{Tips on:} Documenting & Traveling by Ky

posted on: 2.24.2012

You may or may not know I have a slight obsession with multiple births & traveling. Since I'm also recovering from wanderlust, I decided to ask one of the traveling triplets to guest post today. This flybird has been & lived in many places all over the globe. She is now settled in California, where she & her husband work together in their very own production company.
Follow along her adventures, you'll fall in love!
p.s. For more photography tips check the photo blog

my name is kylie from the flybird.
i'm a sun chaser and vagabond who loves to document the world around me.
i married my best friend and have been traveling and having adventures ever since.

so how do you document it all and still have fun?
don't let the pressure of achieving the perfect composition
get you down - and especially don't let your comparison to other's work
make you feel inadequate to do what you love.
take photos for YOU. and for the right reasons. you'll be glad you did.

throughout my travels and day to day life, my SLR camera is a go-to item.
i don't plan photos in advance - i just pop it out when the moment is right.
that right moment has nothing to do with much other than my excitement.
if something inspires me, it's probably going to end up on my memory card.

flybird tips & tricks to staying inspired thru photos:

1. lighting - know the golden hour. the blue hour. the good times to be outside taking photos, and the bad. it makes a HUGE difference - lighting is everything. if it's blazing hot with sun straight above and glaringly bright light, fohgittaboutit. understand the the elements to capture what you envision.

2. a partner in crime - the key here is to have someone who is willing to take photos. of you. that's right, i said it. my husband is perfect for that. you'd be surprised at what a man can do with a little direction. what's more exciting is those moments when he himself comes up with everything - all his idea (as seen above). it's a creative process and if your partner isn't as interested, tough luck and say hello to self portraits! gratefully, my husband obliges much of the time to making my imaginations come to life in a photo.

3. wide angle lens - who said arm shots weren't cool? for those of us who shoot primarily with fixies (50 mm lenses) you know the hassle of taking that cute kissy photo with your lover squeeze and getting nothing but a blurry cheek and smashed nose. bummer. try a wide angle or fish eye - it adds a fun dynamic and look to the photo and for some reason 99% of the time ends up looking cool at some level.

4. feetsies - oh the places, you'll go! your feet tell the story. plus, i'm kinda obsessed with feetsie photos. clothed or naked. they're cute.

5. surroundings - see something new. discover a new place. get a little lost. travel a bit. be awkward and snap photos of strangers and don't feel weird about it. get up close and personal to detail. you'll be glad you did.


19 Smiles:

  1. i want a camera!!! So I can understand what she is talking about. ha ha. I appreciate amazing and good photography but when photographers speak of lighting and everything and aperature and lens I'm just thinking "one day I will be able to understand this through application." lol



    1. haha, CheChe the theory is much better when practiced!
      the good thing is that you can apply these principles with any camera, digital or film!

    2. mmm... The next big check this girl gets will be going towards an SLR :)

  2. This is such a great post! My husband and I recently bought a SLR so I could style on my website but it's been collecting dust. Everytime we try to take photos they come out blah. I never thought about the lighting outside. My thoughts were the brighter the better. Obviously not true. What time in the mornings is the best time to shoot? Thanks!

    Vonae Deyshawn

  3. i sooooo want an slr camera. we are planning a missions trip to Nepal this fall.. how am i to go without one? my sister has one and i adore even just her every day pics!! love these shots... =)
    new blogger and follower =)

  4. hahaha i love this ky! great tips and pics! you make me laugh. love you sis!

  5. Awesome tips!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Much Love,


  6. this is wonderful ky, made perfect sense and was awesome. LOVE it all! great job sis!!

  7. I often wonder how not to become obsess. These are some great tips, thank you!!

  8. such lovely photos! she makes me want to go have adventures right now:)

  9. Just got back from a big adventure and this makes me want to head out again! Thanks for the post!

  10. love this photos :)

  11. love this post! ky is such a wonderful woman! i can't wait to check out more of her adventures on flybird

  12. I adore this post so much! I always feel so strange taking pictures everywhere I go but this just makes me want to do it more! :)

    <3 Kelly

  13. Loved this post! I have a very like mindset when it comes to documenting travels.
    And it's good to know I'm not the only one who takes pictures of their feet!

    <3 Leney


  14. this makes me want to hop on a plane somewhere... !!! love it!


  15. love kylie! her and spencer are the greatest, and they do take some incredible photos!

  16. Me again, just wanted to pop by and say I featured this over on my blog this weekend, feel free to check it out if you wish!

    <3 Leney



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