From capturing the moment to having snaps to reminisce over, taking travel photography snapshots is one of the best souvenirs you can create for yourself. Here are some travel photography mistakes you’re probably making (and how to actually fix them!):
#1 Thinking you’re now ‘good enough‘ and no longer need to practice!
When it comes to any artistic endeavour, there are always ways to improve your craft. As a result, you should never stop learning, honing your skills and trying to get better. Constantly look for new angles, new ways to edit and always ask for feedback from friends, family and fellow photographers!
#2 Not taking photos in RAW format (if you’re able to)
If your camera supports taking photos in RAW format (as opposed to JPEG), then make sure you switch this feature on! After all, editing in RAW is so much easier and simpler since the photo simply has more information you can manipulate after the event (as opposed to a JPEG where the camera chooses many of the settings you’d otherwise be able to edit in RAW). Both Lightroom and the free app, Snapseed, support editing photos in RAW.
#3 Not taking enough photos
Even when you think you’ve got the ‘perfect capture’, make sure to keep snapping away, especially experimenting with different angles. Who knows what you might come up with. If there’s one piece of advice I’d give you in terms of equipment, it’s to make sure you have multiple memory cards on you. After all, technology has a way of failing when you least expect it.
That and memory cards seem to fill up a lot quicker than you might have anticipated when you’re snapping away. If possible, have more than one device on which to capture the moment. (I typically carry around a camera and my smartphone. When I was visiting Poland, my camera lens broke and I was thankful to have to phone on me to take some snaps.)
#4 Not being creative enough
There’s a whole world’s worth of photos out there, just waiting to be taken. There’s also an unlimited amount of creativity in the world. In order to build your brand (or even just take more impressive holiday snaps), you need to get creative and snap away as much as possible when you’re behind the camera.
#5 Buying a fancy camera (and then not learning to use it properly)
One of the best pieces of advice a friend ever gave me was “the best camera you have is the one you’ve got at the time”. I’ve seen better photos taken with an iPhone than some taken with thousands of dollars worth of equipment- it’s all about the framing, the moment and the edit.
If you do buy a good camera, then teach yourself how to use it manually, step by step. Luckily, with the invention of the internet, there are plenty of tutorials and videos available online. Wondering what camera to buy? Here’s a guide to buying a camera for travel photography!
# 6 Not taking the time to learn how to edit your photos properly
Of all the travel photography mistakes you’re probably making, this may well be the one that hasn’t even crossed your mind. After all, editing is one of those processes that will likely take place after you’ve left the destination and are back home! However, bear in mind that even the best travel photos need a quick touch up to take them from ‘great’ to ‘awesome.’ Wondering where to start when it comes to editing? Here’s how I easily edit photos with my smartphone!