Epic travel photography hacks
Wether you are an aspiring travel photographer or just an amateur travel lover that wants to capture more you need to know these hacks. Travel photography might sound easy but sometimes it can be really stressful and frustrating. When I first started taking photos in unfamiliar locations it definitely made me anxious. That ended up spoiling my shoots and making me even more frustrated. By using these hacks I am way more chilled and shooting is a lot more fun! If you just remember that you don’t need to be a professional and have some fun then you are on the right track already. Everyone has to start somewhere right?
These epic travel photography hacks will help you stay calm and capture awesome photos.
Make crowds disappear
One of the things that makes me worry most is encountering big crowds at places I want to shoot at. These days tourist hot spots can be really packed even when you go at off peak times. This is why I absolutely love this epic travel photography hack.
All you need is a camera ( or smartphone ) and a tripod for it. Set up your angle and and then take multiple shots. I would say about 20 at 5 second intervals should be perfect. Then you need to import those photos to photoshop.
Now, inside of Photoshop, go to File > Scripts > Statistics:
- At the top of the box, choose “Median” from the drop-down.
- Then, using the dialogue box, use the Browse button to select your photos.
- Check the box at the bottom that says “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images”.
- Click OK and Photoshop will begin the alignment and “disappearing” process, and when finished the photo will open up inside of Photoshop as a single layered document.
Most of the time this will take out almost all the people in the shot if they were moving. We did this with a couple shot at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi and it worked really well. The only person I needed to manually remove was the security guard as he was just sitting the entire time.
Create a shot list
Shot lists generally help me when I feel overwhelmed by a location. This usually happens when I go to somewhere really popular with loads to shoot but I have limited time. The worst thing is to leave and then remembering all these cool creative shot ideas you had and never did.
It really is as easy as writing a list of your shot ideas on your phone and then taking a deep breathe, checking them and getting them done if possible. When you are finished with time to spare go freestyle and potentially get even more epic shots.
Experiment with props
Probs really are my friend. Whether they are already in the scene or you take your own it could potentially make a shot. I love taking props to make certain tired locations more interesting or just adding a bit more creative flair to a photo. The props you take are up to you and your style. For example I would take a floaty skirt, a hat, a piece of fruit, a shell or whatever fits my vibe for the photo.
There are endless props and ideas you can use in photos so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Shoot in Raw
Unless you are a photo journalist there is no reason not to shoot in RAW. If you have a camera with RAW capabilities you should definitely make use of it. Raw image files give you the ability to really bring out or change colours. I alos love raw because I can easily fix under or over exposed photos.
I shot on jpg for the longest time because I thought the colours looked better. Now that there are so many presets and mobile lightroom you have no reason not to make your photos the best that they can be! Some newbies completely forget about these epic photography hacks!
Take shots from every angle
If you get photo fomo like me then this is a must do! When we visit a location I try and shoot from a whole bunch of different angles. This means you will have more choices later and you can use more photos from just one location as they all look different.
You don’t want to get stuck on that one view and then regret it later!
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