Episode 15 Show Notes: Travel Photography ft. Brian Jannsen

Peggy Farren 2016-12-16

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Show Notes for Episode 15: Travel Photography ft. Brian Jannsen

Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography - The next class begins January 17. Truly knowing photography is a great gift for yourself or someone in your life!

Upcoming Trips:

Everglades 4-Day Trip - 1 opening
Mt. Dora Ladies Trip
St. Augustine 4-Day Trip

Visit Brian Jannsen's website: http://www.brianjannsen.com

"Different personalities are attracted to different types of photography."
- Peggy Farren

"You've got to follow your passion and what is interesting to you, and that will have a lot to do with how successful you are." - Brian Jannsen

General tips for success in photography:

  1. You need an intense desire to dig deep & learn.
  2. Both the technical & creative qualities need practice.
  3. You need to have stubborness, determination, and patience.

Top Travel Photography Tips:

  1. Know ahead of time what the trip is about - especially if you're traveling with other people. Know and delineate what you'll do. Are you on vacation and taking a few photos here and there, or is this a dedicated photography trip? Communicate with everyone and be on the same page.
  2. Do your own personal planning ahead of photos - inspiration, geographical. A few apps Brian uses are Google Maps, and The Photographer's Ephemeris [$8.99 on iOS (link); $4.99 on Google Play (link)].

    (Check out more travel and photography apps here!)

  3. Get up early, stay out late.
  4. Similar to cinematography, take an establishing shot. When you're photographing something, start by taking a wide shot way back away to sort of set the scene of what you're doing. Then move closer and closer and get more detail shots - take the viewer on your journey. You can also take photos of something specific to that area: a street sign, metro signs, etc. - something that will demonstrate where you are.
  5. Take time to think about your composition.

Frequent mistakes in travel photography:

  1. Getting brand new gear just before leaving for your trip of a lifetime.
  2. Not knowing how to use your camera or equipment - you need to know how to use your camera even in the dark!
  3. Running out of memory cards or batteries - bring backups, try to have a way of charging while you're using it.
  4. Not checking your settings between using your camera yesterday and starting out today.
  5. Not having a clear subject - the viewer needs to know what they're looking at!

Brian Jannsen recommends these products for travel photography:

Gitzo tripod with carbon fiber legs

Manfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Brian uses this lens on a full-frame camera when walking around. (He also uses a 70-200mm lens.)

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras
(Brian recommends this for crop sensor cameras.)

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