The last article on Three Easy Tips to Better Your Travel Photography was really well-received and the good news is that I have more tips to share! So, here are 3 more tips on improving your photography.
1. Have a singular focus
2. Go the extra mile
In my case, I hiked the extra mile – in Athens, Greece.
In 2011, I was in Athens for a weekend with three friends. I had researched the best place in the Greek capital to watch the sunset – Mount Lycabettus. So I made my friends hike for 30 minutes to the lookout point because I really wanted us to watch the beautiful sunset, and although I didn’t reveal this to them at the time, I really wanted to photograph the sunset. We were hungry and tired from a long day of touring, but I dragged them up the mountain anyways, despite their occasional complaints. There were moments when I really felt like I was testing our friendship with this hike. But when we got to the lookout, the view was stunning. I ended up capturing some of my most favourite images from Athens there.
I’ve told this story about Athens over and over again because it was one of those golden moments when I realized that I was no longer a traveler and I had fully embraced the role of a travel photographer: I went the extra mile for the shot.
3. Pack light, pack versatile
It should come as no surprise that packing light has tremendous benefits physically, especially for those who engage in an active style of travel. When it comes to choosing the right camera equipment to take along a trip, I always keep it very light. I take 1 camera bag and tell myself that all my camera equipment must fit into that bag. I’m not working on crazy photo assignments so there is no reason to take many lights and lenses.