Tips For Taking Beautiful Travel Photos

Travel photography can be described in many ways, but for most people it simply entails getting memorable photographs of the things they experience as they explore the world. Travel photography includes such things as road trips, long vacations or trips within your own local area that require you to pack a bag and leave your house. Before you load up the car, take a look at these quick hints to help ensure your photographs turn out as great as your adventures.

Get the Right Gear

If you want to know what type of camera takes the most detailed and beautiful images possible it’s a large format camera. But if you want to go on a hike you’ll likely not want to pack an enormous 8×10 camera around with you for the day. Before leaving the house, take a realistic inventory of your gear and cross-reference it with your plans – anything that you won’t realistically need or that may become a burden should be left at home. For nearly every application, an SLR camera with one or two lenses and a backup battery should be more than sufficient.

Find Overlooked Beauty

So you flew all the way to Paris and you came back with pictures of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But the problem is so does everyone else who has ever been there. If you’re really interested in creating memorable and unique photographs, you need to be willing to get off the beaten path. Take a tour of obscure landmarks, or ask locals for advice on where to find the best sunrise in town. The world is beautiful and photography allows us to capture its beauty, but there are many amazing photographs being missed if you’re not actively exploring. Try finding new places and try to get lost in every place you see and you’ll likely find the hidden beauty just out of view.

Work Safe

In addition to bringing backup batteries, you should also be sure to have a few rolls of film (or an extra memory card). Another good idea is to always bracket your shots. Bracketing means shooting three photos instead of one; the first is shot at the recommended aperture, then the second and third are shot one setting too low and one too high. Travel photography is unique in that many of the photo opportunities you have will never be available to you again, so bracketing ensures you have a lot to work with when you get back home.

Share Your Story

Every time you go somewhere you should think of yourself as an ambassador to the place you’re visiting. Picture that your photo editor has given you an assignment to tell a story with the photos from your trip. Every picture you take while you’re on your trip is part of a greater story of your overall vacation. Whenever you can, try to have every picture have meaning and represent a part of your trip. For instance, a good theme for shooting in the desert would be isolation, while celebration would be great for a place full of people. You should always have some kind of connecting line between your pictures.

Without a doubt, travel photography is one of the most fun photography niches to focus on. You get to work hard doing what you love and creating beautiful images, all while exploring some of the most interesting places on Earth. As long as you take pictures with a purpose and use the right gear, your friends will likely be admiring your travel photos for many years to come. Just remember to take a little time to enjoy the experience while you’re there; it’s easy to get caught up in the camera and completely miss the joy of the trip.

Cruising Tips – Should You Book A Cruise On The Internet?

Cruising is one hell of a traveling experience; I find it to be a unique mode of traveling. So finally if you have decided to go on a cruise and you are worried about how to book it then worry not. There are many ways through which you can book a cruise, but many people are scared whether they will be able to book it properly or not.

Here are some tips for the beginners to make the cruise booking process go easily.

A Travel Agent Can Be Of Great Help?

When booking a cruise you get a lot of options you can book the cruise directly with the cruise line, or you can pay a travel agent to book it for you. The best option is to book your cruise thorough a travel agent who will take care of everything including the legal work and get you the best price. Even if you don’t have knowledge of booking a cruise a travel agent can help you with all the formalities.

Knowledge

When booking a cruise online through a travel agent, you get access to years of experience and knowledge that can assist you in selecting the right cabin and cruise. The benefits of booking through a travel agent are far more like travel agents know if there are any rule changes on the cruise line, so when you board that cruise, you don’t get any surprises. They also have the leverage to take a personal inspection of ships giving them a proper insight to a variety of ships and their facilities.

Price

There is a common myth that using booking online will cost you far more than booking a cruise yourself. In reality, it’s the opposite. Travel agents from big agencies have hundreds of groups on different cruises. They can easily book you into these groups at the given group rate which is not available to general public. They also get daily emails from the cruise lines informing them of different promotions and offers. By booking through a them, you can make get hold of the best deals through these promotions.

Save Time

Using an online booking agency, can save you a lot of time that you may have used in searching for a cruise yourself. You can tell the agent what you are looking for and they will get back to you with several different options. They will ask for your interests, expectations and hobbies and find you the best fit for your budget.

Free Upgrades

While the cruise lines don’t give any details about which cabin they choose for getting a free upgrade, my years of experience in the cruise industry have led me to understand that booking through large agencies can get you more upgrades. Again, I don’t have insider information about this, but this is what I have mostly experienced. Booking through them will get you good chances of getting an upgrade rather than those who book online themselves.

Pinoy, Biyahe Tayo!

The Good News

Grab your Philippine passport and start travelling to almost 50 countries of the world – NO VISA! Yep, you read that right! Filipinos, being citizens of the third-world, experience the ordeal and nightmare of getting that VISA to travel almost anywhere around the world freely. Why not skip the drama and start with VISA-free countries – there’s quite a lot of them, really! If you hold a Philippine passport, you are entitled for a borderless travel to several countries without visa or issued right at the airport. Ready?

The Nightmare

It’s a typical scenario for a Pinoy to get that awful “Denied” stamp on his passport after queueing up all day for the visa processing. This is very true to all the third world countries. It became a stereotype to refer to poor countries as “third world” because most of them were extremely poor, and non-industrialized. The so-called “core” countries created borders somewhat separating them to the “periphery” countries in the world system. Hence, you need to get the VISA to travel, literally, almost everywhere, apart from having the passport issued by your own country.

Border-Free

While major countries stick to their border rules, strictly and religiously, there are some countries who have made visa arrangements or visa exemptions for nationals visiting with genuine purpose of tourism or even for business. Ecuador, for example, has one of the most lenient visa policies in the world as most visitors are not obliged to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days. Some countries also issue visas upon arrival or right at the airport.

Borderless Travel for Filipinos

Philippine Passport holders, of course, can enjoy almost 50 countries of the world on a visa-free trip. Here’s a partial list:

Country Notes

1 Anguilla 4 WEEKS

2 Bolivia 59 DAYS

3 Brazil 90 DAYS

4 Brunei Darussalam 14 DAYS

5 Cambodia 21 DAYS

6 China Issued at PORT OF ENTRY (Hong Kong/Macau)

7 Colombia 90 DAYS

8 Costa Rica 30 DAYS

9 Cook Islands 31 DAYS

10 East Timor Visa on arrival

11 Equador 90 DAYS

12 Fiji no visa

13 Haiti 3 MONTHS

14 Hong Kong Sar 14 DAYS

15 India Visa on arrival (30 days)

16 Indonesia 30 DAYS

17 Iran Visa on arrival

18 Israel Visa on arrival

19 Korea 30 DAYS Jeju Island

20 Lao 30 DAYS

21 Macau 30 DAYS

22 Maldives 30 DAYS

23 Marshal Islands Visa on arrival

24 Micronesia 21 days

25 Mongolia 21 DAYS…

That’s just 25 of them. You can find the complete list, requirements and sources here. Indeed, it pays to know you’re privileged! Happy Trip!