5 Tips for Capturing the Best Adventure Travel Photography

06/05/2020

5 Tips for Capturing the Best Adventure Travel Photography

We know all of you simply can’t wait to get back out into the wide open world and explore every stunning location our planet has to offer. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to soon!

But when you do finally head out on another adventure you’ll want to be sure you’re well-equipped to capture those memories so they last a lifetime.

Most people nowadays rely on their phone cameras to take all their adventure holiday photos, which is fine! But phone cameras simply can’t stand up to more traditional, built-for-purpose photography cameras.

So, if you have a camera good enough for the job (a DSLR or higher end Mirrorless camera) and you want to make the most of it on your next adventure, here are 5 tips to capturing the best adventure travel photography.

Wide-angle prime lenses

Everyone is always entranced by super wide shots of glorious mountain ranges or vast landscapes. Well, the fact that the shot is as wide as it is was no accident.

Travel photographers are always equipped with a wide-angle prime lens; For this type of photography, there’s arguably nothing more essential in capturing the landscape as it’s intended to be seen.

These lenses allow you to fit as much of the image into the frame as possible, making for some truly staggering photos when matches with the right scenery, like the stunning Mt Zugspitze for instance.

A 12mm or 14mm prime lens should do the trick. Or, if you have the skill and the energy, you could always take multiple wide shots and stitch them together in your editing software for the ultimate panoramic shot!

Telephoto lenses

At the complete opposite end of the spectrum from wide-angle prime lenses, we have the classic telephoto lens.

These lenses, which are much larger than most lenses, are designed to capture images between two separate focal lengths. The higher the focal length, the more zoomed-in the image will be. For example, your lens might be able to capture focal lengths between 55mm and 200mm, so you have plenty of room to play with!

This is perfect for when you see something in the distance - perhaps a person, object or element of the landscape - that you can’t get close to. Simple zoom your lens to the appropriate distance and take your shot!

Many of these lenses vary in price though (and are often on the more expensive side) so be sure to buy the right lens for you and what you need.

Stabilization

Most people enjoy using cameras to take photos handheld because it gives you the freedom to move the camera and capture the image in question from whatever angle you please.

But when it comes to adventure photography, this isn’t always the case. In fact, it’s often advisable that you use some form of stabilization like a monopod or a tripod, if you want the sharpest image possible.

If you use some form of stabilization, you won't be completely reliant on using a fast shutter speed and low aperture to keep as much light as possible in your shot. This is because there will be absolutely no movement in your camera whatsoever, allowing it to catch much more detail. So if you have the option and you want to invest time into your adventure holiday shots, consider utilizing stabilization.

Drones

This is an interesting and controversial one, but also makes for some of the most spectacular photography options available anywhere.

Drones have burst onto the travel photography scene in the past five or so years, with many drones with quality cameras built-in now openly available for public purchase.

As you can imagine, drones give you the chance to take some truly unbelievable aerial shots of your environment and allow you to capture images that, once upon a time, were simply impossible to get.

Want to shoot the entirety of a beautiful lake? Take it from the skies for the ultimate landscape shot. Or how about the top of a mountain? Make it look like you can fly, because you can!

Drones come in all shapes, sizes and price points. But the main thing to be sure of is the legality of drone usage in your chosen location. Always double-check what you can and can’t do before using your drone abroad!

Spare Batteries

This is a big one and yet is a point that’s always overlooked.

How many times have you been snapping pictures and have seen the perfect shot, only to find your camera dies on you before you can take it?

Now imagine how heartbreaking this would be when faced with something like the Bavarian Hills or breathtaking Lake Garda?

To make sure you always have the capability to take the perfect shot, be sure to pack some extra batteries. On average 2 or three spares should see you through the day and into the next day, but it all depends on which camera you use, it’s power usage and how much you actually use it throughout the day.

At Whereabouts Holidays we know how important it is to create lasting memories. That’s why we absolutely love providing them to travelers and adventurers the world over!

So in the time we have now when we can’t travel, get practicing your photography techniques so that, when we do travel again, you’ll be ready to capture the greatest images that’s you’ll treasure forever.

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