Photoshop and Lightroom/CameraRAW have a great way to control colours in your images: vibrance. What vibrance does is to enhance the saturation of desaturated colours in your image, leaving alone already saturated colours. What it doesn’t is to add colour variation.
Deciding what to put in your travel camera bag can be a daunting task. In this field, there’s a law that always apply: the Murphy’s law. What we can do is choosing the gear to bring with a little planning, just to minimize the Murphy’s law effect. We can’t just avoid it!
During our travel planning series, we have crafted a well thought travel shot list. With this shot list in mind, we can start to think what gear will be necessary to our purpose.
Crafting a photo shot list is the next step after you have studied your Travel Photography destination using guidebooks, you have tuned your expectations, and you have hired a fixer. By now you should know I’m fond of planning when it comes to Travel Photography. I want to know almost exactly what I’m going to shoot, but this doesn’t mean my photo shot list is carved in stone, in fact, I always try to be adaptable to the situation.
When you have an idea of what you intend to do in the country you’re going to shoot, it’s time to hire a fixer or find a travel companion. Depending on the area you’re going, you can easily feel overwhelmed, and the help of a local can be invaluable for your Travel Photography.
A fixer is a person who helps you get around safely. She speaks the local language, and she can serve as a translator. If you can’t speak the a language, a translator becomes crucial in boosting your Travel Photography productivity.
In the first part of the travel planning series, we discussed how guidebooks are the first step in the preparation process. By now you should have a draft of your trip schedule. The next step is forming an idea of what we should expect to find when we arrive at our travel destination. The best way to develop this idea is to look at what other photographers have already done.
When you book an assignment or simply choose to work on your personal Travel Photography project, begins the process of travel planning. The travel planning process can take from a few days to several months, depending on the destination and your knowledge of it.
A reportage of your home town—a place you should know inside out—will certainly require less travel planning than an expedition to Antarctica. For the sake of this little article, I’ll omit the extremes, particularly the “Antarctica” one, which would require an entire book to explain.