En Route and On Point: 7 Tips for Photography on the Go

Sometimes the most photogenic part of traveling is the journey. The views from up in the sky or along a scenic highway can be just as Instagrammable as the destination itself. But all the usual rules go out the window when you’ve got under a second to take the shot.


Next time you hit the road, use these tips and tricks to capture memorable shots on your way.

 

1 COMPOSE YOUR PHOTO

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of techniques, it’s important to keep in mind how you compose your photo. Think about where to position yourself, as well as where — and how —you’ll get the best results. Is this as you approach your subject or after you’ve already passed it? Should you shoot from an angle or straight on? Create a plan of attack before you photograph. It’ll help you stay calm and collected when the right subject appears.

Shot by Olympus User Gallery Contributor Steven Gessert with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera | M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens | 1/8 sec | F6.3 | ISO200

2 STAY STEADY

Little ruins a photo more than camera shake. When you’re moving, it’s much harder to hold your camera steady, causing unintended blur. Use a camera with built-in image stabilization to counteract any unintended wobbles.

4 LEVERAGE AUTOFOCUS

A camera with continuous autofocus is your best friend for moving objects because it automatically refocuses while you track your subject. Set your camera to continuous autofocus mode before you set off on your journey so you’re ready to go as soon as you see something of interest.

Shot by Thomas Machuelle with an Olympus OM-D Camera | M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens | 1/125 sec | F8 | ISO200

5 TAKE MULTIPLE SHOTS

When you’re moving, you’ll want to take as many shots as possible to capture the action. Choose a camera with a fast, continuous shooting speed to make sure your never miss a shot.

6 GET THE RIGHT ANGLE

It sounds obvious, but in cases where you can’t roll down the window (like on a plane), make sure to clean the windows to reduce any extra smudge. Also, try to get your camera as close as possible to the window to avoid any kind of reflection.

Shot by Patrick Burke with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ Lens | 1/8 sec | F10 | ISO200

7 PRACTICE

You’re ready! Shooting from a moving vehicle can be both creative and tricky, so play around with different modes, subjects, and spots, and find your flare. Steady does it!

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