Photo: Local bus in retro style photographed in El Salvador while on transportation by car.
Photo: The Svartifoss Waterfall in Iceland with motion blur of the water.
Photography To get those beautiful shots of waterfalls without freezing the water especially during daylight you have to use grey filters. These filters make it possible to use longer shutterspeeds for reaching the motion blur of the water. There is a lot of different apps out there helping you getting correct settings for shutter speeds and exposures.
I mainly use the following app:
Photo: Closeup of the Public Market Center sign in Seattle at blue hour..
Photography To get the best out of your presentation the travel photos must include a wide variety to create attention. I think it's important to present the photos in a nice mix of different angles and objectives, it gets quite boring browsing through photos only composed of side on shots of for examples buildings.
Even though many cities offer a great number of interesting buildings that you want to display, it may not be neccessary to display them in all in it's full context and in the same way.
A closeup of an element of the building may be the variety and mix you need. Most of the time it even makes the photo far more interesting than a side on shot. Another advantages of shooting closeup are that you can get rid of disturbing elements in the photo and be more creative.
Photo: Universal Time Coordinated almost corresponds to the GMT if you have problems finding it as time zone in your camera settings.
Photo: Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro facing the sun during the early morning hours.
The best of light
Planning A great way to know how the sunlight will be at different locations is to use the Photographer's Ephemeris tool. Here you will find out how the light will be at a landmark at any specfic time and date.
Take this into consideration while planning the day so you won't end up disappointed with bad light conditions when arriving at your photo spot. In the same time it saves time which you can spend shooting somewhere else.
Get the app here:
Photo: The rape seed blossoming in the county of Skåne, south of Sweden, only last for some few weeks in May.
Photo: Empire State Building and Manhattan as seen from Rockafeller Center, New York.
Tallest not always the best
Photography In a tourist perspective getting up in those high buildings of the world is a must do but in the perspective of a travel photographer it's the other way around. Try to find another high building where you are able to shoot that high building from a similar level and create a great composition of the skyline. I guess you will save a lot of time and queing, while not getting up in those worst tourist attractions. A great example is of course Empire State Building which can be nicely framed from Rockefeller Center.
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Photo: Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires as seen from a hotel rooftop bar.
Photography The best view of a city is probably from above and rooftop views are well worth some research. There seems to be a growing trend of rooftop bars in the world and they can of course offer excellent views. It may be some problem arranging a tripod and start shooting long exposure shots in a crowded bar, if allowed at all. In special circumstances rooftop areas are only allowed for those staying at the hotel, the photo above cost me an additional night stay just to be able to shoot this specific view in Buenos Aires. As mentioned, it could be well worth giving your hotel stays a bit of research too.
Photo: Pomegranates at Carmel Market in Tel Aviv during day time.
Planning The time spent at the destination is often limited and it's hard to be able to both see and photograph everything especially if you want high quality shots. Priority is of great importance and a good tip is to wake up early and go to the main tourist attractions before everyone has awaken, it's worth everything when you get those clean shots of the landmarks without interfering people in the image and the light is at its best as well. When the sun is standing high why not take the opportunity to shoot inside the local market and such places where you want the flow and action of people and goods.
Food & Drinks
Photography Eating local dishes and drinking beer and wine from the region when travelling is in my opinion just as important as sightseeing. In many cases the dishes are great looking objects and well worth to be framed. Shooting food is quite hard and totally different compared to other travel photography genres. The poor light in restaurant especially during dinner add some more difficulties to this kind of photography.
Anyhow the angle is very important but I find it hard from time to time to get that depth in the photos with a nice appropriate background. If that's the case it may be a good idea to shoot a modern looking still life shot from above to get rid of disturbing object in the background.
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