Exploring a foreign location from behind a lens is one of the most rewarding aspects of travel. Whether scouting the most vibrant scenes in India, observing the Big Five in Tanzania, or zooming in on the flaky layers of a Parisian croissant, taking photographs while on the road is a special part of every traveler's playbook. But with so many gadgets and cameras (not to mention smartphones) available, mastering the art of travel photography seems more complicated than ever. To enhance your travel photography experience, Indagare polled several professional photographers who have explored the globe with their cameras for their tried-and-true tips on capturing the best shots while on the road. Contact Indagare to plan a photography-focused journey. Our Trip Designers can match you with the perfect destination and arrange special, photo-focused excursions.
Italian-born, German-raised photographer, based in NYC, who specializes in interiors and portraits. In addition to several books and exhibitions, his work has appeared in dozens of publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest and New York Magazine. francescolagnese.com
Roger Fishman left the corporate world more than ten years ago to indulge his wanderlust and never looked back. Since then, he has traversed the far corners of the earth on daring photographic missions. His most recent journeys have included Botswana, Antarctica and Greenland. rogerfishman.com
The winner of several prestigious photography awards, Jessica Sample is the former deputy photo editor at Travel + Leisure and has travelled extensively across the world shooting places such as Tibet, Bhutan and Indonesia. She has shot for dozens of publications including Food & Wine, Goop and National Geographic. jessicasample.com
“Take time to get to know your camera inside and out," says Francesco Lagnese. It’s crucial to understand each setting and the specific purposes of each. And while learning, be patient with yourself. “If you are a first-time camera-user, do a test run in your neighborhood. Have fun with it, and make mistakes!” says Fishman, who recommends an entry-level Nikon or Canon DSLR with a zoom lens. “It’s best to start small, and you can always invest in a different lens or better camera later. Before buying, ask around and consult someone you trust rather than just the salesman at the store.”
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“Begin with the end in mind,” advises Fishman. “What will you do with your photos? Are you posting them on social media or printing them? Be sure to decide this before you shoot.” When on the ground, carry your camera with you everywhere during the trip. “You never know when an opportunity will present itself,” Fishman says. In addition, it is recommended to always have a second, fully charged battery and memory card on hand. Use a lens cloth and lens cap to avoid scratches; create a system of storing them so you know where everything is (pockets, flaps).
“You want to make the light work for you. This will either hinder or enhance an image,” advises Fishman. Mornings offer softer lighting, which is generally better for photos, though in the evening, the sun casts a glow, which can make for beautiful shots as well. “As they say, the early bird gets the worm,” says Francesco. When working with light, make use of filters, which can be useful to block out light (the UV filter helps with sun, while a polarizer shoots underwater). That said, "don't discount a cloudy day," notes Jessica Sample. "While they may not be the best for a landscape, clouds provide very soft and flattering portrait lighting." And when done properly, even shooting at night can render beautiful images: "About 20 minutes after the sun sets, the sky turns a bright blue," she says.
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