What would you need to bring on a trip to capture stunning pictures? Lina Maria Zapata, a Colombian photographer, discusses this in the latest story of her “Behind the Lens” series.
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“How can I capture stunning photos during my travels?” This question has surely crossed the minds of many, particularly during the summer season when vacation plans are underway. Whether you’re a skilled photographer with experience or a beginning amateur eager to learn from an experienced pro, Lina Maria Zapata’s insightful advice and professional tips will unquestionably up your photography game.
In this part of Behind the Lens, Lina shares her secrets to capturing breathtaking imagery and reveals the indispensable equipment she always carries while traversing around the world.
“A lot of calm and patience to know how to wait when the time is right and attitude and determination to make the click. You have to leave your sorrow behind and fill yourself with courage.”
Lina Maria Zapata is a Colombian photographer known for her captivating images that beautifully capture the essence of diverse cultures and breathtaking landscapes.
Lina’s work reflects her deep appreciation for the world’s wonders. Through her lens, Lina Maria Zapata invites us to embark on a visual journey, where each photograph tells a unique and compelling story.
Which Equipment Should You Take for a Trip?
This a very tricky question, but well, I’d say my must-haves are:
- An interchangeable lens camera
- A 50mm lens for portraits
- A wide-angle lens for landscapes
- A zoom or telephoto lens in case you need to capture moments at a distance.
- A spare battery and memory card holder
- A good backpack that is waterproof
- A rain jacket (this is a very personal thing, haha, but it has saved me when I’m on an adventure and it’s raining)
- A buff or something to cover your face in case you are in a dusty or polluted environment.
- And finally, and without a doubt, the most important thing is to have a lot of attitudes.
When is The Best Time to Take a Photo?
A lot of calm and patience to know how to wait when the time is right and attitude and determination to make the click. You have to leave your sorrow behind and fill yourself with courage. Personally, I’m not one to plan hours and hours for a photograph if I’m on a spontaneous photography project. If I’m doing controlled work, in a studio, for example, or something like fashion and product, the photos do need to be thought out and planned.
But if I am portraying every day and spontaneity in one of my adventures, I just go with my instinct and click the moment I can previously visualize the concept and the image I saw in my mind. I must say that very few times I have failed, because usually what I visualize I see well in the camera, but it has also happened to me that I visualize something and when I click it doesn’t give me the result I expected.