Many people tend to think they can take a half decent photograph. With the development of digital technology complete with automatic composition, aperture settings and exposure times, the art of photography and the skill needed to take the perfect picture has become a little lost. Most professional photographers say that anyone could realistically take an average photograph if they have a decent lens and don’t get the shakes when releasing the shutter button.
However, it takes a great deal more skill and knowledge to be able to take the photographs seen in National Geographic or within the Lonely Planet guidebooks. The idea of becoming a professional travel photographer is many people’s idea of a dream career. Filled with wanderlust, you could venture from country to country, selling your awesome shots along the way. If this sounds like an adventure you could see yourself embarking on, take a look at how you can break into the world of travel photography.
Get Clued Up
You may already have a DSLR and know your way around its functions, but it still pays to read up on the style of photography you want to become a master at. For a little effort and at no cost, you could take a digital photography crash course covering the history of photography, the equipment you will need as well as other tips and hints to tweak your photography style. By doing one of these online tutorials, you’ll be taking on board a wealth of photography knowledge that you didn’t even know existed.
It goes without saying that to build up a portfolio, you need to get travelling. Choose your destinations and take your trusty camera with you wherever you go. You want to steer clear of the usual tourist haunts and venture to areas that are little photographed. If you venture to Nepal, think about heading to the foot of the Himalayas and spending some time with local families and document their daily life through photographs. If the beach scene is more your thing, consider photographing an event such as the Rio Carnival or the Australian Surfest. It’s vital that you have a rough idea of the shots you want to capture before hot footing it half way around the world. However, don’t forget the best photo you ever capture may a simple, spontaneous point and shoot shot.
You need to get noticed in an already competitive field. You are not the only new talent wanting to break through into the travel photography realm. Enter competitions to try and get yourself noticed. The winners and runners up of the annual National Geographic competition or any national newspaper photography competition can become household names overnight. This exposure can secure you contracts with major publications, funding your travels and allowing you to make travel photography a full-time dream job.
You do need a natural aptitude and flair for photography to make it as a travel photographer. With commitment, drive, skill and a good eye, you will be able to immerse yourself into the destinations you venture to, document your travels and build up a portfolio that you can be proud of.