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How to Take Travel Photos

 Okay, you have your camera in hand, ready to capture the amazing adventure ahead, but you have no idea what you’re doing? Read ahead! We’ll help you take stunning photos to document your trip!

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Before you go

  • Learn how to use your camera. Seriously. Read the entire owner’s manual and look up how-to’s online. These new digital cameras on the market can do crazy things. You want the picture more red? Antique-looking? Landscape? 10 shots in a row with one click? Black and white except for the color green? Motion-sensitive? Knowing what features your camera has will give you the confidence to take bold and experimental photos.
  • Clean your camera lens. A dirty camera lens will mess up all of your shots.
  • Charge your battery! And take your battery charger with you on the trip. There’s nothing worse than running out of battery power right when the sun sets across the vast Kenyan landscape.
  • If it’s a new camera, play with it. Shoot from different angles and with different lighting. Get comfortable with your camera before stepping on board the plane.


When shooting

  • Get people in the photo. You’ll want to remember the beautiful landscape, sure, but you’ll also want to remember the amazing friend you made while standing on top of Mt. Everest.
  • When you’re shooting people, frame them to the left or right of center. You want to get the atmosphere in the photo.

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  • If you’re shooting landscape, keep it wide. You can always crop the photo later. It’s better to get more now.
  • Speaking of getting more, take A LOT of photos! It’s digital. It’s free. Keep clicking. You will never regret taking more photos; you will always regret not getting that picture of the cute elephant playing in the stream.
  • Action shots are hard to get, but when you can capture them, it’s golden. When shooting action, set the ISO high (800 or 1600) to minimise blur.
  • Get the best shot you can get. Sometimes that perfect shot won’t be at eye level and you’ll have to bend down on the ground or climb up in a tree: DO IT! You’ll thank yourself later.


Feeling inspired?

  • Now it’s time to go on an Inspired Adventure to Mount Kilimanjaro and photograph the vast Tanzanian plains or sign up to cycle Southeast Asia and capture rice paddies and fishing villages
  • Visit the Inspired Adventures Calendar and find a charity challenge perfect for you


How to Take Travel Videos

 So you want to take videos to document your trip? Great! Whether you’re a seasoned videographer or a first timer, these are some important tips to remember.

Before turning the camera on

  • Before you start, make sure the camera lens is not dirty. Use lens cleaning fluid and lens tissue paper to clean. A dirty camera lens can ruin all of your shots, so make sure it’s dirt-free and ready to capture the amazing scenery.
  • Pay attention to lighting. This is a hard one because instinctively you’ll just want to turn the camera on and go. But before you do that, look around, see where the light is coming from, and don’t shoot a person standing in front of a very bright background. If it looks too dark to you, it’s going to look too dark on camera.
  • Think about interesting angles. You don’t have to shoot at eye-level; you can point the camera up or down and play around with artsy shots.

the traveler makes photos of the picturesque landscape at sunset

While shooting

  • Keep the camera as still as possible. For first timers, this might be a little difficult. Play around with your video camera at home to practice holding your hand steady. Minimize zooming in and out while shooting.
  • Shoot landscape (horizontally), not vertically. It’s good to have all video standardized.
  • Don’t shoot longer than 1 minute. Inspired Adventures will only be using 10 second footage (except for interviews), so don’t feel the need to capture every crevice of every landscape.
  • Vary the footage. Group shots, nature, wildlife- anything interesting that comes along your way, capture it.

Feeling inspired?

  • It’s one thing to imagine shooting amazing footage over the Tanzanian plains touring atop Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s another thing all together being there and seeing it for yourself. Take a look at our upcoming trips  and try out your video camera in one of the most beautiful destinations on earth.
  • Visit the Inspired Adventures Calendar and find a charity challenge perfect for you