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Make the Most of your Trip to Spain

Photographer who love to travel enjoy some of the best opportunities to take stellar photos of new places, new people, and new cultures. They see the world not only from a tourist’s eyes but from those of a creative. That is why, photographers need to know what they should focus on while they are in a country like Spain so they don’t miss out on all the great photos they can take during their vacation.

Catch the Golden Light

If you are a sound sleeper, make it a habit to wake up an hour before dawn prior to traveling to Spain. This time slot, the Golden Hour, is pretty much the best you can utilize to take stellar landscape photos. Sure, you can benefit from the golden hour in the evening too, but at that time you’ll also have to deal with other tourists and people in the way of your shots. So wake up early, and capture the beauty of Spain while it bathes in the beautiful golden light.

Change Your Perspective

A great way to take travel photos is to try a new visual perspective. For example, you could try taking street shots with a wide angle lens, from the lower viewpoint than usual to create very dynamic photos.

Or you could take photos of the colorful city as it reflects in moving water with a slow shutter speed, creating something akin to a watercolor painting. Try capturing photos from different angles and show the beauty of the country in a new way.

Experiment with Style

The same photograph can be perceived very differently depending on what kind of visual style it has. Don’t stick to taking normal, realistic photos. Sometimes adding a bit of drama to your shots with a different photographic style or using a colored filter in front of your lens can lead to the creation of unique images.

Another technique you could try is HDR photography. Other than well-exposed and detailed, HDR photos can also look very rustic looking photos. Click here to learn a little more about HDR photography if you’re interested in exploring this photographic style.

We hope these tips and tricks will help you get better pictures of Spain, or whichever country you’re planning to visit and allow you to showcase it from your personal perspective.

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Travel Photography Tips for Your Visit to Spain

Spain is a wonderful place for a vacation, whether you are alone or with family. If you happen to be a photographer, your trip will be far more exciting because of all the beauty the country has to offer. However, if you are planning to take a photography trip to Spain, there are some quick tips that you should keep in mind.

  1. Don’t Carry Too Much

It’s important to carry only the gear you really need when talking about travel photography. You may not need to carry a heavy DSLR with you, because a much lighter and smaller mirrorless or compact camera might be all you need. If you do have to take a DSLR, it’s better to keep one versatile lens with you rather than multiple ones for each different kind of photo.

  1. Choose the Correct Mode

I personally find that having the camera set to Manual can sometimes cause problems in a street shooting situation. You don’t always have time to dial in all the settings for a shot that you might lose in a few seconds. Keeping your camera is Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority, depending on the kind of photos you want, might be a better idea.

  1. Do Some Research

Street photography is all well and good, but if you don’t have many days to spend in Spain and want to capture as much of it as possible, it’s good to get some research done beforehand about all the best places to take photos at. A little time spent researching about a new place goes a long way.

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What Camera Should You Use for Photographing Spain

While traveling, it is important to have the right kind of photographic equipment with you, especially if you love taking photos. Spain is full of great photographic potential, and you will probably see countless interesting places and people that you’ll want to take photos of. So before packing your bags and heading off, decide what kind of camera you will take along.

Why Not Just a Smartphone?

The first question many people ask when faced with a question like this is why can’t they just rely on their smartphones? They sure can, if they want to take casual photos on their trip. While smartphone photography has come a long way, it still cannot quite stack up against something you’ll be able to get from a dedicated camera.

Go for Portability

While it is true that a DSLR gives you great image quality because of the larger sensor and interchangeable lenses, you could consider taking a high-end compact camera along too. These have improved a lot in recent years, providing users with full manual controls and larger-than-usual sensors in very pocket-able bodies. The best part about compact cameras is that you can always have them with you.

However, if you really need something that will allow you to take pro-level photos, I would suggest you take along a mirror-less camera rather than a DSLR. These have much smaller bodies than traditional DSLRs, and provide you with very similar kind of photo quality.

Just remember that whichever kind of camera you want to take along with you needs to be with you and easily usable to let you take the photos you want.

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Why Photography in Spain is a Unique Experience

Photography is a form of art unlike any other; it allows you to capture a fleeting moment and preserve it for a lifetime in just a few seconds. That is why so many people like to travel around the world taking photos, trying to keep as much of their experiences safe with them as they can.

While there are countless places around the world that provide unique experiences and opportunities to photographers, Spain is one of my favorites. The country is just full of things you can photograph, from architecture to landscapes, people to food. If you love photography and traveling, I would highly suggest you visit Spain at least once in your life.

For the Natural Beauty

Spain has some of the most beautiful natural wonders that a photographer could ask for. Many parts of the country are simply treasure chests for the avid photographer. From wild beaches to snow-covered mountains, Spain has it all. Andalusia’s white sand beaches are amongst the most beautiful ones in the world, and you would be amazed at the kind of scenery you can encounter in such places.

 

Pro Tip: If you find that the weather is not on your side or there is just too much sunlight ruining your shot, try going HDR with your photos. Simply take multiple exposure brackets and later combine into an HDR with an HDR photo editor.

 

For the White Villages

If you have even the slightest interest in architecture, then the Pueblos Blancos of Andalusia are a must visit for you on your trip to Spain. These villages are full of pristine white structures sitting amidst green hills looks like something out of fairy tale. The light falling on top of these structures make them come alive. It falls on them at different angles, changing the whole time and making them come alive. The narrow streets are a subject of their own. The light falling through the thin gaps between buildings creates stunning frames to be photographed in these streets.

Pro Tip: Look for different perspectives. Zoom in to certain parts of a building and place it against the bright blue sky to get a highly contrasted, yet very balanced and minimal looking photo.

 

For the Historic Monuments

My most favorite part of photographing Spain has to be the historic buildings and monuments found across the country. From Gaudi’s organic architectural gems to the infamous Alhambra in Granada, there it simply too much uniqueness found across Spain.

Barcelona is a place which is one of the most photographed around the world. This is because most of Gaudi’s famous work can be found here. Out of these, arguably the most famous building globally is the massive Sagrada Familia. Combine the excellence and presence of this with that of Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, and it quickly makes sense why you should definitely spend a good amount of time in Barcelona especially if you like history and architecture.

Pro Tip: Try photographing the Alhambra at night. The play of light and shadow will be unlike anything you have seen before.

 

  • For the People

The people of Spain are known for their active lifestyle and the various fiestas that keep taking place every two seconds in the country are a testament to their spirit. From La Tomatina and San Fermin Fiestas Pamplona to the Sonar Music Festival and Granada’s Ham and Water Festival, Spain has every kind of festival you could wish for. Whether you like food, music, or running for your lives from charging bulls, you are sure to find a festival that suits your personality and gives you countless opportunities to photograph the craziness.

Pro Tip: Try to get to the festivals early if you want to photograph them. This ensures that you can secure a great place to take your photos rather than get stuck behind hordes of people trying to have a look.

 

  • And Of Course, For The Food

Food is one of those things that just brings people together in Spain. The rich and inviting cuisines, fresh seafood, and colorful presentations are highlights of Spanish food. If you’ve ever seen even pictures of Spanish food, you must have an idea as to how unique and rich their recipes are.

 

So I think by now you should have an understanding of my love for Spain as a photographer and a traveler. The country is just ripe with photo opportunities, from architecture and natural wonders to the food and the general culture. If you love to take photos and would like to travel for it, mark Spain as your next destination. You won’t regret it.