THE 10 MOST TYPICAL ERRORS IN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (AVOID THE SECOND ERROR AT ALL COST)

You return with great enthusiasm from your last trip, wishing to share with your family and friends everything you have seen, it has impressed you and you have captured in that little piece of plastic called a memory card. You show them these images and you realize that they are getting bored so much that after twenty photos they no longer try or hide. You try to share them on social networks and you spend hours stuck to the screen waiting for many likes, but you take a click. What happen? If the place was wonderful, you wonder ... Has it ever happened to you? If it is not, it is that you are an expert travel photographer and you do not need this post, or you know that you have such a wonderful family and some great friends who arm themselves with patience and give you the side of taste. In that case this post is also for you, they deserve a reward, Don't you think And we all, and I say ALL, have ever made the same mistakes when photographing our trips. And, as we know, you learn from mistakes, and much. Do you want to know what those mistakes are and avoid your next trip? Then I invite you to continue reading.

1. CARRY EXCESSIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC LUGGAGE.

Although in many articles we talk about how to complete the equipment, a variety of objectives, accessories and others, in travel it is very important to go light luggage. The quality of the images is important, but the essence of the place where you travel is much more. If you have to drag a suitcase only for the photographic equipment, you will be more concerned with changing objectives and readjusting parameters than capturing the magic of the place. Better get a standard lens, with which you feel comfortable and another of your favorites, depending on the type of photography you like to take or what you can find in the country (or city) where you travel. With a basic equipment you can move better and go more unnoticed.
You do not need to carry all your equipment, no matter how proud you feel about it

2. CAPTURE POSTCARDS INSTEAD OF MOMENTS.

This is one of the most typical. We become obsessed with photographing that monument or that landscape that appears in all the magazines, or that so many times we have seen on TV or on the Internet, but beware, surely a super professional photographer (or hundreds) has passed by and we are not going to contribute nothing new. Instead of getting a lot of typical postcards, buy them and you dedicate yourself to capture the life of that place and the soul of its people. And if you want an image of the typical monument, try looking for another angle or perspective.

3. DO NOT PLAN THE TRIP.

And I do not mean flight schedules, accommodation, etc ... I talk about planning the places of interest you want to visit, what they offer, what you would like to photograph, how others have photographed before you, what are the best times of day to do it (by light, by agglomeration, by opening hours ...). Investigate whether or not you can take pictures indoors, if you can use flash ... All those details are at your fingertips with that powerful tool called Internet, are you going to miss it?

4. STAY IN THE TOURIST "EPICENTER."

If you stay in the whole tourist bud, you miss the essence of the place, the facades will be full of commercial brands or restaurants of clowns or kings of the hamburger, there will be an agglomeration of tourists and the only locals you will find will be those who dedicate themselves to Take care of the traveler. Stroll until you get lost (this is a saying, don't forget the map! ). Look for the most charming corners, the people who live there, the typical shops, in short, and as we have said, the essence.
Local market, by CIFOR

5. FORGET THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT.

Each place can have its magical moment according to the incidence of light, but there are some "rules" that serve everyone. The best hours of light for photography are at sunrise and sunset, this is a golden rule that we should not forget. Look at the following images, you will find many photos like the first one, however, not as many as the other two. Don't you think the sunset images with that golden light falling on the majestic building seem more attractive?
Taj Mahal photographed by tpvarshitha
The same perspective of Taj Mahal but at sunset, by DJ SINGH
Another perspective with sunset light, by Diaromend
Another issue to consider with regard to light, is that if we want to take a night photograph of an interesting place and we don't want the sky to be completely dark, we have an hour since the sun sets to capture an attractive sky. Hence the importance of planning and knowing the sun's schedules .
Amsterdam, by Jim Nix

6. FORGET THE RULES OF COMPOSITION.

Here I remind you, so that you have them very present and do not make basic mistakes, some basic rules of composition. Keep horizons and lines always straight, unless you do so intentionally and in a controlled manner.
A correct composition, by Nattu

7. DO NOT TAKE NOTES.

If you are going to photograph many places, unless you have a privileged mind, it is very easy to forget the names or some details that no matter how well you remember them, surely in a few days they will evaporate from your memory, and when Someone tells you ... "How beautiful! Is this where it is?" You may have no idea what to answer and just rename it to get out of the way ... (ahem, ahem).
Oleh Slobodeniuk's notebook

8. DO NOT INTERACT WITH THE LOCALS.

Maybe shyness can, but if you interact with them you can get more information about the place, and if you want to portray them, they will lend themselves more easily and you can avoid the odd problem. Not everyone likes to have their pictures taken or they may even be offended by culture. You know ... smile and make friends! Not only photography is the purpose of a trip. (It will help you learn some phrases in their language, if it is different from yours). One tip, the portraits in which only one face comes out can be very attractive, but if you take some more photos of the environment, it will provide more information to the image and tell more about where you have been.
Dietmar Temps's picture

9. THE EXTREMES.

And to the extremes I mean both to shoot a lot and to shoot a little. So bad is one thing like the other. Why? If we always say, shoot a lot!, Which is the advantage of digital photography ... But when you travel, if you do not take your eyes off the viewfinder, you can miss many things, details, expressions, attitudes, and also you may even scare The locals. Walk, observe and have the camera on hand to shoot, but as I said, do not go over and cut yourself taking pictures, you will have time to erase!

10. DO NOT MAKE A GOOD SELECTION.

If you show them the thousands of photos you have taken of your people, they may even stop talking to you ...; D (well, maybe I exaggerated a bit). But surely you will not appreciate so much the fantastic images that you have achieved in your wonderful trip. Make a good selection, stay with the ones that have the most impact, talk about the place and tell a story. Keep the others on your hard drive if you feel sorry to erase them, but do not bore them with dozens of repeated photos without interest. If you are thinking of going on a trip, go looking for the notebook to plan and take notes on the spot, and remember that from mistakes you learn and that the way to improve and learn more is to practice. Happy journey! If you have found this humble knowledge interesting, share it with your friends. That way they won't bore you when they show you the pictures of their getaways ... The online JavaScript compressor will help you optimize your scripts for a better page loading speed.

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