Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Seven Tips For Awesome Road-Trip Pictures
Hit The Highway For Photographic Freedom
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Weather plays a very important part in the success of your road trip photographs. Watch and track the weather very carefully on your mobile device or on your computer when you are in your hotel room. Check out www.weather.com to help you plan your shoots.
4 Near Tutumcari, N.M.. Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm lens.
5 Angel's Barber Shop, Seligman, Ariz., Canon 6D, Canon 24-105mm IS lens.
5. TELL THE WHOLE STORY
When traveling, try to "tell the whole story" of your trip. That includes taking wide-angle shots, close-ups and people pictures. I like to photograph the interesting people I meet on road trips, as these pictures can make a story come alive with a face and personality. This is a photograph of Angel Delgadillo, the "guardian angel of Route 66." He was given that title because he was one of the movers behind the creation of Historic Route 66.
6 Near Tutumcari, N. M., Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm lens.
I suggest downloading your images daily, and selecting your favorite images for each day. Label those "best of" images or put them in a folder. That way, you'll be all caught up when you return home, where you can work on your favorite images in the digital darkroom. Back up your pictures in at least two places. On the road, I save files on my laptop and on a portable hard drive.
7. BE FLEXIBLE
"If you are not having fun, you are doing something wrong." That's one of my favorite quotes, because it's so true. On your road trip, focus on having a ton of fun. The more fun you have, the more you'll enjoy your photo experience, which will result in a high percentage of "keepers."
7 Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, Ariz., Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm lens.
Our friend Rick Sammon is a regular contributor to this magazine. For more of his work, check out his website at www.ricksammon.com.
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