Tuesday, January 14, 2014

10 Tips To Photographing the Pacific Coast

One of the reasons to take a road trip is to take pictures to remind yourself about your trip.  You might be tempted to blow through to make sure you get to where you're going, but don't.  Stop.  There are a ton of sites to see.


Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

Photo Courtesy JC Imagery

10 Tips for taking photos during a road trip
  1. Schedule a lot of time to get to your destination.  Coastal highways are usually two lane, windy, and go through LOTS of little towns.
  2. Don't take EVERY SINGLE PHOTO with your cell phone.  A good number of people have DSLRs tucked away and rely on their cell phone.  This is the time to dig out the "big camera" if you have one.
  3. On the flip side of this, photos of the beach make cool wallpapers on your cell phone.
  4. Know what side of the road the ocean is on.  In the case of the Oregon/Washington Highway 101, your best chances at ocean view photos are going south on the Highway.  Sure, if you are going north on 101, you can pull over to photograph the left hand side ocean view, but going south is so much easier to make snap pull-off decisions without crossing the opposing lane of traffic.
  5. Pull off safely.  There are a ton of pull out areas.  Don't be like me; see something (maybe) worth photographing and pull into this tiny spot, scaring the crap out of your family because that hill came up at 40 miles per hour.
  6. Have the camera ready.  Duhr, but for the first day of our trip, we kept the camera in the back hatch of the car.  Yes, it took us a whole day (andahalfofthenextone) to figure this one out.
  7. Write down where you are when you are taking pictures.  See those images above.  Couldn't tell you where we were when we took them.  And I'm a professional.
  8. Don't stop shooting when the fog rolls in (and it will).  Sometimes it can wash the photo out; other times it adds a layer of mystery.
  9. Shoot both horizontal and vertical.  Most people don't flip their camera sideways.  Do it.  If you shoot all horizontal, it gets a tad boring.  
  10. Get pictures with YOUR WHOLE FAMILY in it.  Set the timer (yes, you might have to read the manual), hand the camera to another tourist, anything, just make sure all the people in your car are in the photo at least three times during the trip.  Remind them that you might accept it as the Christmas photo as bribery motivation.  Your lying of course every.single.time.  Oh well.
More of our images are viewable on our website:  JC Imagery.net

No comments:

Post a Comment