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.