Wednesday, 5 August 2015

How Did I Learn Travel Photography?

So how did I learn to take beautiful travel photos? Okay, I’m not trying to sound like I’m an expert when it comes to taking great travel photos. But, I can confidently say that I’m able to produce quite decent travel photos and I’m ever eager to hone my skills.

Also read Travel Photography Tips on National Geographic

Travel photography is something that I enjoy immensely and that’s why it’s my top priority on all my travels. I’d say travel photography is not something that you can learn in a class. It’s an art that you need to grow with on the road.

Before I unravel my tips on learning travel photography, I want to make it clear that you cannot take good travel photos unless you have a passion for travel. You got to be a traveller to be a travel photographer. Tell me if you disagree with me.

I’m sharing with you MY ways of honing my travel photography skills, but if you also have something valuable to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below.


Observe good travel photos

Whenever I’m asked how I learnt photography, my only answer is that I learnt it by observing great travel photos taken by others. Most of what I have discovered about travel photography or photography on the whole is through observation. I look at photos that I like and I observe how they are composed and framed, the idea and the story behind them, the artistic sense applied by the photographer and many little details.

So, have an eye for observation.  



Critique your own photos

I make lots of mistakes. I don’t think I am ever totally satisfied with my photos. Yes, there have been quite a few instances when I really felt that I was able to achieve what I aimed at. But, most of the time, I am critiquing my photos. I believe ‘your’ mistakes teach you a lot. So, never be afraid of making them! However, avoid making the same mistakes again and again. Analyse your photos, find out what’s not looking good and work on it.


Be open to learning from others

I always make it a point to learn from other good photographers. If I find someone who knows a great deal about photography, I try to interact with that person. Everybody has different strong points. For instance, I may be good at landscape photography, while someone else may be more comfortable with capturing market scenes or food photos. So, taking a few quick tips from your fellow traveller is always a good idea. 

    
Be ready to walk

If you want to nail great travel images, you got to be walking! You can’t be lazy, hesitant or shy and be a travel photographer, too. I walk and wander a lot on my travels. I don’t mind getting tanned. I dirty my clothes, climb anywhere and even get hurt for a shot. The idea is to capture what you really want to capture. If a shot requires you to walk an extra mile, bend or even lie down, do it!     


Mingle with locals

I have realised over the years that most people are friendly and they respect what you do if you care to talk to them. Even a brief hello would do. Mingling with the locals is also part of travel photography. You need to exchange glances and smiles before you can freeze them.


Give it time

Except for the candid shots, each frame needs your time. Perhaps the best way of learning travel photography is by being patient with each shot. You have to remember that photography is an art. It’s not about owning a great camera and just clicking. So, take your time and think what looks good in a frame and what doesn’t.

Never be in a hurry.

If you annoy your companions by taking too long for a shot, let them leave!

WHAT TIP WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY?

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30 comments:

  1. Yes you are right Travel Photography if done properly brings out the real essence of the place... Thanks for sharing...

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  2. Good tips Renuka! I think another tip I can add is about making strategies. If there is time, recce the area. And never be afraid to ask for favours - if you need a top shot, don't be apprehensive and just go and request the house owner to let you climb...

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    1. That's right! I also do that, and most people are helpful.

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  3. A good expensive camera is nothing if you don't have the eye for photography, I heard that from someone but I do agree with it. A lot of people now are getting the massive cameras without really knowing how to use it or what to take photos of. I am not a professional photographer and I also don't own a massive camera but I do enjoy photography and I try to be good at it. Yes, walking the extra mile and getting hurt for a great photo sounds very familiar to me. :p

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    1. That's so nice to hear! :-) Anything for a great shot!

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  4. Such great tips! I'm always trying to improve my photography. I have a long way to go. It really is something that takes passion and a lot of effort. I carry my camera everywhere I go and am pretty much constantly taking photos. Photography is just something that has become a part of my daily life, but I think that's necessary to keep improving. I also love looking at other people's photos (like yours!). Getting inspired and learning from other photographers is key to improving :)

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    1. That's right, Justine! Looking at other people's photos and improving is so important. And carrying your camera everywhere and snapping photos everyday is also a good practice. Even I need to do that!

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  5. Very informative post! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Good tips Renuka! Sometimes it also helps to know the best times to capture a particular monument or scene...

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    1. Thanks Chaitali! Yes, knowing the best time to capture a shot is so important, like in the morning or in the early evening.

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  7. I believe more a person click photos, more one learn. At one point one will reach a stage where his eyes will first convey the message to click camera and it will be a good photograph. Visualization about a good photograph comes with practice.
    Technical aspect of a camera also helps a lot when the light is low or during night hours. I have yet to learn technical aspect but still I believe I am ok with photography skills if not excellent specially with manual mode.

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    1. Yes, the more you click, the more you learn.Thanks for sharing your thought, Tushar!

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    1. I'm glad you found it informative.

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  9. All great tips, and especially the one about learning from others - it was only once I swallowed my pride that I was able to do that, and my photography has gotten better since. I have one very good friend to thank for teaching me a lot about photography - Ali Raza is a star :)

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    1. That's so nice to know, Tim :-) Yes, it's always good to have good photographers around, and to learn from them is even better.

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  10. I think the passion to travel and keep memories itself is a huge factor in making one a travel photographer :)

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    1. That's right, Param! Your true passion for travel inspires you to take good photographs, too. But you also need to hone your skills with patience.

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  11. great tips Renuka - your photos are fantastic. My dad was really into photography once and he's given me loads of tips, but personally trial and error is the biggest way I've learnt! Come visit my blog again some time!

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    1. Thanks Andrew! :-) It's always wonderful to see your comments on my posts. Sure, I'd be happy to visit your blog again. Yep, trial and error is the best way to learn photography,

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  12. Ahh, after long time ..I read one of your post, so nicely described.. :)... keep travelling..

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    1. Thanks Pamela! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  13. I Love Photography and always find the ways to improve my photography skills. Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information with us.

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    1. That's wonderful, Nutan! I hope you continue to enjoy photography and get better and better at it. All the best!

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  14. The line of the horizon, or the surface is better to place about a third from the top or bottom of the image border. When photographing landscape, leave in the frame something to cling to look: a twig in the foreground, a blade of grass or a human. If there is nothing - try to select another shooting point. Try different software as Lightroom http://hdrprograms.com/ for get beautiful shots

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