I had a dream once and it is still a dream up to this date. I wanted to be a travel blogger and a great photographer whom brands would chase and pay highly for their marketing advertising campaigns. I wanted to be the most highly sought local product endorser of marketing firms as well as independent marketing consultants. However, the usual problem that causes the delay of my dream coming into reality is the fact that I practically do not know much about the photography travel and blogging business.
I want to start planning my trips, but I simply do not know where to start and how to take good snapshots. One thing I realized as a beginner is that, instead of addressing the complex subject of travel photography, I focused on the location and considered it as the most essential part in learning travel photography.
First and foremost, you have to start small and grow from there. Here is the step one. You need to get a good, comfortable place you can use as your photography routine testing ground.
This is very simple to understand right? At almost every opportunity, you should not head out to the game unprepared.
Start taking snapshots using your phone camera. Photograph anything that takes your fancy. Your face, your table, your bed, your makeup, or at any place like the mall or streets.
Do not buy expensive digital photography equipment while you are still in the process of upgrading your travel photography skills. First of all, you should learn photography using your phone camera.
Find interesting landscapes, cityscapes, people and more. This new hobby and routine will greatly help you improve your understanding about phone camera lens aperture and how it can affect the desired result of your photos.
To get a good grasp about what lens aperture is, know that an aperture is a hole within the lens through which light travels into the camera body. The smaller the aperture, the more the scene is in focus.
A larger aperture will make the focus sharp, with parts farther or closer to the scene blurry, which is generally an f4 or under. The lower the aperture, the less light enters the camera.
On the other hand, the ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. It’s essentially like a fake light that adds brightness to your image when the natural light is low.
This means that setting a high ISO can increase your camera’s sensitivity to light, and may result in a grain, or noise to your images. The ISO should never be over 200 when photographing in daylight. But, if you are shooting at night without a tripod, or in changeable light conditions, the ISO can really help expose your image correctly.
As a beginner, you need to also figure out what minimum digital equipment you need to cover different scenarios of travel photography. Using a phone camera with a wide angled lens is best for starters.
Go on a day long trip for taking photos. Maybe you would want to go for food photography and styling. That is the easiest.
Photography food topics are trending, especially in the travel industry. Choose one place and one focus at a time.
If your plan involves mountain hiking, you better make sure you bring spare memory cards and powerbanks, plus the tripods and selfie sticks. I know it would be quite heavy.
When you already got the basics, all you have to do is practice. You do not need to travel full time to get some practice, just take your phone camera out at every opportunity so you can try different things.
Practice at sunrise and during sunset, Learn how to adjust your settings at different times of the day. Composition is key. Consider where you can position your subject in the frame.
If you think creatively and put them in different areas of the frame, you’ll create something no one else has. The use of light is something that you should not overlook when taking travel photos.
Find where the light source is coming from and place your subject in creative positions to make the most of the light. The more you learn, the more control you have until you are no longer taking photos, but actually making pictures. Your photograph may change so drastically largely depending on whether you point your camera at the light or just a few centimeters away from it. Digital photography is a long way to master, but you can do it.