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This is the last of a three part series on travel photography tips for the would be travel photographer. I have 30 tips for everyone out there wanting to take better travel photography shots, or even those who would want to start a career in travel photography.
If you haven’t read the first and second ten, check it out by reading Part 1 of 30 Tips for the Would-Be Travel Photographer and Part II of 30 Tips for the Would be Travel Photographer
Here we go! Last 10:
Tip #10 Have a regular packing list. If you want to be a travel photographer, then get ready to travel often. Jot down your must brings and this isn’t just your clothes and your camera. You need to list down things that will help you survive as a photographer. This includes universal chargers, door stoppers, earplugs, weather proof gear, and rain gear.
Tip #09 Don’t make a detailed Itinerary. I’m not saying don’t make an IT. What I’m saying is don’t make one that tells you you have to do this at a certain time to the point where even the time you need to pee is scheduled. Be as flexible as a leaf. If you want to take great photographs, use your eyes, your imagination, and a good sense of intuition. Trust your instincts
Tip #08 Learn to Let Go. As a travel photographer, you will miss shots, in fact, you will miss a lot. Lost photo opportunities help you grow as a person. Have an abundance mentality. If you missed a shot- let go, move on. There are more and better photos in store for you. If you sulk, you’ll end up bickering over lost shots rather than enjoying new ones.
Tip #07 Keep on Learning. There is always more to learn and there are always better photographers than us. Whether its technique, mindset, or technical knowledge, keep an open mind an see how you can improve your photography, even to the point that you feel that you have reached the epitome of your photography craft.
Tip #06 Don’t get hung up on gear. My absolute hated question to answer is.. “What settings do I use for this?” or “which lens is better”. To tell you honestly. There is no better lens and there is not better setting. Your lens and your setting is determined by what you want to do. What you want to do determines what best setting and lens or any other gear to use. If you’re new to photography, stick to your kit gear for about a year. If you feel an itch to buy those nicer lenses. Stop yourself. The technical stuff can get in the way of your being creative. Travel photography requires a lot of creativity and only handful amount of tech.
Tip #05 Practice perfectly.Yes, I said last time to shoot a lot. But don’t shoot a lot mindlessly. Shoot as though you are shooting your perfect shot all the time, but don’t stop until your perfect shot is absolutely perfect.
Tip #04 Set yourself a travel photography goal. Goals are nice to have. It allows you to improve because you’re giving yourself a challenge. Whenever you travel, give yourself an assignment. Create a photostory. Imagine yourself on assignment for Natgeo, or Conde Nast. It may or may not come to that point that you will indeed shoot for these magazines, but hey, what you did just upped your level of photography.
Tip #03 Learn the Why, not just the How. New hobbyists always ask how. I have always been a fan of the question Why. It allows you to know the reason behind the how. And once you know the Whys. You get to answer a lot of How’s yourself. Like How should the settings be for this kind of subject? A good question to follow is – Why are settings like that? If you find out the answer to the next question. You’ll end up asking less of what settings should this or that be. If you don’t ask. You will forever ask that question.
Tip #02 Always visit this blog. Ha! Shameless Plug! Just for fun. But really, I give nice free travel photography tips don’t I
Tip #01 Remember, photography ends with Vision. Photography starts and ends with vision. It what makes you pick up your camera. It is what this blog was made of.. vision.
I hope you learned something from all the 30 tips. Now start doing them. Enjoy!