We all long for the excitement of travelling the world, exploring new places and soaking up new cultures. Imagine making a living from doing just that while taking incredible imagery to document it forever. A great travel image can capture the tastes, smells and the very essence of a place. It’s the cheapest souvenir around, and when done properly, can keep the memories alive for years to come.
Teach Yourself Travel Photography will show you how to turn your holiday snaps into impressive professional standard photos. Discover top tips for sunsets, portraits, wildlife, landscapes and more. Get advice on how to shoot in extreme weather, on safari, and even underwater. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, we’ll tell you how to get the most out of some of the world’s best locations, including London, New York, Delhi, Madagascar, Peru, Shanghai, Morocco and Kenya. This brand new bookazine truly is your indispensable guide to shooting stunning imagery across the globe.
Why not urban-ify your take on the traditional landscape? Focus on the lights and lives of a modern environment. Shooting at night requires you to either boost up the ISO (then deal with any noise-related issues in post-processing) or to shoot longer exposures. If you’re going with the latter, you are going to need a tripod or similar support to help. Personally, I use a lightweight carbon-fibre travel tripod or a Gorillapod for my after-dark shots, but I have seen people improvise, resting cameras on walls and using bean bags to angle the lens. Try to expose for the highlights as you would in any other shot. You might even want to bracket your shots to capture as much detail lurking in the shadows as possible.
Going on your first travel photography trip can be an intimidating prospect. Photographer Tom Franklin de Waart offers some words of advice.
Before you even set off on your journey, make sure you go through a list of key things. This is incredibly important and will ensure you come back with the shots you want. There are a few things to think about, such as the season, time of day, light, direction, people, safety and more.
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Top Travel Photography Tips
by Tom Franklin de Waart
How to make the most of your next trip and return home with a portfolio of memorable images.
Text & Photography by Ken Kaminesky
One of the challenge of making portfolio-worthy photographs when traveling in new places is fnding a balance between focusing on image making and simply being present and absorbing the experience …
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It’s time to sharpen up your pix. Modern DSLRs generally rely on what’s called phase difference autofocusing: basically, a rangefinder scheme updated with new technology. But as I described in the May 2018 issue of Shutterbug, this technology uses a second optical path within the camera, independent of the lens-to-sensor path used to make the photo.
Well, when there are two of anything, they’ll never be identical—excepting protons, electrons, and other elementary particles! Given manufacturing tolerances and the routine punishment you visit on your camera, it’s possible that these two paths are slightly different. Sure, your autofocus oughta focus. But it could be off.
Manufacturers are aware of this problem and often give you a way to “tune” or “microadjust” the autofocus. The adjustment is generally buried among endless camera menus, but a quick web search will tell you if your equipment has this capability.
Click on the image to view a full resolution version of the autofocus test target. Then right click to download it.
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How to Check & Correct Your Autofocus: Tips for Fine-Tuning AF to Get Sharper Images
by Seth Shostak