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Tyson Mary is known as the Naked Traveller. His photographs around the world are exemplary. He’s also been in and out of the country preparing for an upcoming adventure race with Bear Grylls in Fiji.
Here, he shares his tips to ensure you get the best results – and not surprisingly, it all starts with getting the right gear.
1. Have gear that sets you up for success
I would suggest investing in gear that is compact and lightweight, so it’s not a hassle when you’re on the move or trying to pack it in your luggage, but is super versatile so you’re able to capture anything and everything.
Personally, I use Sony a9 as my everyday camera, because I love how it can shoot up to 20 frames-per-second. That makes it perfect for capturing wildlife, and other situations where the subject may be unpredictable. The other camera I always travel with is my Sony RX0M2, which is a super tiny camera that you can stash in your pocket and whip out for those moments where you only have a couple of seconds to snap. Between the a9 and RX0M2 on hand, I am prepared for whatever my travels might throw at me.
2. The early bird gets the worm
If you’re trying to capture a tourist hotspot, I would definitely recommend getting there early – ideally before it opens, and before the sun rises. Not only will you beat the crowds, you’ll also get the best lighting! First light is much better for taking photos than when the sun is high in the sky. I really dislike harsh, dramatic shadows, so I try to never shoot (particularly, when I’m taking photos of or with people) in the middle of the day.
3. Stand out from the crowd
I always try and create a unique image by getting creative with angles. I also like to play around with foreground and background, which can give the photo a 3D feel. If I’m shooting a landscape, for example, I’ll crouch down low and get a flower in the shot to create some interest in the foreground.
4. Crowd source
Now that you’ve ticked off the tourist hotspot, I would recommend getting away from the hustle and bustle. This allows you to truly experience the beating heart of the city or place you are visiting, and if you’re lucky you may be able to capture some of this magic. If you’re unsure where to start, have a chat to the locals! Or if language is a barrier, head to Instagram and search through hashtags and locations – you’ll be able to find some hidden gems.
6. The one thing I always bring…
Spare batteries! Apart from the actual camera, these are the most important piece of gear in my kit. There’s nothing worse than being caught out with a dead battery, and not being able to snap that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Women Love Tech would like to thank Tyson Mayr for his article.
Tyson Mayr is a travel enthusiast, Tyson captures stunning photos of the best the world has to offer as he embarks on his adventures. Tyson is returning this year as the official judge of the Sony Alpha Awards Youth Competition.
“It’s fantastic to be returning again this year to uncover all of the amazing young photographers across ANZ. Judging last year’s competition was extremely tough, due to the amazing work put forward. I’m particularly excited about this year’s theme, ‘Speed’, and I can’t wait to see what the 2019 entrants bring to the table. The Sony Alpha Awards is such an awesome opportunity and platform for budding young photographers to showcase their talents!”Tyson Mayr
About the Sony Alpha Awards
The 2019 Sony Alpha Awards is now open for a fourth year, celebrating the incredible imagery captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses. The award encourages all levels of Australian and New Zealand photographers to enter and showcase their talents and imagery over the last year.
The Sony Alpha Awards has a selection of nine categories to enter in to, including Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Sport and Youth, and for the first time in 2019; Seascape, Astrophotography, Wedding and City / Street.
Entries for the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards close on 31 August 2019. Please visit the Alpha Awards website to enter.