Travel & Adventure Photography Tips
Taking a decent photo used to require a significant degree of skill, even in a well-lit living room. Modern cameras have largely changed that, with their fast processors and auto-everything ease of use. You can let the camera worry about the technicalities of aperture and shutter speed, while you focus on the image. That said, a bit of skill and planning can improve your shots greatly, especially in more-demanding settings such as travel or adventure photography. Keep these tips in mind as you tackle the trips on your own bucket list.
Tip #1: Practice Makes Perfect
Before you ever leave home, take a few minutes to think about the kinds of shots you'll want to take while you're away. Will you be using your Galaxy Tab® A to snap colorful street scenes, or snapping action shots with your Samsung NX Mini as you cycle down a mountainside in the Rockies? Rehearse with your camera's speed and exposure settings, trying high-speed shots with cycling friends on a local trail settings or low-speed, low-light nature shots in a park. Tune your eye to the “rule of thirds” by mentally dividing your image into horizontal and vertical thirds, and arranging your shots to coincide with those lines. On a practical note, strap on your Gear S™ wearable and rehearse navigating to specific locations. This way, you'll never miss a memory because you muffed the settings.
Tip #2: Take the Long View
Few things show up the limitations of point-and-shoot cameras as quickly as vacation or travel photos. When your friends are scattered along a mountainside, or an adolescent bald eagle poses obligingly in a tree beneath your cliffside perch, you need a lens that'll bring you in close. The Samsung NX Mini is an ideal candidate. Forget about squinting through a viewfinder. Just always be aware of the light. If the sun is behind your subject, or a reflective snowbank or body of water, even the best-composed image will turn into a dark silhouette.
Tip #3: Broaden Your Horizons
There's nothing sadder than a friend's phone selfie, taken in front of a world-famous scene that's just an indistinct blur in the background. Learn from that example, and pack along a Samsung NX Mini instead. With the 9-27mm zoom lens attached, you can capture the full sweep of a mountainside vista or historic building, or zoom right in for a high-quality portrait. For really broad images, mount the NX Mini into a "selfie stick" and use the stick to hold the camera further away. Flip up the viewscreen to enter selfie mode, or use your phone as a remote viewfinder if the screen is too far away to see properly. The stick also improves portrait shots by raising the camera above your faces, sharpening the jawline and avoiding any appearance of double chins.
Tip #4: Share the Love
Of course, taking great shots is only the start. Getting them from your phone to your friends and family is an important step, too. With Samsung's SideSync software, you can wirelessly connect your camera or Galaxy Tab® A to your ATIV laptop and use your computer's mouse to drag and drop images to and from your hard drive. The NX Mini also supports Tag & Go, so you can simply tap the camera with another NFC-enabled device to share your photos. From there, you can upload them to Instagram or Facebook from anywhere you have cellular coverage or Wi-Fi available.
Tip #5: Make a Hard Copy
Even in the digital age, there's sometimes no substitute for an actual, printed-on-paper photograph. That used to involve complicated file conversions and numerous cables. Samsung's color laser and multifunction printers make it simple, with built-in Near Field Communication support. With NFC, just tap your camera or mobile device on the printer, and your images are ready to print. Of course, taking a printer along with you isn't always a practical option. On those occasions, use a wireless or cellular network to transfer images to your home printer, from anywhere in the world you have access.
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