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I’ve learned so much about travel photography in the last year. There are so many photos I missed out on taking. It’s a fine line between making sure you have great photos and living in the moment! On our most recent trips, I have been using my iPhone 8 Plus to take all my photos versus packing my DSLR around everywhere. Below are some of my favorite photos hacks for using both cameras!
#1: Lighting, lighting, lighting!
There is nothing worse than having the sun straight in someone’s face. Squinting is never cute! Position yourself or your subject under a tree or other shade if possible. The golden hour which is about 60-90 minutes before sunset is always the best time to get photos. Learn how to use the ISO on your DSLR but don’t bump it up too high or your photos will be grainy.
#2: Clouds can be your friend.
This photo was taken in Paris with an overcast sky over us. I used the AColorStory app to brighten the photo after I took it so it was less obvious it was so cloudy.
#3: Take more photos than you think you’ll want or need.
Shoot, shoot, shoot! The more photos the better. Get different angles and think about the perspective you want your shot to have. Sometimes the slightest angle change can make the biggest difference. I always take more photos than I will need and I always end up deleting a healthy amount of them. I will also take multiples of the same shot. I’ve had too many instances where my hand was shaky in one vs. the second. I also use the burst mode on my iPhone and DSLR regularly. Sometimes the tiniest movement or moment is captured by doing this which helps me get the perfect shot. Here are two different photos I took of the Eiffel Tower as an example of the different angles:
Learning how to use the rule of thirds is great for taking travel photos! It will change your photos in the best way. I learned about it years ago when I first started learning photography.
You may have noticed that one of my favorite ways to shoot our travel photos is to look down the street. I will focus on the closest storefront, bar, restaurant, etc. and then aim the camera so that it looks down the street.
I am NOT a food photographer, but I like to take photos of food and drinks just slightly above table level or directly above the table. We always take photos of our food on trips so that we can remember all the good food we ate!
#5: Always take the candid photos.
I love that my husband took a few candid photos of me in Paris. Many times I look weird in them, but all it takes is that ONE that just makes all the bad ones worth it. I love taking candids of my hubby too.
#6 Get up close.
Never be afraid to get up close to take photos. Some of my favorite photos from our trips are detail shots. Learning about aperture was a game changer for me! These photos from Napa & Versailles respectively are two of my favorite detailed travel photos!
#7: White balance
Learn how to adjust the white balance in your photo so a white item is truly white and doesn’t carry a yellow or blue hue. Practice editing by putting a white item in your photo and then editing it accordingly. Learn what colors cancel out the yellow, blue and green hues to create a true white, or when in doubt, use the auto white balance feature in Lightroom.
I use a combination of apps and programs to edit my photos, but most recently I’ve been using Lightroom more. Learning how to post process photos has saved so many of my photos! I have a Lightroom preset to share with you for free today! The download also includes directions on how to install it and use it. Enter your information below to get it sent directly to your inbox! Check out the before & afters below!
What’s of these travel photo hacks helped you the most? Leave me a comment below!
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