Travel Photography: Pacific Europe

Travel photography is a form of photography where the photographer documents his or her travel through photography. This also means that the photographer captures the essence of the destination through a picture of the landscape, culture, custom or the people of a place.

Taking photos of your favorite destination in Pacific Europe is quite simple. Below are some tips to help you capture the essence of your adventure.

Step 1: Setting the Mode of Your Camera

Before you take any shots, it is important that you prepare the mode of your camera. Nowadays, almost all cameras have different modes. Check the mode of your camera and choose one that is appropriate. The landscape mode is best for landscapes, rivers, mountains or any scene that is too large to fit in a frame. The portrait mode, on the other hand, is best utilized if you want to zoom in on certain aspects or portions of a location. This is also best suited for taking shots of a person. Other modes include indoors, action and night mode.

Step 2: Deciding to Turn the Flash on or off

Most cameras are automatically set to having the flash turned off. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages of using the camera's flash. It is best if you turn off the flash of the camera if you want to take in the natural light of the view. If you are outdoors and there are some dark or shadowed areas, it is best to turn on the flash to compensate for the dark spots. On the other hand, if you have a dark foreground and light background, it is also best to turn on the flash.

Step 3: Choosing a Subject

The most important step in taking travel photos is choosing the subject of your photo. The best advice you can get when choosing a subject is to choose one that you are drawn to. If you are drawn to a landscape or a river or even a person doing a mundane task then go ahead and take that shot. An important thing you have to remember about travel photography is that almost all the shots are random and candid. You cannot set a scene.

Step 4: Setting the White Balance

The white balance setting in your camera is a great way to capture some of the best travel spots both indoors and outdoors. Try to study each of the settings to ensure that you capture the different colors in your image. White balance settings often include cloudy, shade, daylight, flash, florescent and tungsten. Each of these settings creates a different hue creating a different feel of the scene.

Step 5: Steadying Your Shot

When taking travel photos, it is often a little tricky to capture a steady photo. Often times, you end up with a skewed shot of a landscape or landmark. To steady your shot, lean on a steady object like a railing or post. If you are indoors, it is best to place the camera on top of a table or sturdy object.