Monday, August 13, 2012
I don't really consider travel photography my expertise, but I thought I'd offer up a few tips anyways and share some more pics from my trip to Canada and the Pacific Northwest. If you have any tips to add, leave them in the comments!
1. Go Wide
When shooting portraits I almost exclusively use my 35 or 50mm primes but when traveling I want to get a wide angle to capture the whole scene. For my trip to Peru I was lucky enough to be able to rent the awesome Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 to get that super wide angle. But for this trip my widest lens was my Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5 which still gives me a pretty wide angle to capture the whole scene.
2. Get Close
Going wide is important, but so is going in close and capturing the details around you. This picture SO reminds me of how I felt lounging back on this deck with a glass of wine on that warm summer evening.
3. Capture Wildlife
This tip probably doesn't work for every travel destination, but when possible, capturing local wildlife helps set the mood and culture for where you are.
In Canada, there were purple starfish everywhere!
In The Redwoods, there were GIANT banana slugs. Kinda gross, but kinda cool anyway!
4. Shoot your food
This is a big part of capturing the culture of what's around you. Normally I frequently shoot plates of food I order from restaurants, especially if it's something I can't get at home. In canada though we were staying at a house with an awesome kitchen so we did a lot of cooking. So instead of restaurant food, I captured some of the local produce from the farmer's market.
5. Don't forget to get IN your travel pictures! (bonus points for capturing the fun you're having!)
After Canada we drove back to LA, crossing through Seattle, Portland, and the Redwoods. In Seattle I did one of my favorite travel photos--JUMPING in front of a landmark! I did this in Peru, (which you can see at the bottom of THIS post.) It captures the city as well as all the fun you're having! My boyfriend captured this pic of me--after dating me for a while, he's become quite the expert at jump pictures!