Tips for your travel photographs – Pittaluga Photography

When we are preparing a travel, besides the usual preparations, places, flights, hotels, suitcases, etc., we must plan our photographic story!

For this planning we advise you to do the following:

  • Make a list of the places to visit.
  • Check the visiting hours. This way we can decide when to go to each place, acording to the hours we have the best light for the photographs. At dawn and sunset we have magical lights to make our photographs, we will have some spectacular images. We must not forget about the nocturnal photographs, taking advantage of the illumination of the city and monuments, we will be amazed with the result.
  • Decide what equipment to take. If we want high quality photographs our best option is a SLR camera and several lens suitable for each situation (angular, telephoto, fisheye, etc.). But if you rather go more comfortably with a smaller team it will be enough you can choose between this two options:
    • SLR camera with a multi-purpose lens, for example a 24-105 mm focal length. We should not choose lenses with a focal length that includes angular and telephoto focal lengths, like the 18-200 mm or 18-300mm, because combining concave lenses and convex lenses in a same lense, gives a result with lower quality.
    • Compact camera with high performance and a sensor size close to a Reflex Aps.
      A small flash of support and a small tripod. A trick, we can replace our tripod with a rope. Just tie it to the quick-release plate, it must be long enough to be able to step on it. We place the quick-release plate in the camera, step on the rope and stretch it upwards. If we rely on a wall, tree, street lamp, etc., we will have enough stability to make exposures of several seconds and do not make trepidated photos.
  • Search online for conditions to take photos in destinations. In some places it is not allowed the flash or the tripod, even it can be forbiden to take pictures.
  • Research historical information of the places we visit to make a narration with our photographs. This way we can tell a story of what we are visiting. That will make the difference of taking a series of loose and disconnected photographs that will bore us when we see or show them to our family or friends.
  • Taking with us enough memory cards.
  • If our camera has this option, shoot in RAW format. All SLRs have it, and most of the high-end compact ones too. This will require the processing later of RAW files to obtain the JPEGs. If we do not want to do the RAW processing, shoot only in JPEG format, using in this case the highest quality option. Each photo occupies more space on the card and a smaller number of photographs will fit, but the quality of the images is much higher and it is worth bringing more cards so we will not run out of space for all our photographs.
  • If you go by public transport (plane, train, etc.), always take it with you to avoid hits or losses. Carry it in a bag as discreet as possible, this way will not attract attention and avoid being theft.
    Once at the destination do not miss any chance, have your camera always ready.
  • Photography, besides typical places and monuments, people and their customs, take photographs of details. When photographing people, it is better to first take the photo and then show it to them, and if they do not want it then delete it. But if the pictures is good to them, most of the time it will be like this, you will obtain a more natural photograph than if they pose for your photo. When photographing your partner, children or yourself, in a monument or landscape, there is two ways to do it:
    1 – Photograph people in foreground (half body) in a way they don’t block the background entarely. The important thing here is to give the spotlight to people and leave the landscape in the background, it can be seen but does not stand out that much.
    2 – When photographing monuments or landscapes, the people must stay on one side, so it will be the monument or landscape the one what stands out. People will be part of the whole, but without their presence distracting us from the rest of the subjects of the image. They will also serve as a reminder that we were there.
    Finally, upon returning from the travel, it is important to make a good selection of the most important and meaningful photographs that will serve to tell the trip.
    To see them with family and / or friends it is highly recommended to make a presentation / video with the selected ones; adding music will be a much more enjoyable visualization.
    The presentation should not be longer than 5 or 6 minutes, and each photo about 3 seconds.

We hope that all this information has served you well. We are at your disposal in our Pittaluga Photography studio in Alicante.