Travel pho­tog­ra­phy on va­ca­tion

Shoot great travel pho­tos while on your hol­i­days with­out an­noy­ing your near­est and dear­est!

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Travel pho­tog­ra­phers seem to be a hardy bunch; yomp­ing up the side of vol­ca­noes in the dark, car­ry­ing ki­los of lenses, cam­era bod­ies and a tri­pod. Al­ways in the mid­dle of the ac­tion, they barely seem to sleep – up and out for sun­rise, prowl­ing the streets all day and shoot­ing star trails through the night. Ob­sessed by weather re­ports, in­fu­ri­ated by scaf­fold­ing and of­ten in­can­des­cent when a hum­ble tourist walks into their shots, they hang out in mar­kets, back­streets and fes­ti­vals, and are ob­ses­sive and ded­i­cated to their art. When things are go­ing well, they are ebul­lient and en­ter­tain­ing; when the weather is bad and the pho­to­graphs not good, they mo­rosely prop up the bar. The re­sults are the iconic shots of world des­ti­na­tions that you see in books, mag­a­zines, travel brochures and all over the in­ter­net. Alas, most of us don’t have the time or re­sources to put into tak­ing our own pic­tures, but we still want to come back with great shots. We might have a fam­ily, be trav­el­ling with a friend or a part­ner who isn’t a pho­tog­ra­pher, or per­haps we just work so damn hard through­out the year that we pre­dom­i­nantly want a re­lax­ing hol­i­day!

Luck­ily, there are a num­ber of tricks that will help you to get the best pic­tures pos­si­ble, with the min­i­mum of kit. In fact, all of the tips here can be used with a sin­gle cam­era body and lens – Irec­om­mend the Nikon’s 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II as the per­fect easy travel com­pan­ion: the pic­tures might not be of the ut­most qual­ity – af­ter all, that is why pro­fes­sional travel pho­tog­ra­phers carry heavy pro­fes­sional lenses and all of their other kit – but as a way of shoot­ing hol­i­day pic­tures, this set-up – and these tips – are per­fect.

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