By Daniel Johnson
EVERY YEAR, MILLIONS of Americans put
a lot of effort into planning, saving and preparing for road trips. After all, traveling by
vehicle is a great way to see and enjoy this
beautiful country firsthand. With all of the
work that goes into a trip, you might want to
make an extra effort to ensure quality photos
that capture the memories.
Let’s take a look at a few tips for taking
great photographs of the beautiful landscapes
and scenery you’ll encounter along the way.
1. Have fun—don’t treat it like a chore
Photography shouldn’t be annoying. So if
you go into it with a negative mind-set (“I
guess I’d better take a photo of this, even
though it interrupts the trip”), you won’t enjoy
the process, you won’t put much effort into it
and your pictures might reflect your attitude.
Instead, give yourself a chance to discover
that taking pictures can actually help you
enjoy a location more than you normally
would. I find that when I’m photographing a
specific location, I pay more attention to the
small details, while at the same time more
closely observing and appreciating the location as a whole. Far from being a chore, photography can increase your road trip fun.
2. Keep the camera handy
If you’re going to use a smartphone as
your camera (see tip 5), you likely will have it
with you all the time. But if you’re taking
advantage of a dedicated camera (and I
encourage you to do so), keep it within easy
reach—not packed away in the back of the
vehicle next to the sleeping bags. If it’s easy to
take pictures, you will.
3. Seek the best view and lighting
Photographs usually turn out best when
you put more than a moment’s time and
thought into them. When you first view a
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Five tips for
photos on your
Watch for natural “leading lines”—
like this road—that you can utilize to
guide the viewer’s eyes into the photo.
trip with a