Capture Your Epic Road Trip Like a Pro with These Photo Tips
Lots of Americans are planning to hit the road this summer for long weekend getaways. To be exact, nearly three-quarters of Americans, according to the Travelzoo® Summer 2017 Travel Trends Survey, will be packing up and moving out over the open road for a little rest and relaxation this season. And, half of the travelers surveyed are hoping to make the number of long weekend road trips this summer greater than last year’s tally.
So, if you are driving the road trip bandwagon this summer, you’ll definitely want to know how to take amazing pictures of your epic adventure for posterity, social media, or just to aggravate the people you don’t like and would never invite on a road trip. Either way, taking great photos is a road trip rule.
Wanderlust Travel Magazine writer Steve Davey suggests first to determine what the road trip represents—it’s very essence—and then try to capture that on film. Is it a desert road? A busy highway? A nature scape? A shot of the smiling road trippers?
DigitalPhoto.com writer Rick Sammon advises that having a plan will go a long way in capturing shots that bathe awesome locations with the most favorable lighting. To help you figure out where the sun will be hitting, Sammon recommends using two apps: “Sun Compass” and “Sun Seeker,” which “show the position of the sun at different times of the day.” With the guidance from these apps, you’ll be able to plan your shooting schedule, too.
Even though great pics are important, don’t sacrifice too much of your road trip adventure for the perfect shot—do your best and work quickly, advises Davey.
Be aware of the weather, advises Sammon, who relies on a few weather apps when capturing his own road trip adventures. He recommends “WeatherBug” for local radars and “Dark Sky” for storm warnings.
Road trips offer ample opportunities for unusual subjects; Davey suggests keeping your eyes peeled for quirky signs, veering off the beaten path to explore less traveled roads, connecting with people along the way, and trying to frame your shots to reveal where you are in the world by including recognizable landmarks.
And last but not least, enjoy the journey and go with the flow. According to Sammon, the amount of fun you are having equals the joy you’ll feel snapping pictures.