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.

Food Miles: How Far Does Your Food Travel Before You See It?

Food mileage is something that very few people consider when doing their normal grocery shopping. It’s a controversial issue among environmentalists and the green lobby since food miles are the distances that your food has to travel from source to you, the consumer. Whether you’re in the North America buying poultry from South East Asia, or in the Europe buying fruit from Africa, it’s extremely likely that the distance your food has travelled does not figure highly on your agenda when shopping despite the impact of food transportation on the environment and your grocery bill.

So are food miles important? If your food is being shipped over long distances, it’s highly likely that it’s being flown, driven or sea-freighted from one place to another. Every time you transport foodstuffs a carbon footprint is generated as a result of the CO2 produced by the transportation method. Consider also that the further food has to be transported, the more pollution is created, you can see very quickly why food miles become an important consideration, especially on a continental scale. Something must be done to control them.

The transportation of food is wholly driven by consumer demand. The demand for seasonal, locally grown and produced foods has diminished in favour of all-year-round availability of many staple foods, especially fruit and vegetables transported from countries that can grow traditionally seasonal produce all year round. Tackling the issue of food miles is no small task and will only happen through increasing awareness in consumers to achieve a long term change in the way people buy food and their attitude towards seasonal produce.

If consumers in the western world reconsider the use of produce within the season it is available, food mileage could be significantly reduced around the world, giving corresponding reductions in pollution and CO2 output.

So what can you as an individual do to reduce the food miles of your weekly shopping? When buying fresh produce, look the country of origin. This is usually marked on each pack. Consider whether you want or need to buy items that have come from the other side of the world, or whether there an alternative that might have come from closer to home is available. Getting a better view of what produce is seasonal produce and what is not, will allow you to choose more wisely what produce you buy at various times of the year to reduce the food mileage that you are responsible for.

You will have noticed that some foodstuffs become more expensive at different times of the year, a classic example being strawberries in winter time. What you are seeing when this happens is the effect of consumer demand for ut of season produce and the increased pricing premium that is caused by long distance transportation. Only by reducing global demand for food that has been transported across continents can there ever be hope of reducing the carbon footprint of our unreasonable appetite for well-travelled food.

Selling Your Hometown: Writing Travel Articles About Your Own Town

People love to travel. Whether it is to large, ancient cities visited by millions of tourists each year, or cosy little bread-and-breakfast towns-people love to go out into the world to discover what it has to offer. No wonder tourism makes a significant portion of the revenues of many towns.

If you’re looking to put your town on the map, writing travel articles is a great way to reach travellers. The birth and growth of the Internet has significantly changed the way we gather and disseminate information. These days, one can do a simple search for a holiday destination and be rewarded with literally millions of travel articles. The good news is, by the same vein, what you write about your hometown can reach thousands of readers from all over the world; it’s just a matter of great writing and proper marketing.

People read travel articles with a single goal: information. People love learning about their place of interest, and knowing what to expect when they get there. They appreciate recommendations on where to stay and what sites to see, events and activities they can participate in, great restaurants and the local delicacies, ‘what the town is famous for’, and other helpful information, including famous residents and sites of historical significance. The more someone can learn about your hometown, the more excited they will be about visiting this new place and the more comfortable they will feel about making the journey. Therefore, doing your research is important. The more information you have, the better you can sell your product.

When listing the selling points of your town in your travel articles, remember that people are multi-faceted. They have different interests and passions, and travel for different reasons. Towns or cities are the same-they all have different facets and points of interest. Many travel magazines and blogs ask for general information, whereas others prefer more-targeted, special-interest information, such as the local cuisine or local events and festivals. Providing the right information for the right market is therefore crucial. For example, when writing for budget travel magazines, consider giving recommendations on safe but affordable accommodations, great but cheap food, and free attractions.

However, as helpful as facts and figures are, what sells a destination is its unique charm and characteristics-a personality that is only its own-and the history and experiences it offers to visitors. As someone who loves your hometown, you are in the best position to tell the story of your town, make it come alive to your readers, and invite them to become part of it. Write passionately about what makes it unique and why you and your fellow residents love it, and you won’t help but produce a compelling article. What you do with it it then is up to you!