A Guide to Travel Photography – Part 1 [Gear, locations, things to keep in mind]
A Guide to Travel Photography – Part 1 [Gear, locations, things to keep in mind]

(upbeat rock music) – What’s going on, guys,
my name is Chris Hau, and on today’s episode
we’re gonna be talking about my favorite thing, travel photography. And what we’re gonna be
chatting about specifically is anything from gear to my
philosophy while traveling and what I hope that you get out of it by the end of this tutorial is not only better photos and
a better travel experience but that the photo that you look back on once the trip is done will actually like ignite some memories, bring back some nostalgia, versus just another
pretty landscape photo. So let’s dive a little
bit into this tutorial. And one of my favorite things about travel photography specifically is that it covers almost every
single genre of photography, from landscape, portrait and people, street photography, food photography, architecture, and so on and so forth. So ultimately travel photography is one of the best ways to hone in on your craft and your skill set. You will get better by
traveling and taking photos. So this is an important note. These are not universal truths, the tips that I’m gonna
be talking about next, it’s just things that I found has made my travel experience better, and hopefully will improve
your photos on your next trip. Number one, before we get into
the meat of this tutorial, you have to set
expectations with the group that you’re traveling with. Not everybody is a photographer. If you’re traveling with
other photographers, that’s an amazing experience, but not everybody wants to make photos the priority of their trip. So set expectations that
it is a priority for you so that hopefully they’ll
want to jump on board, or that you have the free time to go and shoot those photos. All right, let’s quickly chat about gear. It obviously varies from person to person. We’re just gonna be chatting
about my kit, specifically. Camera body. I bring the Sony a7R3. It’s 42 megapixels. That means I can actually
blow those pictures up and print them down the line. I also can like crop them if there’s like a moose in it, and I just wanna, boom, get the moose. The moose is a recurring
theme on this channel. All right, let’s chat about lenses. The first lens, the 16
to 35 f/2.8G master lens. This is great for landscape and portraits. Next lens is I usually bring a prime. Now, it varies from trip to trip. I go anywhere from like a 35 mil or a 50 millimeter or an 85 millimeter, depending on what I think
the location will have. So I’ll always bring at least one prime. Now, for a telephoto lens, I personally bring a 100 to 400. I’ve noticed that this is my favorite telephoto lens to bring. I just like having the extra distance. Let’s say I’m shooting a moose and I want to make sure that I actually get that moose in frame. I like having a long lens
so I can have some distance. I also like getting
details in the landscaping, actually getting close up to it rather than getting the full picture. In that case, let’s say
we’re shooting mountains. I love getting the peaks of it. So having a 100 to 400 millimeter is super useful in this situation. I also bring a drone on most of my trips depending what the drone
laws are in that country. Let’s say for example if
we’re in Banff, Alberta, and we’re in a national park, you can’t bring a drone there. So we usually don’t bring
a drone to those locations because it’s just extra weight. But let’s say you’re in a country that you can bring a drone, I love having an aerial
and having the chance to actually get a different
perspective while traveling. So a drone is usually
a must if it’s allowed. Bring a nice light travel tripod. You can find some pretty
cheap ones on Amazon and there’s also carbon fiber ones that are made my different brands. But in this case what’s really useful about having a tripod is that yes, you can shoot landscapes with it, but also if you use a
wireless trigger or your phone with like the Sony app, you can actually take photos of yourself and do things like advanced selfies. Here’s some examples of what Lizzie took when we she was at Peyto Lake in Alberta. She did a better job than I would have, so she shot those herself, which is like very useful in that case. So bring a tripod along. Ultimately, not everybody wants
to bring a DSLR with them, and a phone is just fine. There are certain lenses that
you can attach to a phone. Moment makes some great ones there. But if you don’t want to buy those, just bring your phone and just remember it’s all about lighting and composition. This is the best camera because it’s the one
that’s on you all the time. And my last thing is make
notes during your trip. So maybe bring some field notes, a little notepad and little
pen to make some notes, or on your phone if you have it with you. Just make a few notes about
your experience while traveling because it’s great to
not only attach those to Instagram posts down the line, but just to remember what was happening when you were taking that
photo, or in that experience. Little pro tip is always
have your camera ready while you’re traveling. So if you just have a camera strap, you can just like sling it around you, just have it by your side all the time. That’s generally what I like to do. Or you can get one of those capture clips that Peak Design makes,
so you can just like lock it right in and then you
have your camera right here and then you can by
like, “Bah, the moose.” All right, so the big subcategory that we’re gonna be
talking about right now is locations and how
to find great locations to go and photograph. Now, obviously you can go onto Google and search all these things,
or go to like the bookstore, but my favorite way to find locations is just using modern technology. I browse so much on Instagram. I literally look up the location and start looking through. And the best part about
this is that you get the high-ranking photos of
like the banger locations all the way down to
locals just taking photos at their favorite coffee spot. What I love about this experience while browsing through on Instagram is that you can find the
things that resonate with you. So if you want to go and shoot food or you want architecture photos or you want like a little bit of an off-the-beaten-path experience, you can find those locations
just by browsing Instagram. Additionally, if you see
a location that you love and the geo tag is not
there, DM that person, be like, “Hey, I’m
heading to your country. “This looks like an awesome coffee shop. “Where is that?” And in most cases, those
people will DM you back and give you that location, and maybe you might even have the chance to meet up with a local
and go and shoot with them. So remember that Instagram
is your best friend while you’re traveling. The next part in finding
good locations is that think back to anybody that you might know that might have family in those locations. So when we went to
Scotland a few years ago, I had a friend that had
an uncle that lived there, and I was like, “Hey, maybe your uncle “can give a few suggestions
of what he loves “around Glasgow, Scotland.” And then she was actually like, “He would love to take you
around Glasgow, Scotland “in his old vintage black taxi cab. “That’s just a thing he
likes to do on the side, “is just pick up friends
in an old black taxi cab “and drive them around.” So when we went to Scotland, we had a one-on-one
experience with a local who drove us around to
his favorite locations, and we got to see things
from a local’s perspective, which is just like game-changing. Here’s a few photos from that experience. (heavy rock music) This is a little pro tip that’s
used by a lot of travelers, but if you want to find good locations, the moment you land in a
new country at an airport, go to the convenience store or the local convenience store nearby and check the postcard rack and see the locations that you like and then you can grab them and
you can ask where they are. Additionally, once you’re checking out at the convenience store, ask somebody, “How do I get to these locations, “and additionally, are there any locations “that you really love as a local here?” And most of the time you can get all the places that you want to go to just by going to the convenience store. And my absolute favorite
thing to do while traveling is to just straight up get lost. Drive down like different random roads that you’re just like, oh,
that road speaks to me. I will follow that road and
maybe there will be some moose down that road. So I want to bring up a
story about getting lost. We were in Madeira, which is and island off the coast of Portugal, and while we were driving around to some different locations
that I found on Instagram, I just saw this one road and I was like, “This road looks really cool. “I’m gonna drive down it.” Lizzie’s like, “What are you doing?” I was like, “I just want
to go down this road. “Let’s see what’s at the end of it.” Because it kind of looked cool from an aerial view on Google Maps. Once we drove down that road, we found this like really
special spot for lunch where we had like really cheap hamburgers and some like drinks by the water. The location was really beautiful. We went for a swim. This was one of our favorite
parts about that trip, because we didn’t plan it at all and we just randomly found it. So like, drive down random roads, get lost in certain cities,
because that’s the best way to actually find great photo locations and also have a great travel experience. So yeah. Don’t over plan. Leave a lot of room to just
like have fun and get lost. Just remember that you are a
guest in someone else’s country so respect their land and their property and that location. Be a respectful traveler. The next point. Don’t follow the crowds. Now my friend, Marc Webster,
who is from Alberta, is gonna touch on this point. Marc, take it away. – What’s up guys, my name is Marc. I’m a travel photographer and filmmaker, and we’re here at the beautiful
Peyto Lake in Alberta. My one tip is that if you’re
going to a new location, do your research, check out the signs, and try and find an ulterior route. This spot has no one here, and a spot just down
there is full of crowds. So we got epic shots, and
we have it all to ourselves. – The next point, don’t
just shoot landscapes. It’s very easy while you’re traveling to want to just go to the pretty locations and just be like, “Look
at, it’s so beautiful.” Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. But your travel experience
is so much more than that. So remember to shoot other
things while you’re traveling. A great example of this is that when we went to the
Azores for the first time, which is a group of islands
off the coast of Portugal, really like islands off of Portugal. You’ll see this is another theme. Moose. Azores. Portugal. One of my favorite
things that we are doing while we were traveling that time is I literally shot everything, from the people that we met to animals to off-the-beaten-path
to landscapes to food to coffee experiences. I captured everything, and
when I look back on that trip, I was like, “Wow, that
was a really fun trip. “It wasn’t just a landscape shot.” So remember, don’t just shoot landscapes. Additionally, go and spend
some time with the locals. One of my favorite pro tips and the things that I like
to do while we’re traveling is I like to carry some like pocket change of like the local currency. For example, on our
last trip to the Azores, we saw this older woman who
was actually building a fence, and she just had this like amazing look. So I walked up to her, I
had five Euros in my pocket, I said, “Do you mind if I just take “a couple of photos of you? “Here’s five Euros.” And she was like, “Yep, no problem.” And we shot these amazing
portraits of this woman while she was like in her hometown, in this really aesthetic
location with fog, and they’re some of my
favorite photos I’ve ever taken of a local in that place, and it only cost me five Euros. Hi, friends. This is editor Chris jumping
in real quick for a second. So I’m currently working on this video, and it’s around 25 minutes long, which is just way too long for YouTube. So I’m gonna break it up into two parts so you guys just finished
watching part one of the travel photography tutorial. Part two is gonna be coming up next. So if you guys want to be
notified for that video, the bell is right down there. Ding-a-ling, boom, hit it. And you guys will be
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a little extra cheddar. Thank you guys so much for watching. Like, subscribe, and hit the bell. But don’t hit it again, because I already told
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like really juicy as well. So, so, so, so, so, so,
just, it’s coming up soon. Thanks for watching, bye. (mellow rock music)

42 thoughts on “A Guide to Travel Photography – Part 1 [Gear, locations, things to keep in mind]”

  1. Chris Hau says:

    Where are you headed for your next trip?? What is your dream location to go and shoot photos???

  2. Audrey Lohkamp says:

    Awesome video! I absolutly think it is great. Continue this way and have a peek at mine if you feel like it. =)

  3. Jose Reyes says:


  4. 李名翔 says:

    Hi, I'm from Taiwan, like your video very much.
    think I'll hit that subscribe button
    looking forward to part 2 😉

  5. Jack Evans Vlogs says:

    "this is the best camera cos its on you all the time" yes but my DSLR is on me more cos i wrecked my phone earlier today cos it got splashed in salty water, checkmate

  6. Seboom339 says:

    The quality of your video is insane

  7. Book. Richhitz says:

    love this video bro!!!! also what mic do u use???

  8. Omar Miller says:

    That intro was a better movie than Endgame

  9. João Monteiro says:

    Portugal likes you back…btw mainland Portugal has deers, not sure about moose though 🙂

  10. iPhotography says:

    Heck I thought I was watching a shoe advert 0:02 hahah Great video. We've just begun our own photography channel a few weeks ago and we wanted to say hi and find other creatives to follow. If you get a minute or two check out our channel and any of our videos then we'd be mega appreciated – not expecting you to watch all our videos (unless you want ;-)) but either way, definitely subbing to you and looking forward to the next video. Take care. – Stephen 🙂

  11. Ceeces Travel says:

    Great stuff Chris, love the style,

  12. 1Shane Michael says:

    I just want to know what kind of boots you're wearing in the intro lol

  13. Bjarni Baldursson says:

    Great videos Chris, keep up the good work!

  14. Wadger Catcher says:

    Great tips. Off to Wales tonight so will try and remeber some points. Next time you guys head to Scotland, hit me up, I'll show you around.

  15. Morgen arid says:

    i lost in USA for 5 days i come out with great photos

  16. Neeraj L says:

    What's the name of the track used for the intro?

  17. Ken Huynh says:

    Bam! The moose! 😂

  18. Bruno Santos says:

    🇵🇹 I am from Portugal And I loved the suggestions

  19. Filipe Ferreira says:


  20. Richaell Ribeiro says:

    Don't get lost in Brazil, my dude

  21. joão pedro fialho ferreira ferreira says:

    I am from Portugal and i give you an advice, don t visit only the islands visit to Portugal Continental is amazing

  22. Camera Master Z says:

    song for the intro??

  23. Merleawe31 says:

    Both part 1 and 2 were really helpful so thank you!!

  24. Discover Life Media says:


  25. Photo Quintessence says:

    Great Video 👍🏿 Loved it

  26. SnootBooper says:

    I’m hurt by how you’re not quite central in the frame

  27. SnootBooper says:


  28. No Copyright Audio Music Library for Creator says:

    wow, awesome
    keep sharing great video good job
    I think I am saving this

  29. Umair Ali says:

    Why don't you visit PAKISTAN?

  30. blompel says:

    Too much Red-Bull ? 😉

  31. CJ Alley says:

    thank you for creating this video.. sir can you create also tutorial about how to add a video without cutting the audio of the first video..

  32. jakov đinđić says:

    Hello Chris, come to Croatia and you will see a soooo many places for Travel Photo!!!

  33. Lauren Horky says:

    Hey Chris, when it comes to taking pics of local people… Wouldn't some people be upset that you offer them money? I'm sure some would be more than happy, but how can you make sure that they're not gonna feel offended? Do you just try to listen to your gut feeling and go with it? Also, do you "direct" them or do you just let them be?

  34. kevin bangs says:

    Come and get lost in North East India. With the damn net pings here and highest rainfall good luck with making out. Coz on a serious note it's unexplored and Google also give just little details of it

  35. Mr.K-JAI says:

    for a split second I read Lactation instead of Location in the Video…need to check my eyes

  36. Meagan Brink says:

    Do you suggest having release forms handy to have people sign off when you get photos of random people while traveling?

  37. Saber Hanington says:

    watches gear vid still can't afford my first dslr

  38. Mahdi Ahmadi says:

    You’re cool

  39. Thruston Benny says:


  40. Shena Luke says:

    I am a homeschooling mom. I decided to add traveling to my sons learning. I printed a map of the state we live in and started out in our own area then travel from area yo area or in the USA we call them counties. I want to start traveling from state to state,we are also doing YouTube videos on our travels.

  41. Kealan Bond says:

    I love that no Americans can say "Glasgow" right 😂

  42. Sathwik Kanneganti says:

    This video is soo helpful!

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