your camera sensor to be exposed to light. Use a very fast shutter speed to capture quick movements and a slow shutter speed can create a motion blur, think of car lights in the nights. Timing also relates to the time of day, you can make great pictures during the morning and the evening when the sun is starting to set. We have all probably heard of the golden hour (shortly after sunset and before sunrise), however have you ever heard of the blue hour? Blue hour happens about 30 minutes before sunrise and just after sunset. There is still natural light making the sky bright of colour and the clouds different shades of red, orange, magenta and blue.

Take photos of your adventures and share them with others on the backpacking app Alpacr: http://alpacr.com

- Trish


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