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15 Tips To Shoot AMAZING TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Transcript 0:00 – Hey guys, what is going on? 0:01 In this video, we’re talking about 0:02 how you can take awesome photos 0:04 and get those epic shots while you’re out traveling. 0:07 (upbeat music) 0:16 Okay, so today’s gonna be a little bit 0:17 different than my normal tutorials. 0:19 I am actually […]

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– Hey guys, what is going on?
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In this video, we’re talking about
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how you can take awesome photos
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and get those epic shots while you’re out traveling.
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(upbeat music)
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Okay, so today’s gonna be a little bit
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different than my normal tutorials.
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I am actually on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas,
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its inaugural voyage, and I’m here with
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a few other Instagramers, so we’re gonna go out,
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we’re gonna go check out the Amalfi coast.
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I’m gonna get some tips from them for you guys
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as well as show you some cool things
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that you can do while you’re traveling.
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This has been a place I’ve always wanted to travel to.
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Before this we were in Cinque Terre,
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we were in Rome yesterday, we were in France
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and we started up on Barcelona.
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Okay. So the first thing’s first,
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we gotta get off the ship, so let’s go
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meet up with the other Instagramers I’m here with
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and start this adventure.
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(upbeat music)
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Alright so I just met up with the other people
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and there’s a giant parade going on.
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Let me introduce everyone that’s on this journey.
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So we got Madeline and we got Meghan,
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they’re gonna hang out, I’ll put their links
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down below so you can check out their Instagrams as well.
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Then we have this guy, drinking the giant coffee.
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Say hello. This is Jordan
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– Hey (laughs) What’s up?
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– What’s up? So make sure you go down,
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I put all their links in the description below.
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Go check out all of our Instagrams
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so you can see the different styles
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of photography that each of us do.
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Alright, we’ve got a private car for the day.
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Check it out, Mercedes. Nice. I like that.
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(upbeat music)
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Alright so we’re on the Amalfi Coast here,
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we’re driving up and down the coast.
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One of the key things about doing travel photography
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is just researching your location before you go there.
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So you need to have an idea of where you’re going.
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Maybe get some photo ideas,
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look at what other people have shot,
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because you don’t want to get somewhere
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and not have any idea of what you’re shooting
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and not have the gear you need
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and not be prepared right, so just do a
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quick research and that will give you some idea
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of what it is that you’re gonna be shooting
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and what you’re gonna encounter when you get to a location.
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(upbeat music)
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Alright, so we just got to Positano
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which is in the Almalfi Coast,
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it’s a cool, little city that’s kinda like
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nestled on the hills. It’s pretty insane.
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(upbeat music)
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So one of the questions we all get
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is what camera we use, what camera should
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you be using. The thing is, no one camera
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is the perfect camera to shoot travel photos
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and all those awesome photos you see on Instagram.
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They’re shot by a bunch of different cameras.
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I’m shooting on the Panasonic GH5,
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Doren’s on the 5D Mark IV
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– I’m on my iPhone
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– Meghan and Madeline are both shooting with Sony.
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We cross the whole range of cameras you can shoot with.
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A lot of stuff you’ll even see shot on things like GoPros,
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so you just gotta find the camera that works for you,
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take into consideration some of the other things
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I’m gonna talk about in this video
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and because space is a big thing
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so you don’t necessarily wanna be carrying
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a massive camera with you.
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Sometimes just like a GoPro is all you’re gonna wanna take.
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But if you have the room, definitely having a bigger camera,
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more lenses and all that stuff
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is gonna give you more options to shoot some cooler photos.
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(calm music)
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Okay. The food just showed up,
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Madeline’s running up, she’s got a tip for us
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on shooting food photography because one of the things
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you wanna capture when you’re traveling is food,
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because you are always finding
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delicious food wherever you travel
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and it’s unique and people like seeing food.
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(slow music)
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– Okay. So. To take food photography
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always shoot food in natural light
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because that makes the colors really pop,
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and use the element of three.
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So have three major pieces on the table
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and that will be the focus point
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and I put a small element around for composition.
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(upbeat music)
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– Alright let’s talk about lenses for a second.
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So we talked camera, but what about lenses?
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I’m sure a lot of you have questions about lenses.
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So one of the things you gotta think about
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is how much gear you wanna take with you.
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So are you gonna take a lot of gear
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or are you just gonna take just a little bit of gear.
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Lenses, to me, is broken into two things:
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are you gonna take zooms or are you gonna take primes?
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Now there’s advantages to taking primes,
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I know it seems crazy sometimes
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to bring a bunch of lenses with you
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but prime lenses give you the ability
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to get that really shallow depth of field
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also allow you to do some cool night photography.
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You know things that you can’t do
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with some of these zooms because your aperture
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is gonna be fluctuating all over the place
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if you have like “travel zoom”.
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So one of my favorite lenses on the GH5
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is the 12 to 60. I can put that on my camera,
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it’s actually what I’m shooting on right now,
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and basically that is my lens that
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I keep on for the entire trip.
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Now the issue is, it’s a 2.8 to 4,
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so you don’t have a consistent aperture all the way through,
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that 2.8 isn’t as wide open as,
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say, my 85 that I brought with me which is a 1.2.
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so you have to think, how much gear do you wanna bring.
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For my Mexico climb, when I did that trip
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I literally brought this lens
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because I had to reserve weight.
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On this trip here, with Royal Caribbean
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we’re going, you know, all over Italy,
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I mean, we’ll bring a lot more gear,
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so I have this lens but I also have
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my 8 to 18, my 42.5, my 12, and my 25,
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which is equivalent to 24 58 85.
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But basically, if you can carry more gear,
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the primes give you more ability
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to get some cooler shots, something a little different.
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They’re also a lot sharper than say, like a travel zoom.
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Something to keep in mind, when you’re planning
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out your trip and what gear you’re bringing.
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(upbeat music)
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Okay. Another tip is get away from the tourist-y spots.
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So when you’re traveling there’s gonna be
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specific spots that a lot of people go
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and take the same photo from.
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To get good photos, you really got to think
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outside of the box. So I’m in the Amalfi Coast,
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like I was saying, and wandered down the road a little bit,
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there’s no real walking path, but there’s
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an awesome little, like private beach down here.
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I’m getting some cool photos of it.
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It’s something definitely off the beaten path.
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I’m gonna start working my way back
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because I only have so much time
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an that’s an issue when you’re traveling
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is that you gotta make sure that you
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have enough time to do everything that
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you wanna do and not let taking photos
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become the only thing that you do.
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It is amazing here. This is definitely
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a spot you should travel to.
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(calm music)
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Let’s talk about some other things about in composition.
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So number one is using Rule of Thirds,
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that’s like a basic rule of photography,
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which is you’ve gotta put your subject matter
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in one of the thirds. Whether vertically or horizontally.
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And using the Rule of Thirds will help you make
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more interesting photos. Now from there
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you can start breaking the Rule of Thirds
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and start playing around with it
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but that’s like your basic default go to,
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just put something in the thirds
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and that’s how you can make just anything look good.
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Okay. One more note about composition
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is you wanna out things in your photos.
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Jordan uses this technique a lot so let me go find him
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and he can give you some more tips about that.
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(calm music)
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Alright we just got back on to the ship
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(calm music)
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I think Jordan is somewhere down here, carousel.
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There’s a show going on so let me find him,
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I think he’s like right over here.
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– One tip I would give for landscape photography
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would be to use a person in your landscape.
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I find that using a small figure
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in a landscape really brings it to life.
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Say you’ve got big, giant, cast mountains,
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to really emphasize those things,
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you need to have a little person in the corner
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or a little person on top of the hills
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just to show how grand that place is.
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– And another tip for photography,
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this one is all about drones.
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I love flying drones and I love
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using them in my photography.
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So when you’re flying a drone,
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make sure that you get unique perspectives from the sky
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that you can’t get with a typical camera.
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Instead of just getting that traditional shot
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of buildings in the same direction that you can get
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from standing on the cliff, fly the drone out,
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get a unique view, a higher view,
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maybe a straight, top-down view.
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Something that is different and that
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you can only get on an object flying in the sky.
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If you want more tips on drone photography,
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I’ll put a link in the description to a video on that.
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Alright, I have one more tip about perspective for you guys.
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You always gotta find a unique perspective,
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and what I mean by that is most people hold
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their phone or their camera and eye level right here,
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just like this, so when you’re trying to take photos
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try to get your camera away from this position,
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so put it low on the ground so
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you can see the ground in your shot.
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Put it like over in a tree, put it over a railing.
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Put it somewhere where that takes a little more effort
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than just holding the camera at eye level.
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So you gotta think outside of just doing the basic
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right here taking a photo. You gotta find
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angles, perspectives. Get down low,
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get up high, get to the side, find all those perspectives.
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(upbeat music)
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I just made it out to the wings of the ship,
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you have like, glass bottom, it pretty,
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I’m just standing on the glass,
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but look behind me, check out that sunset.
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And this comes up to my next point,
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which is, time of day makes a huge difference
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in your photography so if you are
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shooting at sunrise or sunset,
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your photos are gonna look way better
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than if you’re shooting mid-day or like noon.
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So try to get up early, try to stay out late,
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get those sunrise and sunsets because that’s important.
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(calm music)
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Alright guys, it is now the next day,
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I decided to put down the camera
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and enjoy and that’s one of those things,
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I know I said it yesterday, but I’m gonna
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hone in this fact, when you’re traveling
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and your taking photos, one of the things
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you hafta remember is that you need to put
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the camera down once a while and just enjoy the experience.
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So I’ve got a few more tips, today I’m gonna go find Meghan.
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She’s got some stuff about filters I wanna show you.
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But I just wanna hone in that point of
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put the camera down, enjoy your experience
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because it is awesome, the ability we have to travel
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and to experience all these awesome places out in the world
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and you don’t wanna just do it behind the lens of a camera.
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You wanna actually experience it.
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Okay. Let’s go find Meghan,
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I think she’s up there on the 16th floor
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and then we’ll go from there.
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– When traveling, I really recommend the use of filters.
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You don’t have to bring a lot,
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but I few ones would really help.
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One of the things I use a lot is a circular polarizer.
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It’s really helpful when you’ve got water in your shots,
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for reducing reflections, it enhances the blue,
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and also, if you time it right,
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you can get the sky looking lovely and blue
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so it always makes the shot look awesome.
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Another filter I use a lot of is
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the gradient neutral density.
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They come in different strengths,
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I usually use a .9 to a 1.2,
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and what that does is when you’ve got a really bright sky
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and a darker bottom half of your photo,
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it will even out the shot for you,
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so you don’t have to do as much post-processing
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and it will just make the whole shot look really even
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and then it would probably be on other that I use a lot
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because I often travel to places with waterfalls,
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I really like using a neutral density,
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again they come in different points.
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A 1.8 or a 3 are probably the two most common ones
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so they’re sometimes call a little stopper or a big stopper
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and what that’s great for is even on a day like today,
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where it’s pretty bright, you can probably
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set yourself up with a tripod and a neutral density,
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probably the 3 would be the strong one
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and you could actually get some
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lovely cloud movement in the sky
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which always makes an image look really appealing.
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(calm music)
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– Alright guys I hope these tips were helpful.
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I’ve got one more special tip for you
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from the head of social media, here on the Royal Caribbean.
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A really cool way to do a lot of different
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and unique travel photography is to take
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a cruise like the Symphony of the Seas.
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It gives you the opportunity to shoot
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in a bunch of different locations.
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I highly suggest taking a Royal Caribbean cruise
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if that is something you’re interested in.
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Alright, one last tip, let’s go find Natalie,
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I think she’s down by the laser tag.
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Yes. There is a laser tag and there’s
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also an ice skating rink here on the Symphony of the Seas.
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Alright lets go
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– My name is Nat. I am the social media manager
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at Royal Caribbean and my biggest tip
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is to just enjoy what you do.
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Go out there, see the world, and capture it.
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– Alright so what should we do now?
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– Enjoy – Enjoy?
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– Enjoy – Enjoy wings?
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– Yes! – Great
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Last night here and we’re gonna enjoy it!
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That is it. I hope these tips were helpful
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in giving you some ideas when you’re out traveling.
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That is the biggest tip. Enjoy the experience.
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Enjoy all of it. We’ve had such
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a blast here on Royal Caribbean.
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Now it’s time to go upstairs and enjoy.

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