Travelphotography 2: How To Take The Pictures On Location

travel photography in the Caribbean

7.Action: Choose destination and timing.

Ingredients: A map, a travel brochure, local residents, the internet.

  • When you arrive at your vacation spot, list the places you want to go to photograph. Like sales, it's all about location. Ask local people where the prettiest places are. Very often they'll send you where the tourist guides won't. And don't be afraid to stop the car and walk a little bit.  

  • Also, keep in mind lighting conditions. Outdoor scenics almost always look better in mid to late afternoon or earlier in the morning. That's because the shadows give depth to the scene. At noon, the shadows tend to be flat, giving colors a washed out look. Noon is good for recreational activities that don't require scenic photography, such as lunch.

  • So gather your ingredients, the above information, and make your plan.


8.Action: Go to your destination.

  • Do I need to say this? travel photography implies travel. So let me add that there may still be some travel after you get there, in order to get the right photograph composition.

9.Action: Explore all vantage points and apply the "active photo" rules.

Ingredients:Your eyes, your camera, your feet.

  • Look through your camera lens and see how the frame looks. Can you use thirds here? Are there natural lines to utilize? Can you you a foreground object for perspective? Walk around to different angles and see what you get. Try holding the camera sideways to get a vertical shot. Use all the rules of photograph composition.

  • Ask yourself the power question, "Is this picture the dynamic picture I want to take?"

Result: Each photo is visually attractive and effective.

10.Action: Have the photos developed and put on CD.

Ingredients:Your film, or memory card, a good film developer who does Cds as well as prints.

  • If you're using a regular camera, you can have the pictures put on CD. This lets you put names on them, touch up any problems in photo editing software, and print enlargements on your own color printer. I recommend doing it when you have them developed, because after they cut the negatives it costs more to make the CD.


11.Action: Purchase an album.

  • Here's where you are going to put your finest, so make it a nice one.


12.Action: Select the best photos.

Ingredients:The snapshots, or the computer files.

Look through all the pictures, and based on the number of pages in your album, select the most visually appealing, active and memorable photos you have.

Result: You have an excellent selection.

13.Action: Have the enlargements made or printed.

Ingredients:Your decision, those negatives or those files.

  • Based on the size of your album. You probably will want the ubiquitous 8x10s. If you're printing your own, make sure you use good photo paper, and that you adjust the size of the print so it will fit in your album.

  • Quick tip. Some printers have a "poster" function, where you can spread out a picture on 4 or 6 sheets of paper. After you print, you have to carefully trim along the edges of the photo area. Use one of the office trimmers. Then, carefully tape them together, preferably in the back. Presto, you have a poster. Mount it on cardboard, or in a frame, and enjoy! I have these all over my house.

14.Action: Plan the sequence of the photos and place the photos in the album

Ingredients:the chronology of your trip, a story line.

  • Put the photos in the album in a specific order, according to whatever tale you wish to tell. Use dramatic effect, for example, a picture of the steep trail before the open vista. You are, in a sense, writing a book with each page containing a thousand words. Let them be intriguing.

15.Action: Put the quotes in the album.

Ingredients:Short quotes for each picture, a word processor or graphics program.

  • Make nice one-liners for each picture to help tell the story. It can be anything at all, so make it nice. Print it in a moderate sized font and then cut and place it above, below or beside each picture. the more poetic each caption, the nicer, in my opinion.

Result: You have more than a memento, you have a work of art!

You will cherish this. Doesn't it beat all those old envelopes of mediocre pictures buried in some drawer somewhere? Congrats! Now you're a pro at scenic travel photography.