What are recommended equipment and settings for travel photography?
Travel Photography Landscape Photography
January 13, 2017

We all try to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. We all travel through meandering roads, gorgeous lakes, and majestic beaches; with our cameras. Yes we will discuss travelling today.



I will get into some aspects of travel photography.

The gear: Get yourself a full frame dslr. It really helps. However, a crop sensor one will do well too. I carry with myself a 50mm/f1.4 fast prime lens for portraits of the locals, a wide angle lens (24mm) to get the landscapes covered and a telephoto lens (70-200mm) in case I am not able to get close to my subject. If possible, carry a polarizing filter and a ND filter with you. A polarizing filter will help in introducing sharp contrasts. A ND filter can be very useful while getting a portrait of locals in bright sunlight.

  • Travel photography is a lot about communications. It will not only require your knowledge of the camera, but also your knowledge of the place and the people. Hence communicating in the local language can be very handy. Talking to natives will help a great deal in knowing about the surrounding places. Study about the place so that your photographs will provide more insights.
  • Travel on offbeat routes – If you wander away from the popular tourist destinations and into the unknown, away from the places that are too familiar or comfortable, you will get a hang of the place and its beauty.
  • Get out there. The only way to determine the rhythm of life in a place, and to figure out what to shoot, is to feel it; experience it. Many places, particularly the hotter ones, are active early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The midday seems sleepy. Get up early, stay out late.



Let us discuss a few technical aspects now. While travelling, I will recommend the following settings:

The camera settings will vastly depend on the location and its surroundings.

While shooting landscapes, use your wide angle lens. The shutter and ISO settings will again depend on the amount of light available. The aperture can be widened in case there is a particular subject of significance in the foreground. If that is not the case, use a larger f-stop number.

Shutter speed – In case of long exposure travel photographs, leave your shutter open for up to 20-25 seconds. For a normal photograph, I use 1/50 second.

Auto Focus – Use the auto focus feature of your camera.



Once you start travelling you will get to learn that travel photography is not only about the settings of your camera. You will learn those if you click random photographs every day. Travel photography is about feeling the place, your first impression of the place, the roads, the natives, the temperature and a lot of other things. Remember, the first impressions come naturally and hence can ignite a lot of creative sparks within you which can lead to the invention of several new concepts and themes. Use those to create the fire within!

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