Unscripted talks about (mostly) photography


Join Spencer Pablo and Scott Davenport for each week for a fun, candid, unscripted chat about photography. There may be some rambling, some off-topic tangents, and some good-natured teasing. There will be laughing. Join in.


Unscripted Talks About (Mostly) Photography

Ep. 022: Travel Photography Tips With Mark Wolters

In this travel-themed episode, Spencer and Scott are joined by special guest Mark Wolter of Wolters World.

Mark Wolters travels the globe and dishes out all sorts of great travel advice. Today, the guys share a bunch of solid travel photography advice for Mark. Beginner or advanced, there are tips in here for you.

Check out Mark’s interesting and entertaining travel advice:

Scott and Spencer usher Mark into the Tesla and jump straight into the travel tips. Watch this whole episode - it is a ton of fun. You don’t want to miss Scott completely breaking down with laughter. Also, you won’t believe the incredible camera bag Mark uses to tout around his gear (tongue firmly in cheek here).

What are the tips? Here ya go!

  1. Travel Light! For a full day out, work with a single camera and a single, versatile lens. Versatile means a good focal range like 18-200mm or 24-105mm, giving you breadth and reach.
  2. Have A Travel Tripod. Use the tripod for group shots, more “serious” photos in low light. Couple the tripod with a neutral density filter and make tourists magically disappear from crowded scenes.
  3. Carry A Bean Bag. Don’t want to carry around a tripod all day long? A fist-sized bean bag is a versatile platform to nestle your camera into and make it stable.
  4. Neutral Density Filters. Use them to make your camera take extra long exposures. Along with a tripod (or bean bag!), tourists moving through busy areas disappear from your photos. You are left with just the beautiful, iconic location.
  5. Shoot The Signs. While you are out and about, take photos of the street signs, landmark plaques, and museum info posts. After days or weeks of traveling, you might have problems sorting out which street scene or church or temple is which. GPS only tells you where something is, not the history and information about the place.
  6. Keep Your Gear Safe, But Ready. Maintain contact with your camera as you move about a city. Either hold it in front of you, or use a bandolier strap to secure it around your body. While there is no 100% foolproof method to prevent theft, making yourself a less attractive target by minding your equipment and your surroundings tips the odds in your favor.
  7. Shoot Early And Avoid Crowds. Not only will you have less people around, you’ll also have sweeter light. The light in the early morning is soft and flattering to cities and landscapes. 
  8. Know Your Camera Buttons. After you frame up a photo, let your hands do the work of capturing the photos. Your head can be on a swivel looking for additional photos, keeping eye contact with family, or on the lookout for pickpockets.
  9. Use Auto ISO. ISO is the sensitivity of your camera to light. When you are moving between indoor and outdoor locations often, Auto ISO lets your camera automatically adjust to changing light. You can easily capture photos outdoors, then step inside a museum or cathedral, and continue to easily capture more photos.
  10. Be An Ambassador. Whenever you are traveling, be respectful of local customs and culture. This is not only for photography (obeying no flash and no photography signs). It is also as a good human being and citizen of the world. Know the local customs as best you can.