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TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I STARTED TAKING PHOTOS

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When I was younger, I used to pick up a pencil and start drawing pictures for no reason. But then I guess life must have gotten in the way. Because I lost that childlike wonder and creativity. Or I’m just awful at drawing! If I’m honest, it was probably just a combination of the two…

I could bore you with all the details (as I have done in another post!) but I’ll just say that I started taking photos as a little distraction from my ‘real’ life as I wanted a creative outlet and travel photography seemed like the perfect solution…

Taking photos became a little project; take a colourful, pretty photo every day in between working and studying as a creative outlet and stress-free spot in my life. Although I started off by taking photos with my phone, a sort of long series of events eventually led to me buying my first ever camera (a Sony A6000) in August 2015!

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So now fast forward a couple of months… and here we are today! So after just under a year since I took my first ‘travel’ photo, here are the top ten things I’ve learned in my first year of taking photos:

10 Things that Travel Photography Taught me:

#1 I still have a lot to learn.

Even on my best days, I’m an amateur at best. I still struggle to remember what the different between the ‘S’ and ‘A’ settings are on the camera.

#2 Taking photos makes you want to travel more.

Looking back at cool photos of the places you’ve been to only serves to increase your wanderlust tenfold.

#3 Taking photos is time-consuming!

It sounds obvious, but I always try and set aside a couple of hours a week to practice (especially the boring shots I’ve tried to take a million times before and are always a little off).

#4 I cringe at my old photos.

Every. Single. Time.

#5 I still need to edit 99.9% of my photos.

#6 It’s the moment vs. the best piece of equipment.

It’s a cliché but ‘the best equipment you have is the one you have at the time’. Some of my proudest photos were taken on my phone.

#7 To be patient.

We live in an attention deficient society. People always want things. And they want them, like, yesterday. The best shots are when you wait for a bicycle to come into the frame or an extra boat for your light trail.

#8 To be more creative.

#9 Taking photos makes me happy.

#10 Practice makes perfect.

#11 Oops, Bonus.

(Or is it just that my maths is rusty?) There are no hard and fast rules. Do whatever you like.

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 10 things travel photography taught me

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie.com when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

1 Comment

  • theStyleJungle
    23rd January 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Taking photos while traveling (or even while not:) ) is so exiting! Though, in our family my husband is normally responsible for this part, but I also love to use our cameras from times to times. Your shots look beautiful and definitely not boring:) Way to go!

    Ksenia,
    thestylejungle.ru

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