Planning your Europe travel involves so many different aspects that missing either one of them would probably ruin your whole trip. One of them is the weather. Though you can’t predict when it is going to rain or snow on each day, you could still plan your Europe travel to be in any season of the year you wish. Once you have picked your season of the year, either Spring, Summer, Autumn or winter, your next challenge would be planning the itinerary of your Europe tour. This is when travel photographers need to work extra hard for their hobby of taking photos: Plan for the best time of day to visit each of the travel destinations to capture the best desired lighting of the scenes!
First, you need to ask yourself what is your desired mood of the scene: A nostalgic feel, a high key photo or a miracle lighting effect, or others. Then do some research on the scene or travel sites on Google Maps on the orientation of the landmark and the best shooting angle. With these 2 simple steps, you can decide the best timing and best photo shooting angle of the day you need to be there.
For example, the above photo of Roman Forum was shot in the morning with the sun in front of me. I picked this best shooting angle and hour of day to capture the site to create a contrasty image with dramatic back-light from the morning sun. If I came here in the afternoon, the image would turn out not as attractive and will look like another snapshot!
Apart from playing around directions of sunlight, some of the landmarks is best to be photographed at night, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I had to planned it such a way that we visited Eiffel Tower in the evening so I could capture both daytime and night time scenes of the mega structure in few hours period!
After deciding the timing for visiting each travel sites of a city, you can gather them all up and fix your itinerary of your travel in any city of Europe easily and effectively.
I have recently written an article for Cherrye Moore of My Bella Vita sharing the best photo snapping hours in Italy. If you are a travel snapper who simply snaps photos at all landmarks, check it out for the best time of the day to take photos of travel destinations in Italy – Travel Feeder, your ultimate travel photo blog