Taking Travel Photography to the next Level
Are you looking to get the most out of your travel photography?
Travellers and professionals alike love to take pictures.
There is something fascinating about capturing the imagination of another person with images you have created while travelling. Photography itself is so moving because it captures time, even if only for a second – all while the world around us continues to move at a breathless pace.
I’ve always had the mindset that travel photography isn’t just for today. It’s something to look back upon in one, two, or ten years from now when the memories have faded and the moment has long gone.
Capturing every moment is impossible. However, through travelling and photography, you can sure try.
Did I also mention it’s also incredibly fun to try?
“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes” – Unknown
The Challenges of Travel Photography
Taking photographs while you travel can prove to be enormously exciting and satisfying.
It can also be quite challenging when you don’t know what it is you’re exactly supposed to be doing!
When moving around from city to city, taking photos daily to document the trip can sometimes become a bit of a chore. Always pulling the camera and replacing it back in your pack can frustrating. Unfortunately, things like lighting and weather can also get in the way too.
Professional photographers have to deal with these challenges as part of their everyday work. Most travellers prefer the comfortable life and don’t like challenges.
Time on the road can be limited for some, a few days, or a few weeks at most. Getting everything possible out of this period can be paramount.
I’ve tried my best to deal with what I’ve had for the past few years. I take as many photos as possible and more. Yet, my style is ten to one – I take ten travel photographs, and one usually turns out reasonably good!
OK maybe a few of them turn out okay.
However, I still feel like I could have done a little better.
Like most things in life you can only get so far by yourself, so I recently I have started reading books on photography and also tips online. Photography guides like Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography are extremely useful, and not surprisingly there’s even travel photography apps out there to help such as Fripito.
Anything that can help simplify the challenges faced while travelling is always worth a try.
Here are some tips I find handy for getting the most out of your travel photography.
Simple Travel Photography Ideas
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Only take what you need: This is a good rule for travelers in general. Understand where you are traveling and know what you are going to need in the way of clothing and other supplies. When you have less stuff holding you down, it’s less stressful, easier to move, travel, and take photographs unrestricted.
Learn about where you’re going: While this won’t cover every imaginable possibility, you would be amazed at what you can accomplish with a little online research. Learn about the top photography spots, but research anything you might enjoy capturing for other reasons. It’s all too easy to miss things then run out of time.
Don’t forget your essentials: Most of us will get caught up in the excitement of the next trip and leave behind something that is needed. Make sure you have the essentials well packed before leaving and include battery chargers for all of your devices, especially your camera. Travel adapters like the Skross are worth their weight in gold.
Get out there early (or late): The adage of the early bird being the one who gets the worm was written for photography. While a lot of people have the same ideas as you, few actually follow it up, and most people will still be in bed when you sneak out of the hotel or hostel at 6am. Early morning and late evenings offer some of the best lighting conditions.
Book accommodation in advance: If you plan to take a lot of photos of famous metropolitan landmarks, then CBDs hotel can get very expensive a destroy a travel budget very quickly. Even so, it’s still possible to find reasonably priced accommodation using favorites Agoda and Airbnb. If nothing else, make sure you understand how to get to where you want to be from your accommodation. There’s nothing worse than spending half the day on public transport with no air-con.
Keep an open mind: Travel photography opportunities can present themselves at any time. Learn to appreciate the small things in everyday life. You will have a much better chance of capturing something unique and out of the blue by putting your camera or smartphone, in a place in which you can get to it quickly.
So with the hope of turning myself around into a half decent photographer, for the past two weeks I have been trying out the Fripito app.
A Look at Fripito
Regardless of the type of camera or smartphone you have, Fripito works..
It’s not simply a photography guide, nor is it exclusively a travel guide. With an emphasis on the travel photography side of things, Fripito is a blend of both of these.
The app is powered through the cooperation of photographers and other professionals throughout the world. These are seasoned pros who create photography guides that users can explore.
Once you have access to the app you can discover information about interesting spots for wherever you are travelling. Important information like light conditions for the area, and even what kind of camera equipment you will need to bring.
Fripito also details you with information on what kind of camera settings to consider.
Taking the camera off point and shoot and playing around with settings something that took me a while to get my head around.
The GPS coordinates are also handy as the app also gives you the ability to download maps and other information for offline use. Considering how expensive data can get when country hopping, this particular feature can prove to be a lifesaver to those operate on the tightest of budgets.
Yet, although Fripito offers a lot to travellers like me, it great that it still doesn’t take the challenge and appeal of travel photography away.
At the end of the day, you still have to have a brilliant eye and great reflexes. By offering information on foods, accommodations, or transportation, the app just simply lets you focus on the more important things – like taking photos.
Travel Photography Guru
If you want to give others the benefit of your perspective and experience, there is the opportunity to do so. The app also invites contributions from the users.
So whether you simply want some inspiration, or looking for someone to put in serious data work for you, Fripito seems well-equipped to handle both of those demands. It offers invaluable resources that take away some of the challenges of those new to looking to improve their travel photography.
What does the app cost?
The pricing shouldn’t make too much of a dent in the wallet with one month’s usage priced at $9.99 USD, or three months for $23.99 USD.