Whether you are documenting the hills of China, the deserts of Bolivia or the skyscrapers of a busy downtown Vancouver, travel photography can come in many different shapes and sizes. Documenting the elements of the world around when you are traveling around the world can highlight corners of the earth that can go unseen by a larger population. This may be the most inspiring and appealing characteristic of travel photography, for the audience and the photographer! Static Photography photographer Kris Krug often sets out with his camera on his travels, capturing the cultural and natural landscape of the world around him.
Anyone can delve into the world of travel photography by simply documenting their experience wherever they are in the world. Sometimes the idea of travel photography can seem daunting or time-consuming but really it is quite simple. Simply getting outside, walking around, taking a train and documenting the experience can be simplest introduction to globetrotting discoveries!
Travel photography really is for everyone, whether they dream big or small. In an awesome
effort to get more people talking about travelling, sharing their experiences and capturing the beautiful spectrum of our world, American Express has created a contest that caters to all of the big dreams in the budding travel photographer in all of us.
All you have to do is submit one of your most memorable photos from a recent trip (in your town or halfway around the world) along with a short description of the photo plus your ideal dream travel adventure. With enough votes you could win $10,000 in American Express travel gift certificates to make it all an actual reality! Talking about dreaming big with a camera in your hand… Head to the American Express Facebook page to submit your photo and enter the contest.
So start prepping your camera, sorting through your photos and setting your eyes to the sky because soon your biggest travel photography dreams are about to come true!
Here are some basic into travel photography tips for documenting your journeys wherever they may take you:
1. Change your perspective. Swing high, get low. If you usually shoot at one level, try getting down low or standing on something really high. It's amazing what getting down on the ground with camera can do for catching interesting and new point of views.
2. Capturing the reaction. Sometimes it can be great to focus on events as they are happening but the real excitement can be seen in those around you who are viewing it as it as happening. People tend to give the best emotive qualities and can also showcase a cultural side of traveling that is unseen in landscapes.
3. Take photos everyday! Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. Always shoot while you are traveling. You
never know what you are you gonna to catch with your camera!
Kris is doing a series of short blog posts helping American Express promote this travel photography contest.