There is an old saying that the most boring photos in the world are other people’s vacation shots. Who wants to sit around and look at photos of other people having fun on their vacation? It doesn’t have to be that way. Most people love to look at photos of interesting places, and coffee table books of travel images always seem to be popular.
The Nikon D3200 is a perfect travel camera—it’s small, lightweight, and offers fantastic image quality. You can capture amazing images with the kit lens but, if you are willing to spend a little more for a lens, check out the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 or the new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5–5.6. When traveling or on vacation, look for images that set the scene, like London’s very identifiable red telephone booths, one of which is shown in Figure 8.29.
Capture the identifiable landmarks in the locations where you travel. If in Paris, a photo of the Eiffel Tower is a must, the same as when traveling to San Francisco a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge needs to be on your list. Look for the identifiable landmarks that you might see in a postcard image and try to re-create them. Then, look for angles and viewpoints that can add a personal touch to the images.
8.29 When you travel, take photos of subjects that evoke a sense of location. Exposure: ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 second.
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