What You Need To Know About Taking Photos Abroad

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Documenting your travels by taking photos is a great way of storing your experiences and sharing them with others.

Capturing the people and places you visiting their best light is also an enjoyable challenge. So make the most of your adventures and start taking a bit of extra time to master the perfect shot. To help, we’ve got six essential things you need to remember about taking photos abroad.

1. It’s easier than you think to find interesting subjects

If you’re after a great view, check out ordinance survey maps for detailed information about locations and geography. Google maps is also great for finding places, as well as discovering viewpoints. Local postcards will document the most popular travel locations, but you can always ask locals or the tourist information offices for insider knowledge to capture lesser-known gems.

2. Try something different

On the other hand, when you’re visiting locations which have been photographed countless times, you should think about making your photos unique to you. After all,if you’re trying to capture the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Mount Rush more, for instance, you’re better off buying a post card.Instead, make it a photo about something else. In these 19 tips for better travel photos, they suggest “your companion"goofy hat with the Eiffel Tower in the back ground, or a bobby in front of the Houses of Parliament, or a motorcycle gang parked in front of Mount Rushmore.” All are great ways to make photos unique –start thinking of your own.

3. Beat the rush

If you don’t want hordes of tourists in your photos, get up early and beat the rush.Most people have a lie-in on holiday, so you’ll be able to make the most of the morning light before they turn up to spoil your shot.

4. Don’t forget the essentials

According to Tech Radar, your basic kit should include: DSLR body, lightweight tripod, a wide-angle zoom, a mid-range zoom, a telephoto zoom, a cable release, polarising filter, and possibly a couple of ND grad filters. Depending on your ability – and luggage limits – these essentials can of course be altered. But everyone should remember battery chargers for their camera and a travel adaptor. Laptops and portable hard drives are also great for backing up images, as well as making and saving any edits.

5. Ask for permission

Finally, make sure you’re not offending people. As the Secret Traveller puts it – “how would you feel if someone approached you at your workplace and starting taking photos of you, getting right up in your face with a huge DSLR camera? Probably fairly annoyed.”So listen to their advice and at least ask politely first if someone is a main subject in your shot.

6. Print them with a good company

Don’t ruin your photos by getting them printed cheaply – research great printers local to you and spend the extra money. It will be worth it to see your hard work printed well.Do you take photographs when travelling? Share your tips with us.

Last modified on Monday, 21 November 2016 07:29

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