During my first visit to the city, I was caught totally off guard.  A protest had shut down the highway between the airport and the capital city.  The driver carefully navigated the car down a slippery slope to go around the protestors only to met with another large group of protestors right near the hotel.

I was a bit shocked and uncomfortable at first, but once I ventured out on foot I realised there was no harm in my way.

Buenos Aires offers photographers splendid scenes to visit and  photograph.  There is a European feel to some of the architecture complete with a café culture.  You’ll find tango in the streets and in theatres.  Colorful buildings dot grand avenues while modern architecture seems confined along the harbour.  And if you want to visit the departed, Recoleta Cemetery is not to be missed.

One word of caution for any visitor – Be Aware.  Be mindful of the people around you and keep your valuables in a safe place.  My best suggestion is don’t wear flashy jewelry, don’t carry a large bag and be really careful with your expensive iPhone or camera.  Pickpockets and thievery are  unfortunately common in Buenos Aires.

The travel video in this blog post highlights some of the best Buenos Aires has to offer.  Each image was captured with my iPhone as sometimes the mobile device is easier to use than a DSLR.

Travel: it opens up new possibility, refreshes our perspective, and enriches a connection with the world around us. And whether you’re hopping on a plane for a worldwide journey, or exploring your own backyard with a newfound appreciation — you’ll want to take note of these travel photo tips.   The only gear that’s needed?   That trusty iPhone camera of yours.

:: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP ONE

Focus On Color

Colour is everywhere and if you are drawn to colourful scenes you then are well ahead of me in this lesson.  You can be very creative and add a huge splash of interest to your photos by utilising colour.  

Bright primary colours tend to attract the eye especially when they are contrasted with a complementary hue.   Take advantage of colour when you can.  And remember, when composing a photo try to incorporate more than one element of the composition.  The possibilities are endless.  Your creativity and imagination should run wild.  Good photo composition is not difficult.  It is simply using your own eye to make stunning photographs.

:: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP TWO

Look For Lines

A poorly composed photograph can leave your viewers unsure where to look.  Their attention might drift aimlessly around the scene in a photo without ever finding a clear focal point.  The viewer doesn’t know where to look.

How can you fix this?  You can use lines to control the way people’s eyes move around a picture Yes, lines.

Lines are going to be present in your work no matter what you do, so it’s all about taking control of them so that they serve the purpose of leading a viewer into your photograph.

The next time you are out with your camera, take a look around you first.  Are there any lines or paths that your eye naturally follows to lead you to the main subject?  If so, you should consider backing up from your subject to include them.  A line can be anything your eye will follow.  

Leading lines can be roads, lines of cropped grass, anything repetitive, buildings going up, a row of flowers, a wall,  – anything that guides the eye to the focus of your photos.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP THREE

Make A List

Just as you might make a list of places you want to see and visit while you’re travelling, make a list of the sights you want to photograph.

I have a comprehensive list of  places to photograph in London.  The list consists of all the interesting London places to photograph for an upcoming book.  I go to a particular place on the list, capture images, review the images and return to the same place, if my images aren’t satisfactory.

As you travel you don’t have the luxury of time like I have in London.  Be sure to spend enough time in a place so you capture the best possible images.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP FOUR

Make weather Your Friend

When you look out your window and see stormy weather of any kind, you might be disappointed.  You might think today is not the day to go out and about with your camera.

On the contrary, stormy weather like rain, fog and snow enables you to capture images of iconic places that haven’t been captured before.  No two storms are alike.  A moody photograph of the Eiffel Tower or the Chrysler Building might be the coolest photos ever taken.

Don’t let bad weather deter you from taking your incredible travel photos.  Instead, let crappy weather lead you onto the streets with a new set of photographic eyes.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP FIVE

LET MOTION AND BLUR BE YOUR FRIENDS

Motion and motion blur can add vitality to your travel photos.  If you’re capturing a photograph of a street scene and a bus or car passes by but they are blurry, that’s cool.

Light streams are fantastic composition elements to include in your travel photos.  In fact, it takes a bit of effort to master light trails from moving cars.  For me, London and motion go hand in hand as the city is so full of energy.

You might also find people walking down the street create a blur.  If your image is crystal clear except for the movement of people, you have a super travel photo.  It’s a keeper.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP SIX 

PAY ATTENTION TO PERSPECTIVE

Most people take their photographs standing upright.  Most people also put their subject directly in the middle of the photo frame.  Avoid both common photo composition mistakes.

Place your subject to the left or right of center and your travel photo will improve drastically.  Also think about getting down on the ground, finding higher ground, turning sideways, jumping in the air and anything else you can do to capture your image from a different perspective.  Unique angles matter.  When you’re trying to capture a photo of a familiar scene that’s been photographed a million times, unique angles matter even more.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP SEVEN

KNOW WHEN TO GO

How many times have you been anxious to photograph a particular scene only to find  hundreds of other people at the very same place?  This has happened to me countless times.

Do a little research to know the busiest times of your destination.  Once you know when crowds are less likely, that’s your time slot.  Go to your site with your camera when fewer people are around and you’ll avoid needless frustration.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TIP EIGHT

DON’T BE AFRAID OF SHADOWS

Shadows can also be used for a simple but dramatic effect.  Shadows tend to give a feeling of anticipation and often a cinematic effect, which is a good thing.  Don’t shy away from shadows.  Experiment and learn to use them to your advantage for a strong photo composition.

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