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Nikon expert shares tips on how to up your photography travel game

If we have learnt anything from the pandemic, it’s that our time spent doing what we love is paramount, so there has never been a better time to ensure we capture these moments as best as we can.



Rian Cope, a photographer, creative and avid explorer has shared his top travel tips to help you up your camera game - beyond the selfie. 


Pack light

Less is more. Packing your travel gear is somewhat of an art form. Write down a list of essential items and stick to it. Get yourself a versatile lens with a wide focal range. This can reduce the weight in your backpack and make your day so much more enjoyable. 





Get familiar with your camera

Getting familiar with your camera’s Manual setup and getting out of Auto mode can allow you so much more creative freedom. So when that once in a lifetime moment needs to be captured, you are ready to go.


Pack an extra battery

It sounds so simple, but there is nothing worse than running out of juice as that once in a lifetime sunset is about to pop! Always pack an extra (or two) and make sure they are charged so you will never miss out.





Use a tripod

Tripods come in all shapes and sizes. They can be an amazing way to ensure your shot isn’t too shaky and they are also a great way to capture the ultimate selfie using the timer function on your camera.


Wake up early

Sunrise, sunrise, sunrise. The light in the morning is always better. Set your alarm, and make the effort to kick start your day the right way. It’s quiet, uncrowded and the perfect opportunity for an amazing photo.


Have a sense of adventure

Sometimes getting off the beaten track can create the best stories and the best travel photos. Chat with locals to find places away from the typical tourist traps, and explore your destination with a sense of wander and adventure.



Use a subject

Landscape photos are beautiful, but people love to feel like they are in that moment with you. Why not place a person or subject in your photo and help tell your story to create a sense of emotion.


Find a new perspective 

Take the time to find a new way at capturing a scene. Get down low, create depth by placing something in the foreground, capture those candid moments. What will make your photo standout?




Enjoy the moment 

Don’t forget to take in these moments for yourself. Capturing your travels as they unfold will be memories you can keep forever, but every once in while, take a step back and soak it in with no distractions.


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Written by: Rian Cope
Published: 21 April 2022

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