Photography Travel Tips
By: Jack Davis, Professional Photographer & Digital Artist
You know those moments with family, friends, or all by yourself on a pristine beach that remind you how wonderful life can be? Those moments are easy to remember…but, thanks to nature’s reflector (sand) and harsh lighting, they’re tough to make look good on film.
Award-winning photographer, instructor, and digital artist Jack Davis — who, by the way, visits the beach every day outside his Southern California home — has some tips for the next time you travel.
1. Search for a Meaningful Moment or Subject, Not Just A Beautiful Destination
Find an interesting subject, then use a macro camera setting or creative smartphone app to isolate shells, jellyfish, driftwood, rocks or any detail that makes a specific location special.
2. Timing is Everything
In the late spring and summertime, shooting before 10 in the morning or after 4 in the afternoon will give you the best light for your photos and avoid the shadows of the mid-day.
3. Find Reflections
Try aiming your camera at wet sand or puddles and search for an interesting subject in the reflection.
4. Don’t Fear the Weather
What most people forget is that clouds, rain and wind-whipped seas can create the most dramatic images (and unique memories of time spent off the sand), while fog and haze can add a special softness and mystery to any image.
5. Turn ON the Flash When Bright or Backlit
Let your camera work with you, rather than against you; make sure you are shooting at an angle that will make the sun your ally.
6. Shoot Silhouettes
Position yourself so your subject’s shadow falls directly on your camera, thus creating a beautiful halo effect! This works for smartphone users as well.
7. Consider Composition
Don’t position your subject at the center of your image. Instead, imagine your frame is a 3x3 grid and place your subject at one of the junctions of the intersections.
To find out more about Jack, go to his CreativeLive course page, where you can learn about his upcoming course, Wow Creative Photography.