Travel photography advice

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TIps on taking interesting travel photos, with many examples, in a humorous presentation.

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Travel photography advice

  1. 1. Travel Photography Tips Dave Shafer
  2. 2. Travel photos canbe taken almostanywhere.
  3. 3. As you travel more, you lose some of your original naivete
  4. 4. With time the traveler will losean awe of famous foreign places“Not so loud, sweetie.We’re in Europe.”
  5. 5. You may travel by bike
  6. 6. Or by off-road vehicles
  7. 7. By plane
  8. 8. Or your favorite 3-wheeler
  9. 9. You might take a cruise
  10. 10. You may witness camel pick-up attempts in Arabia
  11. 11. Or learn how to go swimming in Australia
  12. 12. If your idea of fun isjust hanging out athome you are missingsome of life’s greatexperiences.
  13. 13. Got milk? If you travel far fromhome, be sure to bringsome key supplies, likeextra camera batteries.
  14. 14. Wherever you go and whatever you do it is goodto think first about how to get the best travel photos.
  15. 15. There are several aspects of your travelphotos that should be considered.• Perspective• Context• Street life• People• Water reflections• Unusual or quirky sights• Time of day and night photos
  16. 16. PerspectiveIn travel photography, as well as close up, the taking angle can add interest to a shot
  17. 17. An unusual perspective can enhance the interest of ascene. A view from above is often effective.
  18. 18. You canclimb up tohigh levels ina church fora good view. This isNordlingen,Germany.
  19. 19. Roof tops in slanting sunlight can be interesting.
  20. 20. Heidelberg bridgetaken from oppositehilltop. Note the diagonalcomposition, whichis always a goodidea. You need to makesome effort for thebest photos. Thisone required a steepclimb up a hill to geta good view.
  21. 21. A ground level photo of a building like this one …….
  22. 22. … is not as interesting as a picture from a different elevation, Schwangau, Germany.
  23. 23. Landscape detail almost requires a shot from above inmany situations. Edinburgh, Scotland
  24. 24. Edinburgh, Scotland – elevated view of park
  25. 25. Prague garden –it would have beenbetter if I couldhave gotten up alittle higher forthis shot.
  26. 26. Lucerne, (Luzern inGerman) Switzerland,taken from oppositehigh-up hotel room.
  27. 27. Elevated perspective adds a lot of interest. Czech Republic
  28. 28. Elevated perspective adds interest. Czech Republic
  29. 29. Elevated perspective can show patterns that can’t beeasily fit into a ground level photo. Czech Republic
  30. 30. Elevated view of town square, Meersberg, Germany
  31. 31. Ground level view of Linderhof castle, Germany
  32. 32. Elevated view of Linderhof castle, Germany
  33. 33. Edinburgh, Scotland - National Art Gallery, looking down
  34. 34. Perspective leads you into the picture - Mainau, Germany
  35. 35. More perspective –night café scene, winterin Paris.
  36. 36. Unusualperspectiveadds interest.New York City
  37. 37. Context – shows the larger setting of a scene. Take pairs of photos to show context. Bridge closeupmakes a nice pair with more distant shot.
  38. 38. Terrifying (was to me)bridge at NeuschwanstienCastle, Germany
  39. 39. Photo pairs give close updetail plus larger context.Lucerne, Switzerland.Note sheer drop off fromchurch.
  40. 40. Photo on right shows hotel better but photo on left shows context - thevery steep and long tram track shows how high up the hotel is. Use bothpictures to make a pair, for a slide show. Lucerne, Switzerland
  41. 41. More context - in a slide show, like this one, it is a goodidea to include some maps to show how you went from A toB to C and where they are relative to each other.
  42. 42. I went from Prague to Karlovy Vary to Cesky Krumlov to Telc andthen back to Prague
  43. 43. Street life - serendipitous random sights while walking in a city.Prague, Czech Republic. This is car is easy to find in a parking lot.
  44. 44. Beer delivery truck, Prague
  45. 45. Weird street lifephoto from theinternet, unknownlocation.
  46. 46. Street life photofrom the internet,unknown location.
  47. 47. Odd but charming street scene, Nuremberg, Germany
  48. 48. Puzzling holiday ritual – Nuremburg, Germany
  49. 49. Street life scenes include what you see while driving.
  50. 50. Music critic,NurembergGermany
  51. 51. In some countries, like Germany, people do not want their picturetaken by strangers. But there are always performers, where it is OK.Top of Mt. Pilatus, Switzerland.
  52. 52. Prague, Czech Republic.
  53. 53. A scene with people in it is more interesting, even if theyare not the main subject. Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
  54. 54. People in foregroundcan lead you into apicture – CzechRepublic.
  55. 55. People in foreground can lead you into a picture – Zurich, Switzerland.
  56. 56. Flower bridge - Lucerne, Switzerland. Boy in front pulls us in.
  57. 57. People in background add life to an otherwise static picture
  58. 58. People show the scaleof a statue. Seoul, Korea
  59. 59. People show the scale of Linderhof castle grounds, Germany
  60. 60. A picture fromthe internet.Without theperson in it, thisphoto wouldgive no idea ofthe size of thepyramid.
  61. 61. A photo from the internet. People in a picture can addhumor, like this couple studying the art in the Louvre.
  62. 62. Or this view ofthe Eiffel Towerin Paris.
  63. 63. Taliban warriorsgoofing off.
  64. 64. Candid peoplephotos can makefor memorablephotos. This hasto be one of the100 best photosof all time.
  65. 65. Water reflections can add interest to a scene. Telc,Czech Republic.
  66. 66. Amsterdam canal
  67. 67. The diagonal line adds interest, Fairfield beach, Connecticut.
  68. 68. Fairfield beach, Connecticut
  69. 69. “Ghost Armada” – water reflection photo
  70. 70. Foreignobjects,like thisGermanmailbox,showunusualdesignand colorideas.
  71. 71. Another German mailbox.
  72. 72. Czechfirehydrant
  73. 73. Playhouse, Dinklesbuhl, Germany
  74. 74. Gazebo - Bayreuth, Germany
  75. 75. Playhouse - Telc, Czech Republic
  76. 76. Czech doorway
  77. 77. Prague window,Czech Republic
  78. 78. Unusual colorcombinations on icecream sign. Telc, CzechRepublic
  79. 79. “Mr. and Mrs.” - German houses
  80. 80. Roof top closeup - Germany
  81. 81. Rooftop closeup – Munich, Germany
  82. 82. Artistic design, Amsterdam
  83. 83. Artistic design, Amsterdam
  84. 84. Door handle, withreflection in glass,Brussels, Belgium
  85. 85. English as asecondlanguage
  86. 86. Czech bus schedule
  87. 87. Time of day photos/ night photos As the lighting or temperature of a scenechanges, during the day, the interest in the scenemay change dramatically. Very early morninglighting or early mists or fog are gone by mid-morning. Night photos are a whole separate genreof images – often much more charming than thesame scene in daylight.
  88. 88. 6:00 A.M. early morning mists on lake at Lakeville, Connecticut
  89. 89. 6:00 A.M. early morningmists and fog, Lakeville,Connecticut.
  90. 90. Night photos are aspecial category.Lighting at night canadd a lot of interestto a scene. Munich, Germanynear dusk.
  91. 91. Prague in day,same scene at night
  92. 92. Prague, early evening
  93. 93. Prague, Charles Bridge, early evening
  94. 94. Charles Bridge, Prague, is usually thronged with tourists. Here it isabout 6:00 AM, when the only people you see are other photographers.
  95. 95. Prague scene with waterreflections, early evening
  96. 96. Lucerne, Switzerland Mid-day photo
  97. 97. Lucerne, early evening photo
  98. 98. Lucerne, late evening photo
  99. 99. Lucerne, middle of night photo Moon above is paired with window light
  100. 100. Lucerne night scene, with water reflections
  101. 101. Opposite hotel window at night, Munich
  102. 102. Munich, Germany – wet pavement reflections
  103. 103. Basel, Switzerland - Christmas scene
  104. 104. Basel, Switzerland –Christmas scene
  105. 105. Paris, Christmas scene
  106. 106. Paris – Christmas scenewith Eiffel Tower
  107. 107. Notre Dame at night,Christmas in Paris
  108. 108. Paris at night, Christmas season
  109. 109. Heidelberg, Germany – castle at night
  110. 110. Heidelberg, Germany at night
  111. 111. Frankfurt, Germany – trees in photo frame the castle
  112. 112. Frankfurt, Germany – dramatic trees at night
  113. 113. Cologne Hotel, since year 1234 – evening photo
  114. 114. Same scene, late at night
  115. 115. Cologne, Germany – bridge scene
  116. 116. Cologne, Germany – night train whizzes by
  117. 117. “Night Birds” – camera motion in Cologne, Germany
  118. 118. Cologne Philharmonic roofs in front of Cologne Cathedral
  119. 119. Candles at Munich Christmas Fair
  120. 120. Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic – daytime scene
  121. 121. Color negative of same scene = faux “night” scene
  122. 122. “Swiss Miss” – at sweet shop, Basel, Switzerland

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