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Your immediate decision is whether to correctly expose dark and emphasize shadow and leave light areas washed out or to correctly expose light and leave shadows without definition. Using light correctly greatly enhances your colors, diffused lighting just after and dawn and just before sunset is helpful here. The technical reasons for this are simple when sun is nearest to horizon; light has a greater distance to travel through pollution, ozone, water vapour and dust. This means that wavelengths at violet end of spectrum are more scattered, than colours at red end. This allows blues to absorb more colour than at red end, so sunlight appears more golden. To study more technical aspect of lighting, you may like to take an online course.
An inexpensive, but invaluable tool for outdoor photographer is a polarizer, as they improve ambient lighting. They will always emphasise blue of sky, whilst minimalizing glare. This will allow you to capture colors you want to make a saleable photograph. More importantly it reduces contrast in a photograph by creating a more even tone, it restricts very much lighter and darker tones, in image. Mike Johnston gives an excellent technical explanation of this in his excellent online course. He has also written an excellent tutorial on color theory, which explains use of color to improve quality of your outdoor images. Photographers who use digital imaging will also find this article tremendously helpful in enplaning how to improve final image with regard to colour.
Research is a great tool for travel photographer, and Internet is a great help, but donít forget to use local knowledge, ask local taxi drivers, as well as tourist boards for inside information on a location. City photography is also included in aspect of travel photography and here taxi driversí knowledge can be invaluable. You can also try and coincide a trip with local festivals. If you can oversee a vantage point you can use a zoom lens to great effect without embarrassment of having to foist a camera into someoneís face. Also local festivals give opportunities to capture a part of local culture.
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