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Are you traveling this year? Don’t forget to bring your camera!

When you’re planning a trip and looking to take a lot of photos, first do your research on the area you’re traveling to. A simple Google search will provide insight on landmarks and scenic places to explore, which you’ll definitely want to check out, but it’s also a good idea to reach out to friends or even other photographers who have visited. They could offer up some interesting suggestions beyond the obvious tourist attractions. Make a list of these locations and bring it with you (and keep adding to it!).
Once you’ve arrived at your destination and you’re ready to explore, you’ll want to pack a bag with your camera gear. I suggest traveling as lightly as possible, especially if you’re expecting to be out and about for several hours at a time. It’s best to use a backpack that’s durable and even weatherproof, and in that bag, you’ll need the body of your camera, and if possible, try to only bring one lens at a time. This will not only force you to get creative with your shots, but your back and shoulders will thank you for it as well! If you know you’ll be in a local area with a lot of people roaming around, try using a portrait prime lens (anywhere from a 35mm to an 85mm). If you’re photographing landscapes, try utilizing a wide lens or even a telephoto lens if you’re shooting something from far away. Additionally, you’ll also want several memory cards, an extra battery, and a cleaning cloth for your lens.

As you explore and shoot, play with composition as much as possible. Take a look at the scene in front of you. What are the most obvious photos you can take? Shoot these first. Now, start playing around with angles. Can you crouch down and shoot up at a building? What if you photograph a subject from behind? From the side? From up above? Can you climb a set of stairs or up a hill to get a different view? Can you ride a boat over a body of water and shoot your entire surroundings? Obviously, your options will depend on the sight you’re visiting, but don’t be afraid to get creative (but always prioritize your safety in unfamiliar territory)! 
Finally, try shooting in RAW file format (check your camera’s manual to find out how to adjust this setting). RAW photos contain all image data recorded by your camera’s sensor, which allows you to produce, edit, and print higher quality images. And when you’re traveling and take that breathtaking photo, you’ll definitely want to invest in a giant, framed print of it to display in your home! There’s nothing like looking at an image and being transported back to the moment you captured it.
Happy shooting!
 
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