I recently watched an online video course about the basic principles of travel photography and how you deal with photography as an ordinary traveller who primarily goes out for leisure. This input was from David Hobby who is a professional travel photographer for more than two decades.
What I really enjoyed about all the topics is the fact that travel photography, and taking awesome travel pics, doesn’t require much. As usual, it’s all about the basics.
Here’s my basic takeaway: Don’t stress yourself!
That’s right. I have seen people being totally stressed in one of the most beautiful spots in the world who literally didn’t enjoy a single minute of those views and places just because they were too worried that their photos don’t be a perfect shot for their Instagram feed and 200 or 300 followers. Additionally, I have also seen people being totally stressed and overwhelmed because they had this sense of urgency and need to see as many places and sights as possible, just to take some photos and selfies.
But what’s the point after all? Are you then really trying to enjoy and experience new places, new cultures, new people, or do you follow the social pressure to impress other people who – more or less – give a damn about you anyway?
Don’t limit your joy, fun, excitement and happiness just because you take a few photos. The best shots are still those where you put your emphasis not on the photos but on the moments you spend time, with the people you care and love to create unique and last-longing memories.
Choose a dedicated time frame where you go out and take some photos. Where you are able to switch your role as a traveller to that of a travel photographer. But don’t overwhelm yourself with the artificial need to create “awesome” stuff.
If you keep that in mind, you will create the best shots. And potentially a trophy picture that you can use as a poster for your living room or your office space.