What to shoot when everything’s been shot to hell – Part II

This is the follow up on the first story : What to shoot when everything’s been shot to hell – Part I.
If you’ve forgotten what that was all about, it’s probably partly my fault for nat making it interesting enough, or you’ve got a cerebral flaw 😉

6.Shoot with a different accessory.

I’m thinking of lenses. Use the non-traditional lenses for traditional landmarks. Use ultra-wide angles, lensbabies,
grad filters, custom settings,…again, this is a completely autonomous decision. I like to use ultra-wide angles for thin object. Models etc…

lensbaby

Lensbaby

7. Shoot the Details

If you’re coming up to something huge, like say Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia which isn’t photographable in it’s whole due to external circumstances (like remodelings,…) shoot the details. You’re not going to get a clean shot of the building as a whole anyway, so just shoot some detail of it. Sometimes, details of buildings like inscriptions, gargoyles, …are way more interesting then the building as a whole, where you have less detail (unless you are shooting an H3DII, which I suspect you won’t be on a holiday.Unless you are insured up to your ears/an heir to a hotel chain)

Market Lights, Istanbul Turkey, Nikon dSLR, Sandisk Digital Film

8. Shoot with a prime. (No, not Optimus)

Prime lenses offer great advantages. They’re generally seen as sharper, need less light and so on but for many people it isn’t a lens of choice for travelling due to the lack of zooming capabilities. I always have one in my bag though. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8. It’s cheap, weighs around nothing and is tack-sharp. What does it do besides that? Something an expensive lens like a 24-70 f/2.8 won’t make you do : move around. Annie Leibovitz said it best : ‘The best tripod are my two legs.’ She might not have had the math down, but the idea remains solvent. Without the zoom, you’ll be forced to move around, and thus find an exciting viewpoint to snap your shot. Also, look up! Tons of interesting things are going on above you, and I’m not talking about the mile-high club. Building ornaments are often the most impressive up high!

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF-S DX

9. Shoot for HDR.

You might not get the chance often, but if you’re wandering in a city and don’t know what to shoot because it’s been shot to death, try shooting for HDR. Set your camera to bracketing mode, adjust your settings and find a makeshift tripod if you haven’t brought one. I found that stairs, walls and tables make for a great makeshift tripod. I like to shoot my HDR’s in a 2 stop increment, and end up with 3 files. Some people shoot in 5 files, but I think the difference is just too minimal and isn’t worth the extra files.

Also, when shooting HDR, it’s always great to have a remote to reduce camera shake. If you haven’t got a remote, use the timer function. It’s a free remote!

There’s one thing to remember though with HDR : Subtlety is key! Don’t over-do the effects in post-pro, you want to have an image with a broader-then-normal dynamic range, not a recruitment poster for Harry Potter.

10.Get that artsy shot.

Even if people might not get it (they probably won’t), don’t care about it and just shoot it. It’ll go in your personals, but who cares? It’s your photo, and not anyone else’s.

Jackson Pollock, MOMA-NYC, Nikon dSLR, Macro lens.

11. Don’t shoot it. At your own risk.
Make your own personal statement by  NOT shooting it. Protective headgear recommended.

So, these were just a few tips regarding travel photography that I like to use when travelling.

If you’ve got some more, I’d love to hear ‘em and post them in the comments!

If you’ve liked this, and want more, check out my Facebook page at facebook.com/morgan.moller and twitter.com/morganmoller and off course, the blog @ mmphoto.be

Cheers,

M.

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