Road trips are a great way to take some gorgeous photos while also making memories. In this video, Tajreen and Chloe of Tajreen&Co will give you some quick, but useful tips on how to capture your road trips and create more great content.
1. Shoot with what you have
When Tajreen and Chloe visited Joshua Tree and Big Bear, they shot with DSLRs, smartphones and Instax cameras. The point is – don’t obsess over your gear. If you need to pack light, then just bring your camera and one lens. Or if you need to pack really light, the phone will do as well.
2. Interact with your environment
Be natural, relax in the environment and allow yourself to interact with it and soak it in. And when you’re photographing your travel mates, let them do the same. Forget about constantly smiling and posing. Capture a range of emotions that occur naturally, and it will get your viewers more engaged.
3. Exaggerate your shots
In other words, play with angles and the point of view. Shoot from low angles to accentuate the background, and use wide-angle lenses to give the photos more context. Feel free to get silly with poses and step out of your comfort zone. This will make you have a good time and enjoy the shoot. Not all shots will be keepers, but those that will are gonna be more memorable and interesting.
4. Capture moments and emotions
There are many photos of sunsets, nice views, and landscapes, especially if you visit a popular destination. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take those as well, but Tajreen and Chloe advise to capture the feeling of being there. Capturing people’s emotions at a certain place will tell the viewers more than that you simply were there.
5. Plan it out
“When in doubt, plan it out.” It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can use Pinterest to create mood boards before you head to the road trip. This will inspire you in case you get stuck and give you some ideas on how to capture your surroundings and the emotions you have while you’re there.
Personally, I liked this video because it shares the tips I’d also give you myself. When photographing a road trip, I believe it’s best to make a balance between getting some memorable and fun shots for your personal archive, but also some splendid, emotional and unique images you’ll add to your portfolio once you come back home.
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