“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta
One of the key aspects of traveling is it breaks the monotony of life and work. Life for most people is a mad rush of getting from one activity to another, trying to do as much as possible. Traveling is a time for people to broaden their knowledge of geography, different cultures and people. These moments need to be captured so when the memories fade, the photos will still be able to tell the tale.
Commercial travel photography provides imagery to the $1 trillion global tourism industry. If you read various travel blogs or follow various travel photographers on social media you see these exceptional travel photos. These photos inspire and delight us, and are often the inspiration to put away that little extra and start planning your next adventure. The trouble is that once you've returned from your trip and scroll through your photo’s, you realize that they don't quite capture the moment.
Not all of us are professional photographers or own professional equipment to take exceptional travel photos. A couple of years ago we had to carry our cameras wherever we went but now, thanks to the evolution of the mobile phone, we don’t have to. Phones come packed with features that enable the user to capture and record the best of their travel moments.
You don’t have to be an expert at taking photos but some basic know-how will definitely help you in the long run. Check out the tips below to help you capture those perfect moments, perfectly:
Explore your phone settings: Check your phone for exposure, light and HDR settings. Optimize these for improved images. There is no one size fits all scenario here. Explore what you want to convey through your pictures and find the right setting. HDR is a setting that most of us don’t know about. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range which is a ratio of light to dark in a photograph and allows the smartphone to takes three pictures instead of one in different exposures. Here your phone does all the work for you.
Knowing when to use the available options: Most smartphones have the option to record in slow-motion or create a time-lapse video. Understanding the difference between the two and knowing when to use them will determine whether your photo is perfect or poor. A time lapse video speeds up the video to highlight a journey or change that normally occurs over a long time. Slow-motion reduces the video speed to just a few frames per second and is great for capturing something that is hard to see at normal speed.
Knowing your perfect frame: Panoramic images are great for capturing sweeping landscapes as it allows you to capture a wide angle picture and gives a closer feeling of what it was like to be there. Upon uploading it to Facebook the viewer gets to view get a 360 degree view of the place captured.
Use of Editing Apps: Sometimes it is impossible to have the perfect setting for a picture and for such situations editing apps helps. A little tweak might help to bring out the essence of the picture. A basic search in the app store will help you with best of the apps free at cost. All you have to do is download the app and play around with the available features. Sure Instagram provides a great deal of help but try to look beyond and choose apps that suit you. Some of the most popular apps are Adobe Lightroom, Snapseed, VSCO. Choose what suits you best.
Storage: Picture and video files generally tend to be bigger in size. Hence storage is a problem that most of us face.The solution for this would be to use a secondary online space like Google photos, Shutterfly or Dropbox. Other options could be to use an external hard drive or thumb drive.