8 Travel Photography Tips to Get Amazing Photos

One of the things people do while traveling is take photographs. Travel photography is a good way of creating memories of holidays and visits made to great locations. It is also a way of creating amazing photos that you can share with others.

If you are interested in travel photography, then we have some useful tips for you. These tips will help you take the best travel photographs that you can then proudly share with the world.

The Best Tips to Take Amazing Travel Photos

1. Know your equipment

When you want to start taking photographs while traveling, you need certain basic equipment. These include:

  • A good quality camera.
  • Memory cards, so you record all the photos.
  • Rechargeable batteries for the camera with the charger.
  • Lenses and filters for the camera (depending on your need).
  • A camera cleaning kit with microfiber cloths and a lens spray.
  • A flash (if you are going to take photos at night or in dim light).
  • A camera bag that you can wear on your shoulder and that can securely store all the above.

Once you assemble your kit, you need to understand how they work. Know your camera and understand all its features. Before you start with travel photography, take many practice features to understand how the camera works. Master the use of the menu of the camera. Also, understand its limitations.

2. Keep your camera ready

When you are traveling, you are not going to just take photographs of objects but of situations and moments. These moments can crop up anytime. You may spot a bird sipping nectar from a flower or a fisherman hauling in his catch. You cannot waste time opening the bag and taking out the camera.

Keep your camera in your hand so you are ready to take shots. If you are familiar with your camera, you won’t have to waste time searching for the buttons, your fingers will move automatically.

3. Choose the right timing

The right timing for travel photography depends on the place you visit. In general, the best time to take photographs are early in the morning and late in the evening (just as the sun is about to set). If you want photographs of animals and birds, you will find them most active at these times.

If you want nature photographs, the backdrop of the rising or setting sun will make for a perfect photograph. Taking photos in the afternoon ensures the sun is at its peak and you have optimum light. But during those times, you can encounter many other travelers, and this can affect your photos.

4. Plan your photos

While some photos are taken spontaneously, most of them call for proper planning. You need to research beforehand to know about the place you are visiting. The research will also tell you the best locations where you can get photos. This kind of planning will help you be prepared.

Once you reach the location, look around and decide how to compose the photos. Decide what you want to focus on, what would be in the foreground, and what the background would have. Check if the lighting is good. Plan your shot carefully before you click the photo. This will help you get amazing photos.

5. Walk around as you shoot

When you are into travel photography, you should preferably walk around on foot. That will help see places from different angles. It will help you compose your shot well. While shooting a picture, move around until you find the right angle. Moving back and forth can help you focus better.

6. Ask people for permission

When you take photographs of people, make sure you take their permission. Don’t get into trouble by taking photos and having people object to it. Some countries have local norms where people don’t like being photographed. Know this beforehand to avoid problems. Make your subject(s) comfortable and try to get a natural photo without them posing for it.

7. Revisit the locations

Sometimes you may not get the best photo during your first visit. You may need to visit more than once until you spot the right shot. You can even visit during different times so you can get photos under different lighting conditions.

8. Experiment and have fun

Experiment with your photographs. There are no rules that bind you. Think out of the box while clicking photos. Be creative while planning photos. This will help you take amazing photos. Most importantly, have fun while shooting. When you are happy, you will be in a better frame of mind to take the best photos.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.