Scott Stulberg shares two professional tips that will help you create amazing travel shots
If you want to create extraordinary travel shots, it’s always a good idea to master the secrets of the pros. I asked Scott Stulberg to share a few things our listeners could do to improve their travel photography success.
Less is More
Scott Stulberg: I definitely suggest packing less when you’re a travel photographer. Try to pack less gear. Most people pack too much gear, no matter where they’re going. It’s either camera gear, clothes, junk, or whatever. They pack too much so they’re traveling with all of this gear and it’s really annoying.
Make lists. I always have checklists. I write down what I forgot and then what I don’t need for the next trip. Keeping checklists is really nice and if you think you might not need something, then you probably won’t need it.
Even if you needed it once, you probably could have got by without it. I try and pack as little as possible so that I can get in and out of taxis quick and in and out of the airport quick. It’s also much easier when I’m moving around.
Another important tip is to bring along business cards to show that you’re legitimate. It helps so much to make you look like you’re legitimate. It goes a long way in getting people to want to pose for you and they are also a great way to have somebody get a hold of you in the future.
Bringing business cards makes it look like you are a better travel photographer and people will probably trust you more. They’ll open up more to help you out.
Be a Tripod When You Don’t Have One
The last thing would be try and learn is how to hold the camera better so it’s not shaking when you can’t use a tripod. Either have IS or VR on, or learn how to hold it in a way where you can hold your elbow against your chest while you’re shooting. It eliminates a lot of the shake.
When you see a lot of photographers that know what they’re doing, when they don’t have a tripod, especially sports photographers, they have their left hand on the left side of the camera but it’s leaning against their chest. That supports it like a mini tripod.
Whatever you can do to get a sharper picture is the name of the game. If you try to cross your eyes and look at anything, all of a sudden you get a headache. The same thing applies to looking at a photograph. If you look at a photograph that’s the least bit blurry, people don’t want to look at it. It gives them an instant, “Ugh, I have to move.”
It’s just something psychological with it, so the sharper the picture, the more someone’s going to really be into that shot and the more you’re going to have a chance of probably winning a contest, impressing your friends, getting published, or whatever.
Sharpness is the name of the game when it comes to photography, more than anything else. Obviously lighting and composition and other things play a role, but if you’re shot’s blurry, no one is going to want to look at that image. Those are just a few things people can work on.
When I asked Scott Stulberg for a few tips to help improve our listeners travel photography skills, I thought he’d talk about shooting techniques or exercises. Instead Scott tells us that the best way to improve your travel photography experiences and your travel shots in general is to pack light, keep it professional and when a tripod isn’t handy, use your body instead.