In May, my spouse and I went on a three weeks trip to Italy (mostly) and France. We were celebrating a number of things, but most importantly, her 40th birthday. Venice, Rome, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Burgundy and Paris. Quite a trip, I know.
I started this blog with a story about our vacation last year. 3,739 pictures later, here is the story from an enthusiast photographer point of view.
This story is presented in 6 parts:
- Settings and Techniques Part I
- Settings and Techniques Part II
- Composition Part I
- Composition Part II
- Travel Applications and Workflow On The Go
Settings and Techniques Part I
We had marvellous weather, never any cloud, except for a single rainy day. Great for vacation, so-so for photography. But I won’t complain. For this reason, I often had to under expose by 1/3, sometimes by 2/3, or even a full stop!
All that sunny weather caused other issues. For some reason, and I am sure their is a good one for that, all churches appear to face north. This means that during day time when you want to take a picture of their facade, you always have the sun in your face. And you know that photographically speaking this is not good.
The second technique was, well, pure improvisation. Here, I was lucky enough to have the lamp post hanging on a wire between the church and the baptistery. The sun is actually behind the lamp post!
I had planned to bring my monopod and a bean bag for night photography. Didn’t. I did bring my GorillaPod, never used neither. It could have been useful for some shot of streets at night, instead I simply laid my camera where I could: bridge ramps, sidewalks or sometimes event the sides of the buildings for vertical shots.
When shooting with supports, you should always use lowest ISO possible and smallest aperture (because you are probably taking a landscape shot). You should also activate long exposure noise reduction. And remember that if you can’t get good support, ISO 1600 or 3200 is more than good enough, especially if your intention is more about capturing the moment.