Dec 13, 2017
Posted by: Daniel Walker

Tips for taking better travel photographs

Everyone wants to take amazing photographs while on holidays. We all want to show them off to our Instagram followers and family back home. But, do you come home from your adventure, feeling frustrated or disappointed with the images you have taken? To make sure that doesn’t happen, here are some tips for taking better travel photographs. These tips aren’t just for those using an expensive DSLR or full frame mirrorless camera. These tips can also be applied to those of using a mobile phone.

How to take better travel photographs

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1. Rule of thirds

Rather than taking photos with the main subject in the middle of the frame, use the rule of thirds. this tip entails placing your subjects off centre, either to the right, left, top or bottom. Photos using this rule are much more visually appealing to the eye. 

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2. Get the postcard shot

There is a reason that famous landmarks are always surrounded by photo-snapping tourists. These sights are beautiful and you should definitely take the touristy postcard shot while you’re there. But, move on quickly once you have got it to find better angles and more interesting images elsewhere. 

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3. Tell a story

To get a more interesting shot or series of photos, consider telling a story with your images. A picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine how many words a series of related, interconnecting images could be worth.

4. Sunrise and sunset

The two best times of the day to take photographs are in the early morning at sunrise and late afternoon for sunset. Not only is the lighting much better but famous landmarks, city streets and anything else you want to take photos of are almost always a lot quieter. Getting up before the sunrise can be a struggle but it is the best time of day to avoid those annoying crowds and get the best shot. It is definitely worth the early rise.

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5. Include people in your photos

When people see travel photos with people in them, they feel more connected and will engage more with a photograph. These types of photos show a human element, when we see them we can imagine ourselves being in that setting. Including people in photos will also help to communicate a sense of the scale of a monument or a natural landscape setting. This will help your audience to properly understand the sheer scale and dimensions of the point of interest in your image. When including people it doesn’t have to be strangers, use your travelling companion, or even yourself.

Thank you for reading our tips for taking better travel photographs. What other tips do you think we have missed? Comment below to share your thoughts.

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Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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