Incorporating travel photography tips can help you to better preserve your favourite holiday moments. For a long time, I took photos solely with my smartphone for the sake of convenience – or relied on my friends with better cameras to dole out their travel pictures… (Spoiler alert: sometimes the planned photo sharing never happened.) And now that I’ve delved into the world of photography with a DSLR camera, my smartphone snaps make me cringe. So I teamed up with Inntravel for the #InntravelMasterclass, to bring you some travel photography tips for your slow holiday abroad.
I prefer slow travel to really soak up the essence of a country. Lists of “Instagramable” iconic travel destinations aren’t for me. What is the point of taking photos of somewhere that you did not actually get to experience? That’s why I think slow travel inspires more interesting and artistic travel photographs. If slow travel is more your pace, these holidays in Europe with Inntravel will help you to relish your walking, cycling or skiing journey. Inntravel carefully creates self-guided holidays for travellers to immerse in destinations such as Austria, Italy and Spain. They help visitors to explore less touristy areas in favour of coming to understand the locals and their everyday life. Inntravel provides holiday-makers with experiences rich in culture, and they have a wide range of holidays for travellers of all fitness levels, so do not be intimidated if you are an amateur rambler!
My top three travel photography tips, as taught by professional photographer Steve Dalley, who runs Better Travel Photography, include:
Travel Photography Tip 1 – Always Shoot RAW.
I know. Shooting photographs as RAW files will eat up digital space on your memory card and computer exponentially faster than when you shoot in JPEG. But because RAW captures all of the image data recorded by your sensor without compressing the information, you will more easily be able to correct the exposure on your images when post-processing. Your photos will also possess more detail, which will look better in print, too.
Travel Photography Tip 2 – Scan the Histogram Right After You Shoot.
Why take time to look at the histogram right after you take your shot, when you can analyse it much later in the editing process? Apparently the tiny display image on the back of your camera makes your shot look better than it actually is… This means that you might actually want to adjust your camera settings on site to produce better quality images. You should consult your camera manual to learn how to display the histogram instantly after each shot.
Travel Photography Tip 3 – Use Gradient Filters to Balance Your Images.
Sometimes the scene that you want trying to capture contains the entire spectrum of colour from deep shadows to bright highlights. The camera will oftentimes lose details in the shadows or completely blows out the highlights. Usually, reframing and taking a different shot is a good solution. But if you are bent on capturing the whole scene, try to achieve balance in the photograph by adding a gradient filter in the editing process. You can do this with HDR photos, too.
For more ways to improve your travel photography, read up these travel photography tips from Matthew Williams-Ellis.
Although my travel photography has definitely improved over the years, from only snapping phone pictures to getting a feel for my DSLR, I still see so much potential in my best European travel photo (bel0w). I was wandering the Spanish countryside early in the morning after a viewing sunrise at Trujillo castle and a cacophony of clucking led me to a natural outdoor chicken pen.
I like the framing of this shot, the chickens are placed in-between the bars, but can still clearly be seen. And Trujillo castle is peaking out at the top of the pen. However; this photograph could very much benefit from the above travel photography tips. Had I shot in RAW, I would not have lost lots of the texture and detail of the chickens. This European travel picture could also benefit from a gradient filter at the top, to reduce the ghostly effect of the castle in the background.
Moving forward, I am definitely looking forward to applying some of the skills I have learned. Which travel photography tip do you think will most benefit your photos? I’d love to hear in the comments.
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Disclosure: Up&AtEm Travel was provided admission to the advanced photography class. This is a sponsored advertorial post for Inntravel.
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