My husband and I recently booked a vacation to Seattle in October. We've been out to Las Vegas (got married there!) and to several cities in California but this will be our first trip to the Pacific Northwest. The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Olympic Sculpture Park, the Seattle Art Museum and Bainbridge Island are some of the spots we're looking forward to seeing and as we've been planning out our itinerary, I've also been planning out the photos I'd like to take. I know it may sound odd to pre-plan my photos but when you're a photographer and someone who used to produce photoshoots, it's just second nature. In the spirit of my upcoming getaway, I'm going to share some of my best travel photography tips.
IMPROVE YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
I always say that the best camera is the one that you have with you. No matter the type of camera, you want to make sure it's one that you're comfortable and familiar with so you can make the most of it's features. Also make sure you have the right lenses, a tripod if needed, extra batteries and memory cards.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
I'm not a big fan of crowds so if I'm going to check out a tourist attraction, I try to go at off peak times. Also keep in mind that certain times of day provide more ideal lighting like the late afternoon or the magic hour (one hour before and after the sunrise/sunset). I'm actually quite partial to sunset backdrops.
Anyone can take a standard straight on shot of a landmark. Challenge your creativity and play with different angles and framing to add visual interest. You can also play with the modes of your camera. I like to play around with my aperture and shutter speed for different effects.
GET A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Trying out various vantage points like going up high or down low or getting up close or far away can go a long way to creating a unique point of view. Reflections are fun!
WATCH YOUR LIGHT
Always take note of where your light is coming from and use it to your advantage. I find that harsh midday sunlight is never flattering and your best bet for avoiding that is open shade. While sunny days are always preferable, overcast skies are actually the best for photography. When shooting indoors, be sure not to block your own light and use any available light sources to illuminate your shot.
CAPTURE THE DETAILS
Most locales have characteristics which are unique to them. Being observant will help you to pick up on the local flavor and incorporate it into your photographs. You can't go wrong with a good photo of the local cuisine.
Sometimes a shot won't work out how you picture it in your head. Just take a step back to assess the situation, reframe and try again. I've had many shots come out better than I originally imagined just by doing this.
While getting that perfect shot is great, we shouldn't be so consumed with capturing the moment that we miss out on enjoying the actual moment as it happens.
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I'd choose to go to Miami, Florida. We spent a day there once before departing on a cruise and have always talked about going back. It’s a such a vibrant city. It would be fun to hang out on Miami Beach and see all the cool Art Deco architecture along Ocean Drive. I’d also want to pay a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Garden. It's an impressive 28 acre estate and Italian style villa filled with an array of art and fountains and pools. So where would you go if you had a free ticket to anywhere in the contiguous United States?
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