If you are like me, then you love to travel, and you love to take photos. why you may not do this for a living, you do like to have great pictures from your travels. After all, pictures are the most precious travel souvenir that you can enjoy years after visiting the place.
If you are a travel blogger or an aspiring travel blogger, then you know the importance of having amazing pictures accompanying your stories. Nowadays, people often read or not an article based on the images that article has. And I have to confess this: being a travel blogger changed the way I take photos. I now see a place and if I want to take a picture of it I’m thinking of portrait and landscape formats that will allow me to create awesome pins. I’m also thinking of interesting angles that could catch the eye of my readers and on a great perspective so that I could provide depth for the object of my photo.
But taking great photos isn’t easy. Yes, you’ll need to learn a few things about photography if you want to take mesmerizing pictures. You’ll need to familiarise yourself with your camera and it’s settings. You need to take some test photos and play with those settings until you can find the perfect ones for different subjects and times of the day.
After all, it would be a pity to have the opportunity to photograph a cheetah running and not knowing what settings you need to use to actually have an image that you could use of that animal chasing its prey. Or perhaps you just saw an impressive waterfall and you’d like to take a picture of it and show it to your followers on social media. If you want to grab their attention then you definitely need a good photo. So you need to know what settings to use to get the best photo of that waterfall. Or maybe you would like to spend an evening outdoor and to catch the movement of the stars. Again, there are special settings you will need to know in order to take the best photo.
Then there are the negative and positive exposure compensation – other elements that you will need to know in order to take great photos on your travels.
It doesn’t have to be.
You can start with the basic elements, play with your camera’s settings, get experience, and then learn even more.
The key element of success is not to do it because you are forced to do but because you want to. The motivation has to come from within. You have to do it for yourself not for someone else in order for this learning process to not become a burden.
And I have good news. It doesn’t have to be complicated at first. In fact, you can start with the infographic from Backdrop Store included below. It has the key elements mentioned above explained, as well as examples of where you will use some of those settings.
Now capturing the perfect image of an animal running or a landscape or a waterfall or the movement of stars can be a piece of cake. You’ll need a little bit of practice, and that’s it.
I hope all of your photos will be exactly as you want them to be!