15 Common Travel Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

No Shot List

The purpose of research is putting together a detailed shot list. This will be your checklist to work through to make sure that you come back with a good variety of photos. Your shot list will vary depending on where you are going and any potential brief that you have to follow.

For example, if you are photographing the Venice carnival, your shot list will differ to photographing Venice when there is no carnival.

The way you set out your shot list will depend on how active you want to be. But also what you are photographing and where. In a big city, you will need to allow more time to travel around to different locations. Make sure you factor in opening and closing times of tourist sights as well.

One of the best ways to set your shot list out is to break the day down into 4 time segments: morning (sunrise to around 11 am), lunchtime (11 am to 2 pm), afternoon (2 pm to sunset), and evening (after sunset).

The hours might change depending on your destination and time of year. But breaking down the day can help you be more efficient with your time.

Also, break down your shot list by location. Plan to cover places that are geographically close during each time segment. This will mean you won’t waste your time travelling rather than taking photos.

A final shot list should show you exactly where you are going to be and when.
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