How to shoot like a pro for your next big trip abroad

If there’s one thing we’ve learned after the sad situation of lockdown, it’s that traveling is a privilege. After spending countless days over the past two years scrolling through Airbnb posts, desperately hanging around for our next big adventure, we’ve learned a thing or two about managing our need for escape. So now that we’ve finally emerged from the cocoon of COVID-19, we’re dusting off all our best camera gear to document everything we missed.

Sometimes the most exciting part of going on vacation is the pictures you’ll know you’ll be coming back to. But the problem for most of us is how to optimize a shot to our best advantage. A big part of travel photography is capturing a moment in time, without pretending how it should look. We spend so much time worrying about an outcome when all the best moves really are the ones that weren’t planned.

There are many ways to put together the perfect cityscape shot, but most travel photographers agree that there are a few basic rules to follow to get the best results. Here, we’ve compiled some expert tips to follow for your next photoshoot abroad.

Focus on timing the shot

According to experts, starting your cityscape shots early or late in the day is the optimal time to get the most interesting light. Given the transition period, the range of colors and tones are more unique at this time, providing more diversity in shooting. Look to places like Paris, New York or Tokyo for great vantage points over the cityscape. A good rule of thumb is to look in rooftop locations such as hotels, bars, or public access sky bridges for the most low-key view for your shot.

Don’t overdo it with fancy amenities

A big part of photography is getting used to what you have. All the best photographers in the world will tell you that it’s not the tools but how you use them. Don’t waste time spending obscene amounts of money on expensive gear, instead use what you have and be creative about how you can use it to your best advantage. If your phone is all you have, familiarize yourself with all of its features and the different ways to frame a shot.

Pay attention to your framing

Like all things in life, photography can get a little wonky, and while that’s a cool look sometimes, it’s not always what we’re looking for with travel photography in particular. While some landmarks and structures may seem straight to us, our equipment doesn’t always follow the movement. Remember to always keep an eye on the camera and whether it is sitting sideways or flat against the landscape.

Be in the moment

Instead of constantly searching for the perfect location, take advantage of the places and spaces you find yourself in. Being present in the moment is such an important part of travel photography. Try not to think too much about the location, instead savor the moment and when the mood hits you, pull out your camera to frame the perfect shot. Spontaneity is such an important part of travel and it should be reflected in your photo memories too.

Looking for the perfect hotel to stay in while you take your perfect cityscape shot? Take a look at the best hotels in London and Rome for your most exciting getaway yet.

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