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Basic Tips for Travel Photography

By Ale Coyote |

Waiting hours at the airport can be more fun if you profit that time to practice the use of your camera’s features.


When it comes to going on a trip, DINKtravelers knows the drill: you have to get to the airport three hours before your departure time, which results in a tedious process because you only take about half an hour for check in –at the most– and the rest of the time… you just sit in a waiting room doing nothing. Get the most of those hours with our tips. You’ll find that if you practice the use of your camera in your spare time you’ll be able to create amazing compositions. Follow our recommendations to take better pictures and turn your photos into works of art. But beware: in order to avoid violating airport security regulations, make sure you can take pictures in your waiting area –avoid using your camera near the security controls and baggage claim areas.


Explore the options in your camera or cell phone’s menu. You’ll find a feature that is called ISO. Its purpose is to help you take pictures indoors and with scarce light (for example, in an airport’s VIP waiting lounge). We recommend that you adjust it to higher levels (1600) if you want an object or a person not look too dark even without the use of flash. On the contrary, if you go to the beach or to an area where there is a lot of sunlight or artificial light, lower the ISO values (100) to prevent your picture from coming out white or too pale and maintain the brightness of natural colors.


We know you love to have your picture taken at every destination. For this reason, we recommend that you keep the wrappings of the energy bars you have for breakfast and turn them inside out leaving the silver cellophane lining exposed. Ask your travel partner to take a close up of you while you pose holding the cellophane in a way that it reflects the sunlight to your face. By doing so your features will look brighter and it will look as if it was a very sunny day.


Look around and make use of the shapes you find. Try to make out lines or geometrical shapes in columns, arches or in any stylish structure and turn them into the protagonists of your pictures. Consider those objects as your main characters –it’s okay if the background seems blurry–, and give them more emphasis to create very artistic images.

Finally, practice these three features separately and then combine them to become an expert in photography and a master in memorable pictures.