7 Travel Photography Tips from People Who Do It For a Living

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Have a Sunset Strategy

“The sunset is everyone’s favorite thing to photograph, so it can be a challenge to make your shots stand out,” says Eric Rubens. “When shooting at the beach, the key is to check the tides and check the skies. Low tides mean access to remote parts of the coast that most people can’t get to. This is when you’ll find those hard to reach coves and caves that will give you some really unique perspectives. Then I check the clouds. Wispy clouds emphasize color much better than a clear sky will. So if you see low tides and a sky full of wispy clouds, get your camera out, because you’re looking at the winning recipe for a great sunset shot.”

Get to Know the Locals

“Whether it’s capturing portraits of your new acquaintances or getting the local scoop on secret spots, communicating with strangers can lead to a whole host of photographic opportunities,” says Chase Guttman, three-time Young Photographer of the Year and author of The Handbook of Drone Photography. So how should you make that first connection? Guttman suggests opening in a language that everyone understands. “A smile goes a long way in breaking the ice and relating to someone in a foreign environment.”

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