I caught the travel bug at a very early age. I traveled with my folks to many countries growing up and definitely acquired the same love of travel that they had. When I was twenty, I spent a year travelling around the world photographing children and at the end of that trip, I knew my calling and started my career in photography. Fourteen books later, I still have the same passion for photography and have picked-up a few travel photography tips along the way.
If you plan to travel, whether it’s Europe, another state or just a town over from where you live, I have a few tips to help you create photos and not just “snapshots.”
What to bring
Keep your equipment simple and light. I use a mirrorless camera made by Sony. The body and lenses are light and for me it has the best image sensor in the industry. Sensors are incredibly important and I believe no one makes better sensors than Sony from amazing shadow detail to recording of highlights they do an amazing job and with the A7r2, you get 42 megapixels to boot.
My go-to lens is a 24-70mm f/2.8. I love this lens and for a vast majority of my travel photos does the job very well. My second favorite lens is the 16- 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss. This lens is perfect for capturing wide landscapes and “big” skies.
You want to concentrate on your subject and the light, not whether to use the 24mm f/2 or 35mm f/1.4 you have in your bag. Learn to look at light as it will play an important role in your final photograph. Know what you are looking for in that subject and figure out how to get it, or at least give it an effort. Not everything works out the way you’d like it to but like playing piano, the harder you work the better you get.
The third lens is my 70-400mm f/4.5. This lens will get you closer to your subject and allow you to capture images not possible with the shorter lenses. It is a great lens for a variety of subjects including sports, animals, or fast-moving children. But what makes this lens especially great for travel photography is that it has a wide range of coverage, which means you don’t have to constantly change lenses based on near or far subjects. Simply zoom in or out to capture what’s important to you. Again, it helps you spend more time creating a great photo and less time thinking about your equipment.
You Need Support
I always bring a tripod because you can do things with a tripod that you simply can’t do handheld. Long exposure photos are one example. When you leave the shutter open for a long time, magic happens. It is also much easier to shoot in very low light when you put your camera on a good solid tripod. For long exposures, place the camera’s shutter setting on “B” (Bulb) and allow it to stay open for a minute to 10 minutes. It’s great to experiment with exposure times but you will be amazed with the results.
Sunrise / Sunset Lighting is Best
Get up and be in a wonderful spot before the sun rises and find another location before the sun sets. This will allow you to shoot in amazing light with rich color and exciting shadows. This alone will take your photos to a new level.
By far the most important suggestion I have for you is to have fun. Enjoy the experience of taking the photos and be rewarded when you look at your masterpieces on your computer or better yet, print them and display your new-found talents in your home or office.
Andy’s love of photography has taken him around the globe visiting more than 90 countries – from the deserts of Namibia, to the disappearing Jewish cultures of Eastern Europe, to the rolling hills of California wine country. His subjects range as broadly as his adventures.
Each journey for Katz is a new exploration of images. He is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, representing Sony’s latest cameras. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and he just published his 14th book. Some of the titles include Tuscany and its Wines, The Heart of Burgundy, The Robert Mondavi Winery, New Zealand: Sea Earth Sky Vineyard, and Sonoma.
Andy’s newest book “The Club of Nine” will be out in October. You can check out more of Andy’s work at his website www.andykatzphotography.com.
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