Thursday, July 11, 2013

Seven Tips For Awesome Road-Trip Pictures

Comedian Steven Wright said, "Everything is within walking distance, as long as you have time."
By Rick Sammon Published in Shooting
1) Tutumcari, N.M., Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm lens.
1) Tutumcari, N.M., Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm lens.
During your road trip, your smartphone's map app can help you determine drive times between destinations, but before you leave home, I recommend preplanning a basic day-by-day, hour-by-hour schedule.

There are also apps for specific locations, such as National Parks, major cities, popular beaches, Route 66 (we used the Historic Route 66 and Road Trip 66 apps) and the like, that offer good photo and destination information. These apps are great onsite—if you have service on your mobile device. Of course, printed books work even where there's no service. On our Route 66 road trip, we had a good book that we referred to daily, Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion. So, I recommend traveling with both apps and books.

Need some photo ideas? Check out This is a cool website that features pictures uploaded by photographers, amateur and pro. You'll see some amazing photographs of your destination—almost any destination.

2) Tutumcari, N.M., Canon 6D, Canon 14mm lens.


After you plan your destinations, make a checklist of the gear you'll need to get great shots. I'm a big believer in not overpacking, and that goes for camera gear and clothes. Travel light is my motto.

Having the right lenses is essential for capturing your vision. Sometimes, as was the case on our Route 66 trip, only wide-angle lenses are needed. Most of my pictures in this article were taken with my Canon 17-40mm lens and Canon 24-105mm lens. For special effects, you may need a fish-eye, such as a 15mm or 14mm lens. For far-off-the-road shots, you'll need a telephoto zoom, perhaps a 70-200mm or 100-400mm lens.

Having the right clothes is very important, too. If you're not comfortable, you'll probably not do your best work. Before you leave home, check the daily high and low temps, as well as weather conditions.
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