Here’s one of my earliest travel pictures.
It was shot in Amsterdam with my then- new and very fancy DSLR. Pretty “amazing” stuff, right?
At the time I thought it was. I used a polarizer – that’s a photo filter which helped darken the blue and reduce reflections in the water. I tried to create balance by waiting until the boat was about 2/3rds of the way through the frame before I snapped. I trusted my new and expensive DSLR to make a proper exposure, and I shot the scene exactly as you see here. I felt like a pro because I was shooting in a foreign land with a nice camera, and I figured every shot I’d take would be pure gold.
Here’s a more recent shot of a boat in water.
Looking at my old picture from Amsterdam, I remember very little of what it felt like to be there. But when I look at this more recent picture from Istanbul, I remember everything. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the chaos and the beauty all come back to me. I feel like part of me is still there. So what’s the difference?
Not much: The composition is nearly identical. Water, buildings, and a boat that falls about 2/3rds of the way through the frame. I put the same amount of thought into each photo. This is essentially the same picture, distinguished only by about 5 years worth of photography experience.
With The Visual Guide to Travel Photography, I want to help you fast forward through those years.
I want you to see your images and remember not just what it looked like to be in a place, but what it felt like.
This is The Visual Guide to Travel Photography.
I’ll update these to links as I post each article:
The Visual Guide
- Why Travel Photography is Inherently Challenging
- Why Good Travel Photography Enhances the Travel Experience
- The Elements of a Great Photograph
- Three Steps to Great Pictures
- 9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Pictures Right Now
- Why You Don’t Need A Great Camera to Take Great Pictures
- The Argument for AUTO
- Getting the Most Out of Your Camera
Advanced Ways to Add Artistic Interest
Your Best Picture
- Dramatic Light
- Night Photography
Getting Fancy With It
- Using Photo Filters
- High Dynamic Range Photography
- Flash Photography
- Shooting the Stars