Thursday, July 11, 2013

Seven Tips For Awesome Road-Trip Pictures

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.
3) Albuquerque, N.M., Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm.

3. RENT THE RIGHT CAR

Different road trips require different vehicles. On our Route 66 road trip, we rented a cool Dodge Challenger that added to the feeling of the awesome road trip. The car was perfect for us, but it would be totally the wrong choice for a road trip to the American Southwest that requires a lot of off-road driving. In that case, a four-wheel drive vehicle would be a good choice. When renting, consider mileage, and how gas costs will affect your travel budget.

4) Near Tutumcari, N.M.. Canon 6D, Canon 17-40mm lens.

4. WATCH THE WEATHER

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.

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.
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