This week we’ll be looking at one of our other products, LandscapePro 2.
Travel Photography sounds wonderful but there’s a fair bit to it, here are a few tips, equipment list suggestion and how to make money for Travel Photography.
Research – Look up where you are going, what is around and put together a list of places that you want to photograph. Be selective so you can spend a fair amount of time in each location to get the best shots possible.
Know your gear – Whether you are buying new gear or not, a little before you go, it is a good idea to have a play around a week or two before you go away. Just to refresh your memory.
Get up early/stay up late – In order to catch the best shots, sunrise and sunset usually are the best time to photograph, so take this into consideration when planning your shots.
Picking the right accommodation – Choosing the right location for accommodation is really important. Be close to where you want to shot.
Get inspired – Look at other photographers photographs of where you are going, to help you decide what locations you want to go to and to be inspired. Ask them where the photo was taken if it isn’t written anywhere.
Experience their culture – Whilst travelling try to immerse in their culture as much as possible – food, music and local markets, etc.
Travel light – Try to travel as light as possible, don’t load yourself down by trying to take every camera and lens you own with you, just take a main lens and one to zoom, especially if you are going trekking or hiking. You don’t want to be too loaded down.
Be selective of where you are visiting – Don’t try and squeeze absolutely every location there is to visit, pick your favorite and spend more time there taking pictures, rather than rushing around trying to capture everything.
Don’t always be behind your lens – Experience where you are rather than constantly being behind your camera.
High angle shot – Try to find somewhere to take a good birds eye shot.
Your camera doesn’t have to break the bank – Don’t feel the need to go out and buy a brand new top end camera for your trip, you can get great shots on the camera you already have.
- Camera body
- Backpack – One opens from the back, makes it safer and a lot of secure. Have it organised, using pouches is a good idea making being able to find things quickly.
- Spare batteries – It’s a good idea to have at least one spare batteries in your backpack.
- Lenses – only need one of two lenses.
- Small Camera/Action Camera – Having an action camera/small camera to take quick photos. Action cameras can have window mounts and you can film travelling on train or car.
- Back Up/Laptop – Backing up your images is super important, save at least one place if not two.
- Portable Charger – To Keep your phone charged, they also work on charging some cameras as well, so check to see if it will work on yours.
- Shoulder Strap/Camera Clip – Keeping your camera ready to go at all times.
- Camera Filters – Just like with lenses only take one or two.
- Lenses cleaner
- Mini Torch
- Camera Remote
Settings for Camera When Moving
When travelling in a moving car/helicopter a good camera settings are:
Shutter Speed – 1/1000 + (higher for helicopter)
Aperture – wide depth of field f/8-11
ISO Auto mode
For in a car have the window open.
Making Money as a Travel Photographer
Making money as a travel photographer can be a slow starter, as you already need to have a portfolio. Speculative or commission based are your two options.
Speculative is where you go to a location first then afterwards try to sell your images, either as stock images, prints or to advertising. This will mean you aren’t guaranteed to make back any money from your trips, so only plan to go to places you would go anyway.
Commission based is going somewhere you already know you will be paid some money for whether you were commissioned by an advertising firm or if you had contacted the tourism board/ local hotels and have an agreement, this will most likely not be the entire cost of your trip but could be a fee or free accommodation in exchange for your images to be used for their advertising.
To be able to make it as a Travel Photographer you need a website and an Instagram account. Instagram account is becoming more and more the source that agencies and clients will go to first before your website, so both need to be uniform and relate to each other. This is your brand and you want one clear image of who you are to come across.
Don’t forget to edit your photos, to make your image look their very best. LandscapePro is great for editing your travel photos quickly, click here to download a free trial.
So you have taken your photos and are now back home looking through them. They are good but not exactly how you pictured them, slightly dull in color. This simple tutorial takes your photographs to that next stage in minutes using LandscapePro.
After loading your image into LandscapePro, label everything in the picture and click continue.
LandscapePro does a pretty good job and selecting the area for you but you will need to adjust the selection a little, simply click on a label and drag covering everything that is said object. Do this for each label.
Once you have finished click on ‘Continue’.
Now if you have a horizon in your picture you can match this up to it, then click ‘Continue’.
There are now a row of tabs, the first is Global Presets tab, there are many choices, I chose ‘Improver’ for my photo.
Next I work way down one at a time, some I turned off as they didn’t need changing as I had already applied a preset to the whole image.
Work your way through each section, one at a time. There are preset options or if you prefer you can click the sliders option and adjust everything yourself, or pick a preset and edit it if its not quite right for your photo.
The photograph still looks recognizable, but vastly improved with the few changes made, that took a matter of minutes.
The temperature is dropping and the nights are getting darker, so why not spend some warm, cozy winter evenings with your photo editing software?
With a range of photo editing tools, you can now use Anthropics software to retouch any type of photograph.
If you prefer any type of landscape or street photography, then LandscapePro will help you enhance skies, buildings, fields and water.
Winter is great for capturing landscapes in different conditions; snowy landscapes, and misty mornings on the mountain-tops. They all make great images, but they do require you to leave the warmth and comfort of your sofa.
Getting up early and capturing some misty mornings or snow in the distance can be really rewarding; but if you just can’t beat the chill and need an evening curled up by the fire, then what better excuse than the photo retouching you need to do?
Anthropics software makes everything so much easier, so you’ll have more time to just relax with your loved ones. If you want to go beyond just enhancing your images and get really creative, you can add effects with Smart Photo Editor.
Try out all the Anthropics software today and see what photo enhancements you can make.
When you’re making a living as a professional photographer, there might be many ways in which you can use your photography to make an income.
We’ve talked previously about selling your photography to micro stock sites, keeping a travel blog, and selling your street photography, but it’s also important to maintain your own website. Whether you sell through another site or not, it’s good to be found on your own page, and to have a direct way of contacting you and verifying who you are and what you do.
Your own website might be one of the main ways that your clients of any type will find you. Perhaps you’re not a studio photographer in the traditional sense; perhaps you work entirely on location projects like weddings, or even travel photography. If your clients are international, it will certainly be the best way to find you.
If you’re shooting landscape photography, travel photography, or street photography, one of the ways you might want to make money out of this is by selling your images online. Photo editing software can greatly improve your images. It’s not always the case that you’re going to find the lighting and the landscape exactly how you want it, or that it will turn out in exactly the way you saw it.
There are several micro stock photo websites out there that you can use to sell your images, but the downside to this is that you lose a percentage of the sales to the website you use.
It may work out better for you to sell your own images through your own website. There are a number of ways to do this. If you use a WordPress blog, there are plugins for the website that you can add to help you sell your images.
Another way to sell your own images is that you can set up a website that is already integrated to allow customers to order your photo print products from a print service. There are a number of sites that will host your images and they each integrate with a different range of print labs. So it’s up to you to decide who works for you best, depending on the location of your customers, and your print lab preferences.
Whichever way you do it, you need to consider the costs involved. There’s the cost of setting up a WordPress page, and deciding whether you want your own domain name, and if you do, who is going to host it for you, and there’s a cost involved for that too. If you want something more bespoke, then you need to pay someone to do it for you, and you need a way of being able to update it yourself.
If you’re keeping a lot of images on your site for customers to browse, then it’s going to need a lot of storage space to hold them all. Don’t forget to watermark your images if that’s your preference for dealing with image theft.
You can use your favorite photo editing software to enhance your images. Anthropics’ photo editing software PortraitPro, Smart Photo Editor and our recently launched, LandscapePro can all help you enhance your images in a professional way.
Download the free trials of each today.