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Hey Photographer! It’s me, Lydia!

Summer is approaching again! How the heck is April nearly over already?
You’ve no doubt got your eye on some extravagant, tropical, or exotic travel plans for the season and we want to make sure you’re set up to take stunning shots everywhere you go!

I just got back from three weeks in Australia and New Zealand, so I’m chock full of ideas on this topic. Check out some of my favorite shots below. Send us yours for a chance to be featured on our Facebook page! (cathy@jpteachesphoto.com)

Play with different types of light. Bring a flash if you like, but I’m really talking more about natural light. Often, the light in different parts of the world looks and feels very different from what we’re used to in our home towns. In Australia I discovered new colors in the sunset, and different moods in the mornings. Challenge yourself to use the available light to your advantage.




Shoot LOTS. There’s nothing quite as fun as being in the moment in a new place, but sharing the images afterward once you get home is almost as great! Taking lots of shots will provide you with a wide selection, and you can pick your favorites once you’re home. Don’t worry about selecting the best shots or editing them on the trip. Stay in the moment and soak up your new-found surroundings.





Make portraits! Whether you’re traveling alone, with family and friends, or with a tour of strangers – do your best to make images of people. I got to photograph my family along the way, since this happened to  be a family vacation. Get brave and ask strangers on the street if you can take their picture! (don’t get attached to their answer, they’re allowed to say no!)



Try shooting in P mode. I LOVE Program mode for travel, especially on the days when I just want to walk through a new place with my camera. Think of this mode for snapshot-style shooting. You won’t need to control all the settings, but you’ll have just enough control to be creative with lighting and composition. Let the camera do some of the work for you so you can focus on catching incredible moments before they pass.



Remember that a photo is just a representation of your travel experience. You’ll never truly be able to capture a scene exactly as it felt to you in real life. Be generous with yourself as you make photos. Make the best images you can make, and don’t stress if they’re not exactly what you see with the naked eye. Be willing to be surprised by what your camera can produce!

Happy Shooting (and safe travels)


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