Field Guide info
Learn how to think and shoot like a pro without all the fancy gear.
Our Field Guide will be your new favourite travel companion!
Starting with a refresher on the fundamentals of photography, this must-have guide is a handy, pocket size reference for all aspects of travel photography. You’ll come home with stunning landscapes and cityscapes, unique portraits, beautiful food photos – and more.
The guide includes simple technical tips, suggested camera settings, composition info and invaluable notes on and etiquette and approach.
All this in a 32 page (16 x A4/US letter pages) booklet that you can download, print and fold into a lightweight booklet, perfect for keeping with you on your travels. It’s easy – the steps are outlined below.
What’s inside? Read on for a sneak peak of the Field Guide content
Whether you’re new to photography or simply out of practice, this first section covers the basic photography rules and terms that will help you get the most out of the Field Guide.
• Discover the simple changes you can make to your camera settings to get the best results.
• Find out why light is so important. Learn how to use it to your advantage, and also what to avoid.
• Learn all our favourite composition tips.
• Have fun with our ‘tricks & techniques’ section. Learn how to pan, create optical illusions and light trails!
Landscapes are probably the most popular form of travel photography. But taking photos like those found in magazines can be hard work. Luckily there are some simple rules to follow that will have you shooting like a pro without all the effort. For starters…
• For a good landscape photograph you need nice sunny weather, right? Nope. Certain landscape subjects work best in overcast conditions, some in the midday sun and others at dusk. We’ll teach you how to know.
• Want to create stunning long-exposure water shots? We’ll take you through the steps.
• How about a panorama? With a few simple instructions you’ll get the best results.
People create amazing environments for themselves – from lonely hill top castles to dirty bustling streets, to modern galleries and high rise buildings. Learn simple photographic techniques for this most diverse range of subjects. For starters…
• Learn how to really capture the mood of that bustling street environment.
• Elevate your gallery/museum shots from bland to insightful. Make them worthy of the subject matter!
• Why do buildings often look distorted in photos? Learn how to avoid this, and give your architectural shots new life.
People watching has to be one of the most satisfying parts of travel. Naturally you are going to want to take some portraits while you’re traveling, but not just of the locals – don’t forget yourself and your companions! We’ll help you out. For starters…
• We’ll talk you through the camera settings needed for professional looking shots, where your subject really stands out against the background.
• We bet you’ve got a few ‘standing in front of a monument, smiling’ shots, right? Well, no more! We’ve got heaps of other ideas you can try.
• Portraiture can be a whole different ballgame at night. We’ll show you how to take beautiful, atmospheric shots without resorting to harsh flash light.
We can’t always get people to stop and pose for us. People are busy – with life, with fun and festivals, with giving performances and playing sport. So we’ve got to go with the flow and learn photography techniques that can catch all this action while it’s happening. For starters…
• How do you get a great shot at a crowded festival when you can hardly see the stage? It’s easy – you’ve just got to know what to look for.
• What about a sportsperson in action? We’ll give you tips for capturing movement and emotion.
• And, if you’re on a night out we can help you capture the mood, while dealing with low light situations.
One of the very best parts of traveling is the chance to try exciting new cuisines. But what looks delicious on your plate can seem decidedly unappetising in a badly lit photograph. What can you do to avoid this? For starters…
• You’ll need to know what kind of light is best for making food look naturally good. The angle of the photo helps too, and we’ve got heaps of suggestions.
• Want to include the cook in the photo? We cover that too.
Photographing animals, although tricky, can be deeply satisfying when done well. Many of the techniques used are similar to human portraiture, but there is one big difference – we cannot communicate with or direct the subject in any way. So how do you approach this? For starters…
• Anticipating the behaviour of an animal is very important. Set up your camera settings beforehand so that you’re ready to capture the moment. We’ve got lots of advice on settings.
• So the creature looked huge to your eye, but insignificant in the photo, right? We’ll tell you how to make your subject stand out.
• Underwater photography is such fun! It can be tricky though, unless you know a few handy rules.