08 Dec Travel Photography Tips from Amsterdam

Source: Ian Macdonald Photography

Note:  This article originally appeared, in part, in the September edition of the official Fujifilm X Magazine that publishes on the iPad.   I was asked to share 8-10 photographs from a recent trip to Amsterdam, and to offer some travel or photography tips with each photograph that could assist people learning about travel photography.  As this content wasn’t created exclusively for the magazine I thought I’d share it here in its entirety.   I hope you like it!



Fujifilm X100t with the Wide Conversion Lens (WCL-X100) on my travel tripod f/8 at 28 seconds at ISO 200


Whenever I travel I want to tell the story of the location I am visiting.  A final photo essay from a trip usually includes photographs of iconic landmarks, people, and of the little detail shots that tie the story together.  I spend a lot of time before photography related trips doing research, so I have a good idea of what I want to shoot when I get on the ground.  This location is perhaps the most photographed part of Amsterdam.  It beautifully highlights the canals, the bridges, the architecture, and the way the city is lit up at night.

The funny thing about photos like this is that the most difficult part is getting to the right place, at the right time.  Once my camera is set up on my tripod I simply set my ISO to its lowest setting, set my aperture to capture the

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