Travel photography without the Travel-local

A post by: Katie McEnaneyPPMany photographers love to travel. They love the thrill of being in a new place, for capturing new scenes and experiences and coming home with quality images. But landscape and travel photography doesn’t have to be limited to-week travel to distant locations. This article will explore how to get the most out of a weekend (or even weekday) local photography getaway (all photos contained in this article were taken within a few miles of where I live)./PPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-66967″ alt=”city, urban, night, lighttrails, reflection, traffic” src=”” width=”600″ height=”400″/PPMaking a plan or a bucket list of photography wants is a great place to start. Always wanted a slow, silky waterfall photograph? Looking for capturing candid street photography shots of interesting people? Do you want to bring home idyllic sunset shot over open water? Now is the time./PPFirst of all, spending a little time evaluating the photographic potential of what is all around you. So often We become accustomed to our daily that we forget to acknowledge the possibilities of the familiar. Challenge yourself to find and search for a nearby or local photography opportunity. Try browsing Flickr for waterfalls and streams in your area or make a plan to spend some time in an older part of the city look for street photography opportunities./PIMG class=”size-full wp-image-66968 ” alt=”waterfall, silky water” src=”” width=”600″ height=”400″Urban waterfall/PPWould you catch that sunset or Sunrise? Plan for the light. Look up Sunrise and sunset times for your date and location, and decide where you want to shoot during the blue hour and golden hour in the morning and evening. You can even use programs such as the photographers Ephemeris to determine the timing and angles of Sunrise, sunset, moon rise and moon set, which can help you capture dramatic photos of these events and their relative environment./PPIMG class=” wp-image-66969 alignright” alt=”sunrise, tree, silhouette, reflection, morning” src=”” width=”300″/PPNow that you have a concrete plan, make a packing list. Consider a ‘ basic ‘ packing list for any photographic journey that you can reuse for future trips. At least should bring you camera body and any extra lenses, extra memory cards and batteries, your battery charger, a camera case and basic cleaning materials (fan, brush and cloth). You can, if you want to add a tripod, remote shutter release, and additional filters or flashes, depending on your expected shots. Also don’t forget about basic travel or emergency supplies such as a flashlight or headlamp, mobile and snacks. Finally, I always a gallon-sized plastic bag in my camera case or bag as well, making a makeshift rain or snow cover (cut out a corner to keep shooting) stash or just easy protection from unexpected weather conditions./PPTo get the most out of a quick photography outing requires using your time wisely. This is where you’ll benefit from the advantages of your pre trip planning and research. Give yourself extra time at each location to a range from the scene before shooting. Minutes spent wandering around raised without your camera will help you zero in on the shots and angles desired instead of just trying to capture it all and hope something turns out well. Avoid the temptation to ‘ lock ‘ themselves once your tripod. Make sure to consider alternative views of your subject. Learn more about the importance of perspective in photography: not alone, move your feet!/PPIMG class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-66970″ alt=”street photography, black and white, BW, urban, city, decay” src=”” width=”600″ height=”400″/PPAs with photography, you must also be prepared to change your plan as needed. Again, crowd, unexpected building closures, and countless other factors can interfere with even the best laid plans. Consider an indoor backup plan for your outdoor day or another location in the neighborhood, just in case. The advantage of exploring a nearby photography location is that it’s much easier to return again if you first time doesn’t work out the way you had planned./PPIMG class=” wp-image-66971 alignleft” alt=”fog, foggy, morning, railroad, tracks, black and white, BW” src=”” width=”300″/PPOnce you get home, make sure you download all your photos right away and backup as well, using whatever system you have set (multiple hard drives or disks, portable hard drives, cloud backup, etc.). Set up a system for tagging and assessment of your photos so that you can make your Favorites quick and easy./PPDo not cheat yourself, after the outing both. Take the time to make the trip as well about viewing your snapshots. Write yourself some notes about what worked well and what is not. Keep adding to your bucket list by thinking of new ideas or missed opportunities. You may be surprised at how many photographic opportunities that you can find around you!/PPHave you been able Check items from your photography bucket list by focusing on opportunities closer to home? Share your Favorites in the comments below./P
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