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5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Travel Photography Skills

If you are a travel buff, you will probably want to capture the best memories of your trips in pictures and videos. Moreover, you will expect to share them with your friends and connections on social media. You may even get a following and become a travel micro-influencer if your posts are impressive and consistent. But not all travelers are great with a camera, so they miss out on the best shots and videos. However, a little guidance, practice, and inspiration can make you a master with the camera. You can take the best shots, even without spending a fortune on equipment and a photography course. Here are a few ways to make the most of your travel photography skills and create share-worthy memories of your holidays.  

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Plan your shots

Travel photography requires good planning, much like creating an itinerary for the tour. You can check travel guides, magazines, and Google Maps to choose the right places to click pictures and shoot videos. Instagram is an ideal source of inspiration for travel photography as it helps you pick the right locales and ideas for your travel shots and reels. You can even create a wish list to click on when you are at your destination. It helps you pick everything you may want during the trip. Moreover, you need not stress about searching for locales and spots. Of course, you can capture random moments besides sticking with your wish list.

Know your camera

You may use a smartphone, a classic camera, or a DSLR for travel photography. Knowing your camera actually matters more than using the latest one with top-notch features. Take the time to go through the instructions, play around with camera settings and buttons, and practice beforehand. Remember to check the menu to change camera settings so that you need not struggle in the field. Imagine missing out on a spectacular sunset or a special moment only because you do not know how to use a feature or change the setting. You may even invest in a new camera once you develop a penchant for photography. 

Make the most of the golden and blue hour

Even beginners know the importance of good lighting when it comes to photography. The golden and blue hour is the best time of the day from a natural illumination perspective, so you must make the most of them. The Golden Hour refers to the time when the sun throws a magical glow as it is low in the sky. Conversely, the sun is below the horizon during the blue hour when the sky has a stunning blue hue. The best way to capture these moments is to shoot during the early hours and stay out late. You may shoot a few clicks and reels in the middle of the day but stick with street photography instead of the natural locales. 

Go beyond photography

Another tip to create flaunt-worthy travel memories is to go beyond photography. It surely sounds counterintuitive because you must click the best shots and shoot the best videos. But editing them is equally crucial because a little extra work can make a world of difference. Handling videos is often trickier than editing photos because you can use filters to sharpen the image quality in a few clicks. Fortunately, you can use a free video editor to cut, trim, and crop videos. You can even add music and special effects with the tool. Creating share-worthy memories of your vacations couldnโ€™t be easier! 

Master the tricks and skills

Pro travel photographers recommend learning the tricks and skills of photography to click the best shots and videos. Good composition can elevate an average shot. Remember to follow the Rule of Thirds when placing the points of interest and subjects in the right place. Also, pay attention to the lines, angles, shapes, and frames while taking pictures and making videos. You can devise your own techniques and improve them with regular practice and creativity. Be patient and persistent if you wish to develop and ace the craft.

Think outside the box

Anyone visiting Paris will surely want the iconic shots of the Eiffel Tower to share on social media. While you can post them, expect your followers to scroll them without a second look because they are similar to every second post of a Parisian holiday. Think outside the box to capture the attention of your friends and followers with the most incredible pictures and videos. You can try different ideas, from over-exposing to incorporating motion blue, adding background music, and doing transitions. A unique video can make your post stand out and get you all the likes and shares you want from your followers. 

Backup your photos and videos

You may have the best memories in your camera or smartphone, but the risk of loss persists. Beyond losing your device, you can lose the memories of the trip, which can be downright painful. But you can prevent the situation by taking backups of your photos and videos on an external hard drive. Additionally, you can take online backups in the cloud. Extra copies of the special moments keep you stress-free about losing them, although you must be cautious with your devices throughout the trip.

Focus on having fun

Another tried and tested tip to create share-worthy travel memories with photos and videos is to focus on having fun. Although you may follow the best techniques and rules, do not overlook the fun element. Be kind to other photographers, as they probably want the best shots like you. Remember to seek permission from locals and other travelers if you plan to capture them in your frames. Smile and be ready to trust others to use your camera because you cannot rely on selfies every time.

Travel memories are precious, and you must capture every moment in photos and videos. Sharing them on social media is even better. But everything boils down to picking the right moments and capturing them well. Follow these tips to get the best shots and transform them into share-worthy posts. 

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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