- Oct. 29
- Richard Parker
Must-Know Tips for World-Beating Travel Photography
Do you wish that your travel photos were a little better? If so, you’re in the right place. In this post, we do a rundown of the top techniques for improving your snaps. Check them out below.
Wake Up Early
If you want to get the most idyllic shots (particularly at sunrise), you’ll need to wake up early. Don’t stay in bed until 10 am and then mooch to the local tourist trap for midday. It’ll be packed and you’ll struggle to fire off a single good shot.
Your best shots will always be those that don’t contain any people. For instance, if you’re in India, visit the Taj Mahal early. The same for Machu Picchu or Chichen Itza. These are all incredible places, but they are at their best first thing in the morning.
Don’t Worry Too Much About Camera Equipment
DSLRs are great for taking closeups or zooms. But if you want to capture the essence of your trip, you don’t actually need fancy equipment. Most smartphones have everything the average photographer needs to get good shots.
Frame Your Photos
Learning to frame your vacation photos is one of one the quickest and most impactful skills that you can learn as a photographer. If you’re taking photos of people, then you’ll want to leave a little space for the sky and landscape in the background. Try to position people according to the rule of three, leaving plenty of buffer space around the edge. If you don’t quite get it right, you can always add a white border to balance things out.
Improve Your Editing Skills
Practically every professional photographer edits their photos after taking them. This allows them to bring out the best in the image and, actually, make it appear truer to life.
Ignore the people who say that post-processing is cheating – it’s not. It’s an essential part of creating great vacation snaps that you can enjoy for years to come.
Take a Wrong Turn
If you want to create incredible travel photos, don’t stay on the beaten track. Instead, go where other tourists haven’t been. Take a wrong turn every now and then and explore the backstreets or untrampled paths.
Getting lost on purpose might sound a little strange, but it is a great way to find new inspirational photos and angles. What’s more, it’s simple. Just bring your camera with you and be ready to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
Be Prepared to Wait
For regular people, patience is a virtue. For photographers, it’s everything. Those who can stick it out and wait for the perfect scene are rewarded with the best photos.
There are all sorts of situations in which you might need to wait. Perhaps, for instance, you want to take a shot of a rare animal that only comes out during the evening. Or maybe you need to wait for the clouds to clear or for the aurora to start swirling through the upper atmosphere. Whatever it is, you will invariably get the best photos when you wait for the scene to create itself.