Sunday, October 18, 2009
For 20 years, I used single-lens reflex (SLR) film cameras, but I've been using various point-and-shoots since about 2002, waiting for the price of digital SLRs to come down. Recently, the wait ended. And now, as the proud new owner of a DSLR, I'm avid to reacquaint myself with all the bells and whistles an SLR can offer: more control over exposure and focus, various lenses and filters, and more.
In particular, I'm trolling for tips on how to make better pictures while travelling, and I've come across a number of useful articles online.
For good, basic tips, I liked "Easy Steps to Better Vacation Photos" at Popular Photography magazine's website. The magazine (and website) also have great guides to shooting in particular locations, such as this article on making photographs in New Orleans.
Fodor's also has a useful site divided into subsections such as people, lighting and composition.
And I could spend all day digging around the wealth of fantastic features and good advice on National Geographic's photography website.
For sheer inspiration (along with some tips), try a photo-heavy site called, naturally enough, TravelPhoto.net.
I've inserted a few of my favourite travel photos into this post, but they were all taken more by good luck than good management. Now it's time to learn--or remember--how to make my own luck.
What is your number-one tip for making memorable photos on the road?