Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Remain Calm and Steady for great Travel Photos

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/22, 1.1 sec
One of the things many people decide to leave at home when traveling is there tripod. However, this is one of the most useful tools when traveling for this photo for example. I was able to stop down the lens to an aperture of ƒ/22 to then create a star effect from the lights.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/35
The lower photograph doesn't have the star effect due to the shallow DOF [Depth-of-field].

One of my favorite thing to do in new locations is to shoot sunrises and sunsets. Just as fun is those photos just after the sunsets like the ones here that you can still see some blue sky.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/30
You can see some in our group using the tripod to get their shot. I recommend carrying a cable release or to use about a second delay timer to trip the shutter so you do not introduce any camera movement when firing the camera.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 200, ƒ/3.2, 1/5
Here the shutter speed is 1/5 of a second which made the people in the train station in Lisbon, Portugal blur. In this situation I put the camera on a column to keep the camera perfectly still.

My recommendation is to find a tripod that folds up very small and yet will go up pretty high to around eye level when standing. They make carbon fiber tripods that are very light and just as good but not quite is light is some of the aluminum made tripods.