Focus on Travel Photography

Book description

Author Haje Jan Kamps knows that you are travelling for two good reasons: to experience great things, and to get great photos of your travels. He also understands very well how people's eyes tend to glaze over when phrases like "Circles of Confusion" or the "Inverse Square Law" are brandished about, and focuses instead on great photographs, and how to take them. A realistic and easy-to-follow approach to travel photography puts the fun back into photography, and by following a series of simple exercises, you'll learn much more about photography than you would have thought possible!


Focus on Travel Photography covers the basics of photography in brief before throwing itself into the real essence of travel photography: landscapes, people, and capturing the spirit of your destination. Finally, the author explores how you can download, edit, and distribute your photos while you're on the move-all without being over-burdened with equipment. 

Table of contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. The Focus On Series
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Dedication
  7. Contents
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. About the Author
  10. Chapter 1: Introduction to Travel Photography
    1. Two ways of travelling
    2. The traveler who takes photos
    3. The photographer who travels
    4. How to become a luckier photographer
    5. Planning ahead
    6. Let’s take a closer look at “luck”
    7. “This photo is good. How can I make it better?”
    8. Analyzing your own photos
    9. Thinking about your safety and security
    10. Violent crime
    11. Your most valuable possessions
    12. Insurance
    13. Remember to put down your camera!
  11. Chapter 2: Equipment for the Road
    1. Choosing a camera body
    2. Compact cameras
    3. Bridge cameras
    4. EVIL camera bodies
    5. SLR camera bodies
    6. Lenses
    7. Tripods for travel
    8. Lighting equipment on the move
    9. Computer equipment for travel
  12. Chapter 3: Basics of Travel Photography
    1. What could possibly go wrong?
    2. Exposure explained
    3. Equivalent exposures
    4. Shutter speeds and freezing motion
    5. Aperture and depth of field
    6. Using ISO to its full effect
    7. Exposure modes
    8. Choosing a metering mode
    9. File formats: Shoot in RAW!
    10. The X-ray machine: Are we worried?
    11. Customs: A problem?
  13. Chapter 4: Landscapes and Vistas
    1. The philosophy of landscape photography
    2. Are all landscape photos in landscape format?
    3. The straight and narrow: Thinking about your horizon
    4. Exploring depth of field in landscape photography
    5. Overview shots
    6. Using strong lines in landscape photography
    7. Close-ups and context
    8. The color and direction of light
    9. Following (and breaking) the rule of thirds
    10. Nighttime photography
    11. Panoramas
    12. An illustration of scale
    13. Urban landscape photography
  14. Chapter 5: Photographing People on the Move
    1. Ethics of photographing people
    2. Encouraging people to pose
    3. People in everyday life: Street photography
    4. Head to the marketplace for instantly great travel photos
    5. Simplifying your composition
    6. Lighting for people: Natural light
    7. Group portraits
    8. Fill flash
    9. Silhouettes
    10. Sports photography
  15. Chapter 6: Capturing the Spirit of Your Destination
    1. Telling a story with your photos
    2. Keeping a visual travel diary
    3. Adding context to your photographs
    4. Capturing historical buildings and photographing architecture
    5. Photographing in museums
    6. Photographing in houses and locations of worship
    7. Taking photos of food and drink
  16. Chapter 7: Wildlife Photography
    1. Thinking about what to pack for   wildlife photography
    2. Practical considerations   
    3. Macro wildlife   
    4. Photographing big cats   
    5. Photographing birds   
    6. Underwater photography
  17. Chapter 8: The Mobile Digital Darkroom
    1. A laptop for photo editing on the road
    2. Other accessories for digital editing
    3. Choosing the right software   
    4. Photography workflow
    5. Evaluating and editing your photos   
    6. Editing your photos: Cropping
    7. Editing your photos: Color balance
    8. Editing your photos: Contrast and saturation
    9. Editing your photos: Black and white Stitching Panoramic photographs
  18. Chapter 9: Sharing and Showing Off Your Travel Photos
    1. Keeping a travel blog
    2. Sharing your photos online
    3. Printing your photos
    4. Photo gifts
  19. Index

Product information

  • Title: Focus on Travel Photography
  • Author(s): Haje Jan Kamps
  • Release date: September 2012
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781136108778