Seek Inspiration Before you Shoot!

There are loads of reasons why a pro photographer takes great travel pics.
But it isn’t all down to technique and equipment!

Most graduates are all too familiar with the term ‘research’ and photography is no different!
There are two types of research that we will discuss today;

  1. Seek advice on technique
  2. Get inspiration!

Technique is key!

Taking great vacation snaps involves an few key techniques to be mastered.  Without understanding how to make the most of your camera, the results will be little more than ‘luck’.  The more you learn, the less you will rely upon that luck and the better the shots become.
It is unrealistic to expect great results just off a few days of research, but over the course of the time between booking your vacation and actually getting there, you will have plenty of time!

By setting yourself some tasks, while you are at home, work and play, you will quickly come on!   Try shooting indoors and improve on your previous images.  Shoot in low light and shoot with very slow shutter speeds to see what can be achieved and how those images turn out!

Check out some great websites by searching in Google for Vacation Photo Tips it seems obvious, so have a go yourself!

Inspiration will make your shots look professional

Looking at other photographer’s work might seem like cheating at first, but the practice is an important part of your education as a great vacation snapper!
Ask any pro shooter and they will tell you which great photographers inspire them most!

Check out this top100 travel photographer list for some wonderful ideas and examples of what can be achieved if you put your mind to it!

From a personal perspective, I like love looking at the work of British Photographer Martin Parr before I head out on a Travel Shoot.  I appreciate the ability that Martin has to capture people in their environments, which is of course, the whole purpose of a family vacation snap!

Great Photography takes time, research and practice!

Whatever happens, don’t expect too much overnight, but practice & learn every single day in some way!
It’s hard work, but like everything in life, the more you practice, the luckier you get!


Luxury Travel Photography – Tips – Catching the Peak Action!

Catching Peak Action the secret to the best vacation shots!

If you’ve ever wondered how to grab yourself an amazing theme park shot that will wow your friends on Facebook, it’s all about that magic moment!

It happens only once for every shot, and if you miss it, it has gone forever.  With the right skill however, it’s in the camera and yours for the bragging rights!

This shot for totalorlando of the Serveur Amusement street performers in the French area of Epcot, is a good example of that moment.  Nothing fast going on to be honest, it’s just that point that counts!  A split second earlier and his feet were on the chair below, a split second later and he artist was purely vertical, somehow losing the impact.

IMG_5922There’s no magic here, you can easily do it yourself, and here’s a few tips to help you on your way!

  1. Even if the action is slow, keep your shutter speed high!  It stops a blurred image!
  2. If your camera has a continuous shoot mode, choose that for a quick burst of images.  Start shooting just before the action starts and you get the beginning, middle and end!
  3. If you are shooting something that repeats, watch it first without the camera, you can judge how things work out for your shoot!
  4. Sometimes it’s nice to aim the camera, then back your head away from the eyepiece to watch the scene unfold.  The wider view allows you to judge timing much better!
  5. Don’t stop shooting until it’s all over.  There’s always a good shot about to come if you are patient!

Sometimes however, there’s no substitute for thinking the action through before it actually happens!  Try and weigh up your environment and look for clues as to where the action will be and how best to position your camera!This shot of Disney’s Lights, Motors, Action stunt show at Hollywood Studios Orlando, was just one of those moments.

I know this sounds a bit boastful, but nothing about this shot was chance, even though it was my first time shooting here this event.  I was so closely following the stunt crews movements that I could see that they were preparing for the car to completely change direction and jump the flames.
How hard was I concentrating?  I had a killer of a headache, but it was well worth it!