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5 ways to get the perfect shot whilst travelling

If you’re a photographer preparing for a stint of travelling, it’s understandable if you’re wondering just how to make the most out of your camera during your trip. When there’s so much to do and see you may be stumped as to how to ensure you’re getting some perfect shots along the way. These 5 essential tips will help you do just that.


Make sure your camera is ready to go


First things first – be sure you’ve got the right camera for the job. If you’re taking your photography seriously, it’s important you have something a bit better than, say, your ordinary phone camera. Make sure you’ve got quality equipment to bring on your travels with you to ensure some quality shots.


Consider the lenses you’re using on your camera, too. Should you be using a SLR instead of a point-and-shoot, it’s important you have an arsenal of lenses suited to different settings and subjects to ensure you’re getting the best photos possible wherever you are. 


Consider the light


It’s safe to say night shots aren’t always the best. Under low light situations your photos can turn out fuzzy, distorted and out of focus. Make sure you’re making the most of natural light when possible in order to give your photo an authentic appearance.


Getting up early is your best chance at finding a balance of good lighting and a quiet environment to snap some pictures. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm – with photography, that couldn’t be more true.


Pick the right destination


With good photography comes a good subject, so be sure you’re heading somewhere with plenty of opportunities to get the best shots. Whether it’s a bustling setting such as Manhattan or Delhi, a sprawling mountain range like the depths of the Himalayas or a beautiful beach in Thailand, it’s important to find the best locations for some gorgeous pictures.


Do your research before you go on the best locations for photos. There are some renowned spots all over the world – Machu Picchu in Peru and the Salt Flats of Bolivia are just two of them. 


Stay patient – it takes time


Don’t expect to snap any great photos off the cuff. You’ll need to remain calm, focused and patient in order to really frame the perfect shot; rushing won’t help you in any way. Make sure you’re carefully setting up the photo so you’re ready to take it at the perfect moment.


This is especially important if you’re photographing something that isn’t static, such as an animal, fireworks or a ceremony. Be sure to set yourself up in prime position for whatever may come into frame, and wait it out until you’re ready to get that one perfect shot.


Have your camera ready at all times


With that being said, it’s equally important you have your camera to hand as often as you can. Sometimes a perfect photo opportunity can arise when you least expect it, so it’s crucial you keep your camera at hand to capture it. Surprises can present themselves often whilst travelling – make sure you document it.

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Do you have any other tips for your fellow travelling photographers? Be sure to let us know.

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