Travel Photography Blue Mountains Richard Bulley Photography Travel Photography Blue Mountains

When running courses I ask students what photography they are into and what are they hoping to gain from doing a course with us. More often than not they are about to take a holiday and want to capture some memorable moments. Nikon Australia also asked me to put an article together for them on travel photography for their magazine so I decided to put it into a blog on Travel Photography Tips. Here are 8 tips to help you achieve truly memorable shots when travelling locally or abroad.

  1. RE – CHARGE: Don’t forget to charge your camera every night after use. It sounds basic but its a common mistake most people only run into once. It doesn’t hurt either to have a spare battery on hand, to avoid missing that spectacular moment!
  2. BACK UP: There is nothing more disappointing than losing great images due to card or hard drive error. Always transfer your images to a laptop or smart device. Alternatively, you could take advantage of an instant photo sharing function (like the one many of Nikon’s cameras offer) so you can wirelessly transfer images to an app on your smart device to backup and share with your network.
  3. PROTECT: Weatherproof your camera with a purpose built cover or bag. Plastic shower caps from hotel rooms are great to get you out of a pinch. Alternatively, if you are to be travelling in drizzly terrain, opt for using an all weather point and shoot that is waterproof and/or shockproof or freezeproof.
  4. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FLASH: If you’re a DSLR shooter, when taking a shot in low light, before opting for the flash try increasing the ISO. Or for point and shoot cameras, play with the scene modes so the camera selects the best settings for the type of photo you want to take. If it’s an overcast day, try to go without using your flash, and rather, just work with your settings and the natural light for a far better picture.
  5. PICTURE PERFECT SETTING: When shooting landscapes try creating some depth to the image by including a foreground subject such as rocks on the shoreline or a cool sculpture.
  6. VERSATILE LENSES: Photography is all about capturing light, and it is the lens that is the gateway to achieving photographic perfection. If you prefer to carry only one lens, make sure it is versatile for wide or long shots. For beginner DSLR shooters the 18-200mm and the 18-300mm lenses are great. Alternatively, if you prefer a compact camera, seek one like the Nikon Coolpix P520 that offers a large 42 x zoom.
  7. PACK LIGHT: Pre plan your trip. If you are going to be out and about all day, consider the weight of your gear – a compact camera with interchangeable lenses offers light weight portability with the image quality of an advanced camera.
  8. STORY TELLING: Great travel photography has a storytelling element to it. When choosing a popular landmark, find ways to capture it in a unique way that isn’t like everyone else’s. Look at the details and the different angles. By just walking around and looking for that ‘wow’ factor in your subject, it will open up your eye photographically.

Travel Photography Blue Mountains Richard Bulley Photography Travel Photography Blue Mountains

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In our Blue Mountains Photography Courses and our Night Photography Courses Sydney we give you hands on experience and the concepts to learn how to use your camera more effectively and get the most out of your camera. We teach you how to read the light and adjust these settings accordingly to give you a correct exposure and creatively capture your scene based on the light in your scene. I do give you some base settings initially and by the end of the course you will have an understanding of how to apply the concepts and have the tools to troubleshoot the lighting issues you face and then become more creative with your shots. You will understand why an image turns out the way it does instead of ‘stumbling’ across the correct settings for what you are trying to achieve.

It then comes down to like anything in life ‘practice’.

‘Theory without practice is time wasted’

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Richard also a runs Intro and Intermediate courses for Nikon Australia

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