6 Useful Travel Photography Tips for improving your photos

Looking for travel photography tips?

There are people who collect souvenirs from their trips and there are people -like me- who collect beautiful images with their camera or their phone because every destination has its own look, culture, history, people, feelings and stories and I love to capture the moment.

I never did a course of photography but I’ve slowly learned the techniques of travel photography over months of reading e-books, watching online tutorials, and regular practice to improve my craft.

Here are my favourite travel photography tips to improve your images.

1. Wake up early, stay up late

Light is the most important ingredient for great photography — and soft, warm, morning light or the “golden hours” creates amazing images.

Sunrises and sunsets are the best time of a day to catch good light. In comparison, shooting photos at noon on a bright sunny day is probably the absolute worst time for travel photography.

2. Talk to People

Always ask permission for portraits and close-ups. Spend 15 minutes learning how to say “can I shoot a photograph” or “can I take your portrait” in the local language before you arrive. People really appreciate the effort, and it’s a great way to make a new friend.

Some people will say no. Some will ask for money. It’s not the end of the world. Thank them for their time, smile, and move on to someone else and try again. Actually the more you get rejected, the easier it gets to ask!!!

3. Use a Tripod

I believe that more people should be using lightweight travel tripods. A tripod allows you to set your camera position and keep it there. With the camera fixed, you can then take your time arranging the perfect composition.

Tripods also give you the ability to shoot much slower shutter speeds (waterfalls, low-light, stars,…) without worrying about hand-held camera shake. You can keep your ISO low (for less sensor noise) and use smaller apertures, so more of the image is in focus.

4. Make photography a priority

Make sure you plan “photography time” into your travel schedule. Good travel photography requires a solid time commitment on your part.

 

5. Always be Patient

Photography is about really seeing what’s in front of you, not only just with your eyes, but also with your heart & mind too. This requires dedicated time and attention. Slow down and make a conscious effort at becoming aware of your surroundings before pressing the shutter.

 

6. Shoot in Manual Mode

By switching your camera into Manual Mode, it  gives you much more control of the look of your images in different situations.

For example, by manually adjusting aperture you have more control over the depth of field in your image, by manually controlling shutter speed, you are able to capture motion in more creative ways and by manually controlling ISO, you are able to reduce the noise of your images and deal with tricky lighting situations.

 

Do you have any questions or suggestions about travel photography?  Please feel free to drop me a message in the comments below!

 

Guest BlogPost – 7 Pro Tips for A Budgeted Tour of India

India is visited by many foreign tourists, as well locals wishing to explore this precious land. Everyone wants to get the best out of a holiday, and make it easy on their pocket, and why not, it is after all a sensible thing to do. Air fares, decent railway tickets can be quite pricey, and so are the hotel reservations. And to add to it all, the food in most places is priced quite heftily, and the taxes make it worse! Nevertheless, there is always a frugal way to travel through which you can save quite a sum of money, if not a fortune. Therefore, do not hesitate to take a budget your next trip to India and the tips bellow will ensure that you spend within it!

1. Scourge for Coupons

A lot of sites offer coupons and promising discounts on air prices, hotel bookings and eateries/restaurants. These coupons are free, but do require a bit of hunting! Most of them are legitimate, and offer tickets at astonishingly slashed prices! Although there are a few terms and conditions, if they can be met, most of the work is done for you, and is oh so light on your wallet!

2. Opt for An Airbnb, Or A Guest House Instead!

If you are travelling with a large group of people, look for a home stay guest house instead! Airbnb is becoming quite popular these days, and are extremely cheap to stay in! You do not have to pay extra for room services and maintenance charges, unlike hotels. You get to stay in a place which feels like home, interact with the locals, live their lives and become a part of it. What better an experience could you get?

3. Decide on A Hotel Based on Its Location

If you do not wish to opt for a guest house, you can still get a hotel, but do make sure that it is well placed and easy for you to reach. Also make sure that it is close to the places you want to visit, thus reducing your travel expenditure and travel time! You could also opt for one which is away from the main roads, where all the traffic is, so that your stay is as peaceful as you want it to be!

4. Travel at Night

Choose to travel at night, and save a whole day’s expense on hotel bookings. Check in times are in the morning, so if you travel during the day and reach the hotel in the evening, you have lost an entire day looking and booking hotels. Also, given that India is a hot country, one would find it more comfortable to travel at night! Kill two birds with one stone, as they say!

5. Prefer Eating at Restaurants Outside the Hotel

Hotels have their own bars and restaurants, but these are heavily taxed and too expensive. Even aerated drinks are priced more than maximum retail price! Do not make such a mistake, do go outside to famous eateries and have a bite of the local lip-smacking foods- these popular places tend to be cheap! Again, the important thing to do is choose a hotel where these eateries are in the vicinity and easily accessible!

6. Carry You Own Food for The Journey

One must always make it a point to carry eatables while on the journey. Food served on air is extremely expensive, and although railways isn’t so, one may be paranoid of how hygienic the food offered may be- you certainly do not want to be sick at the entirety of the trip! Also make sure to carry as many bottles of water that you can, not only for the journey, but to every place you visit! You will certainly need it in this tropical country! Also carry hats and caps, while you’re at it!

7. Shop at The Street Markets

Instead of opting for boring malls where all the clothes are pricey and the same as at the malls back home, visit the roadside markets for exciting trinkets and local material, fashion, shoes and souvenirs! It is one experience you must not miss out on!

 

Author’s Bio:

A travel guru and wanderlust, Himanshu has a knack for finding beauty in every little bit of nature, travelling to make memories, and leaving footprints. Tales of his travel adventures are available at pearlsindiatour.com where he shares about his passion to all!

The Ultimate Guide to renting a car in Europe Hints, Tips & Advice

*Disclosure: Elena’s travels blogs receives compensation from affiliate links to generate income to offset costs mainly for travel expenses.

 

Why Rent a Car in Europe

Renting a car in Europe make it so easy to literally get off the beaten track and check out areas you didn’t even know existed. Deciding to renting a car in Europe not only will make your trip easier, but also more memorable for the unique opportunities it would give you.

Here’s why road tripping in Europe is the best way to travel!

It is the best way to discover more places in the countries you’re visiting, places where you wouldn’t get so easily (if at all) without a car and it’s the perfect way to go on a road trip and stop in picturesque places to take photos. However, a lot of people think it’s too difficult or too expensive, so here I am to give you all the information, advice, hints and tricks that you need to know about car rentals in Europe.

Probably the best reason for renting a car in Europe is the flexibility you get by driving instead of taking other public transportation. Busses and trains are limited to set stops and from there its difficult to wander off the beaten track. Moreover, renting a car allows you to explore wherever you want.

The most amazing thing about road trip in Europe  is that the region has so many small countries close together. Within hours you can be in a new country, experiencing a new culture, tasting an entirely new food and zipping between countries becomes even easier by car. Plus, it’s so much easier to toss your luggage into the back of a car than lug it through the streets.

One more thing about renting a car is that you are able to take off and arrive when you want. You can sleep in the next morning and leave later and you can grab breakfast or lunch on the way. It’s all up to you!

Last but not least, road tripping in Europe is great because you are able to pick it up in one spot and drop it off in another. No longer do you need to pick and return at the same location, now you can make a trip that suits your trip itinerary.

Advice for renting a car in Europe

  •  Get your documents in order

    If you don’t have a passport, it will take at least four to six weeks from the time of application for you to receive one. Already have a passport? Check its expiration date. The last thing you need is to find out your passport has expired just before your holidays begin.

    All car rental companies require drivers to have valid licenses in their home country, so you’ll also want to check the expiration date of your license. Some car rental companies also require an international driving permit for European rentals in addition to a valid driver’s license.

  •  Establish a budget

    Establish a budget as early as possible – even before you know your destination, travel dates or itinerary. Some destinations are generally cheaper than others, but there are ways to save everywhere: travel in the off season, pick budget accommodations, plan a shorter trip. Set your budget early on, and you’ll avoid any disappointment that could come from forging a fabulous itinerary, like two weeks in the French Riviera during summer, and then discovering you can’t afford it.

  •  Pick a destination

    Now that you know how much you can spend, where do you want to go? If you’re like many travellers (including me!) and you have a huge list of places in Europe you want to visit, this could be tricky.

  • Create a rough itinerary

    So you want to go to Greece, eh? Don’t go ahead and buy a roundtrip flight to Athens and a hotel room – at least, not yet. You’ll want to sketch out a day-by-day itinerary of your perfect trip to Greece before you book a thing. Research sites and cities you really want to explore, and then figure out which ones you have the time and budget to get to.

  • Always make your bookings in advance

    Flight tickets will probably be the most expensive part of your trip so you’ll want to book it before anything else (car rental, hotel, etc.). This will allow you to be more flexible with your dates, which is a great way to save money on your flight. You can also spend less by flying on charter airlines.

    It’s time to go back to that rough itinerary you noted and fill in some places to sleep. As is the case with pretty much everything you book for your trip, the earlier you make arrangements, the better – especially during summer high season.

  • Book a car insurance

    Prefer buying a car insurance from carinsurent.com  which is the best in the market and feel free to use my Coupon code

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    Their excess insurance policies provide cover for damage, theft, fire and vandalism charges up to $2,500 and includes damage to vulnerable parts of the vehicle such as tyres, roof, windscreen and undercarriage which are often excluded by the rental companies’ equivalent cover. Policies are available on both a daily and annual basis and start from as little as US$4.50 per day and US$ 49.90 per year.

Hints and Tips for Renting a Car in Europe

  • Rental cars providers in Europe aren’t expensive.  You can search and compare car rentals on Ticketseller via Auto Europe
  • Booking a rental car is a really easy process. Simply put in your details, dates, locations, car preferences and press search. Bookings can be made with a credit card and you’ll receive the receipt and car rental voucher straight to your inbox.
  • Get quotes for weekly rentals
  • Double-check currency conversions when comparing prices
  • Pay upfront for the car
  • Choosing a Pick-Up & Drop-Off Place and Time
  • Video or Photograph the Car for Previous Damages
  • Avoid Calling Rental Cars at Airports or Major Train Stations

5 career skills for travel bloggers and travel lovers

 

Your travel experiences can help your career only when you know how to adjust your skills in your resume and build an exceptional resume.

In order to write a killer resume and nail the interview, you should outline what you have learned and how this knowledge will help you on the job.

To get you started, here there are 5 key skills that someone with travel experience should highlight in his/her resume and interview.

1. Your communication skills

Undeniably, someone  like you who has many travel experiences, he/she has managed to communicate in many unfamiliar languages and cultures from buying a train ticket to ordering a coffee and meeting so many and different people improved your communication skills so communicating in the workplace will be a piece of cake!

2. Your willingness to think outside of the box

A travel blogger has many stories to tell such as where things didn’t go as planned and what did he/she did to overcome it. Describe a situation that you overcame a crisis or an unexpected situation and demonstrate your ability to adapt quickly and find creative solutions like how to get from your hotel to the airport when the roads are flooded. Any employer would be happy to hire employees with these skills.

3. Your cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding

Travelling abroad means a daily interaction with people of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds and culture. This gives you a greater sensitivity to diversity so you will always be able to find common ground with anyone, appreciate how the differences make your team stronger and have a competitive advantage in getting a job that concern about different languages  and cultures.

4. Your time management skills

When travelling, you managed to schedule a weekly or monthly plan in advance taking into account several things. You also create a budget for the selected scheduled plan.

These time and money management skills will help you managing corporate budgets.

5. Your ability to take initiative and work independently

Last but not least, you work hard to plan and save for your big trip. No one was there to supervise or help you, which means that you will be fine taking on projects solo.