My family laughs at me because wherever I travel, I must take my camera. I don’t care if I’m heading across the street or across the Atlantic, my camera must be in hand at all times. And that’s okay, they can laugh all they want, because when they look the fabulous travel photo books I put together, they realize photo addicts aren’t such a bad thing, right?
So maybe you’re laughing too, or maybe you’re worried that photo addicts are the only people who can create decent travel photo books. Set your mind at rest. You don’t have to be a photo maniac to get a decent set of travel shots. Just keep this short list in mind, and you’ll get the photos you want.
Five travel shots you don’t want to miss
1) Surrounding area – capture the big pictures, the landscapes, the sunsets, the rolling hills, the vistas. This gives you a nice overview of where you were
2) Candids – posed photos are fine, but they don’t capture the moment to moment experiences you encounter. So catch your fellow travelers in action
3) Close-ups – get in there and take super close-ups of all the little details you encounter – a flower, an architectural detail, a piece of pottery, a sign
4) Be in the pictures – this is SO easy to forget! Make sure you let go of that camera and get someone else to take your snapshot for a change
5) Portraits – get group shots of you and your fellow travelers! An easy way to do this is scope out another tourist and ask if they can take your picture. As a courtesy it’s always nice to return the favor, too
If you need some inspiration to get you started, check out a few of my favorite travel photo books. They all have a nice balance of scenic shots, close ups, candids, and portraits. Plus photos of the camera boss!
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