Guest Post from Mark James @ http://onmywall.co
The best way to get a lot of beautiful shots is to take a lot of pictures, but this is not enough if you want to take photography more seriously, especially with travel photography. In order to be effective in this industry, you need to spend a lot of time travelling. Just put it this way – you will not have a permanent home other than the earth itself. You will be going to distant places, meet new people, learn different cultures and at the same time, get to know yourself better. But this article is not only about philosophy. This is about getting to know how far you can take your skills as a travel photographer. Before you grab your camera and travel to different places, you should read the following tips below on taking the best travel photography shots.
Efficient travel is the first on the list. You already have your gear ready, have read all the equipment needed for effective travel photos, travel is all you need. For first timers, you can start with the local area first and gradually build up on your base with that. As you exhaust all places within your local area, you will certainly get bound on travelling farther, which will require either sea travel or air travel. Air travel is more effective if you want to get to your next location fast, and only when it is available. This will cost a lot, but professional travel photographers get to acquire a lot of money from selling off their work. It may not be very convenient at times, but it is absolutely necessary.
The amount of gear that you need to carry may gradually fluctuate over time, but you must prepare on how you get all your gear on the plane. Instead of going through the full body scan, you should just request the manual way, if possible. When you are looking for where the money goes, do an image search at Google. You will find a lot of sources there. It will also give you a lot of idea which places are highly sought after by both travel photographers and clients. You can also use other search engines that suit your liking. You might find some shots that are not taken right, but this is fine. It is only going to be used as your reference. This is how most beginners in travel photography start.
Take post cards of every town you visit. You can get them at local book stores, news stand or any local store that has them. It might be a bit cliché, but the photos depicted in post cards are taken by professionals, too. You also need to be spontaneous, too. A lot of professional photographers find the most beautiful pieces in their collection are those taken without any plans in mind. You can still plan for the Solar Position, Location, and many others. However, professional photographers admit that they do not have any plans on what to shoot as soon as they have reached the location.