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Travel Photography 3rd edition

Travel Photography 3rd edition

Travel Photography 3rd Edition

Travel Photography covers everything from choosing the right camera gear through to tips on photographing scenery, cities, people pictures, close-ups, wildlife, and how to manage images as you travel. This handy guide teaches you how to let your photos tell the story; the best vantage points, creative angles and camera settings to capture superb, eye-catching images of your travel destinations.

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in this issue

8 min
choosing the right equipment

While many travellers are content to rely on their smartphones these days, despite their many advantages a smartphone could let you down if you want great photos of a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Smartphones are fine for everyday snapshooting. They’re light, compact and always accessible and it’s easy to share images. Today’s smartphones can provide high resolution plus support for 4K video recording. Many include complex processing and some have zoom capabilities. A few can record wide dynamic ranges and some support raw capture and processing. Replaceable microSD cards allow extended storage space and many phones have high-capacity batteries that can be charged from flat to 50% in as little as 30 minutes. Ostensibly, a smartphone might be all you need. But appearances can be deceptive. Their physical design and the total reliance on the…

6 min
photographing wildlife

The most important criteria for success in this highly specialised genre are being in the right place at the right time and having the right equipment. You also need prior research, luck and commonsense. It can be difficult for amateurs to find the time and resources to get into the locations where most professional shots are taken. However, there are plenty of ways to obtain memorable shots, starting with zoos and wildlife parks, which are readily accessible to the public. The equipment you need will vary but one thing you’re likely to require is a telephoto lens with a focal length of at least 200mm (or equivalent) in 35mm format. Modern interchangeable-lens cameras will provide all of the controls you require. Many key controls are also available in compact, super-zoom cameras. Photographic tours…

7 min
managing images as you travel

While travellers with a smartphone can upload images directly to the internet for sharing and/or storage with a couple of clicks, when you travel with a camera it’s a bit more complex. Most cameras come with built in Wi-Fi that can connect to an app on your phone or tablet. Many include Low Energy Bluetooth connectivity that works across up to 100 metres with a data rate up to 2 megabits/second. Both technologies require users to load an app in the receiving device and set a wireless network name and password on the camera. Once connected, files can be transferred from the camera to the linked device. However, when you have to backup tens or hundreds of gigabytes of data you’ll be restricted by the space on your phone or tablet…

5 min

When you’re intent on recording places and events as you travel, it’s easy to ignore opportunities for shooting close-ups. Yet well-chosen close-ups can say a lot about the places you visit. They will also make your travel images more interesting and meaningful. Close-up shots pull you directly into a subject and make you focus in upon details. They’re great for highlighting something people would normally overlook as well as for revealing intimate attributes of larger objects. A selection of close-ups will also provide a more personalised perspective that will make your shots stand out from the crowd. If you’re planning a photo book, a collage of close-ups can make a nice page layout highlighting a specific area of your trip. We often hear the term ‘macro’ used interchangeably with close-up photography. But there…

5 min
people pictures

Most travellers like to be photographed in the places they visit. Unfortunately, this can lead to a sequence of ‘Jim posed in front of the (insert landmark)’ images that are profoundly boring to viewers. As a photographer, you can change this. Most people who view your shots will already know what Jim looks like so you don’t need a series of formal portraits. Get Jim in action: talking to the locals, walking down the avenue in front of the tower or as a figure conveying scale in the picture. Don’t be afraid to photograph people in profile – or from behind or as a small figure in a large landscape. While the glazed smile of the full-face portrait can be off-putting, there’s nothing wrong with a full-face shot that shows the subject…

6 min
shooting in cities

Cities present a wealth of shooting opportunities – and almost as many problems. Decide in advance what you want to record: the cityscape itself or the people who live within the city. If you choose the former, be prepared to get up early and/or stay up late to avoid the crowds. If the latter, you need a small, unobtrusive camera that is quick to use and capable of handling a wide range of situations. Most cities have iconic buildings; some contain areas of historical significance while others present examples of striking modernity. Try to capture the ‘feel’ of the place, rather than simply recording straight shots of buildings. Allow time to explore the interesting visual features of each place. Look for unusual angles. You may not be able to photograph the entire building…