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6 Travel Photography Tips To Improve Your Photos

Travel photography is an excellent way to capture the sights and sounds of a place you visit. Your pictures will be ones that you can look back on and remember the good times you had. Photos have a significant impact, and statistics show that 52% of travelers choose to visit a destination after seeing its images. 

It takes a lot of time and effort to capture those beautiful images. Photography is an art, after all, and when done right, you can use it to communicate the vibe and atmosphere of a destination to others. Whether new or experienced, these tips will help you capture the most breathtaking pictures while traveling.

1. Start the day early and stay late

Light is one of the most important features needed for great photographs, and there are wonders you can do with warm and soft morning light during your travels. Apart from capturing stunning images of your destination, waking up early means you wouldn’t have to deal with many tourists and other budding travel photographers. That allows you to immerse yourself in your destination fully.

But sunrise isn’t only the best time to capture some amazing photos. Sunsets are also incredible. It’s no wonder both the early hours of sunrise and sunset are known as the ‘golden hours’ because of their warm tones. 

You must avoid shooting photos at midday, especially when it’s sunny. If you’re visiting a popular tourist spot or destination, it’s likely to get crowded, and the light usually isn’t at its best. So, make sure you head out early or late for your next trip. 

2. Ask permission from locals

Photographing people, in general, isn’t easy. But in another country, it’s much tougher. There are several factors to consider, including language barriers, whether it’s culturally appropriate, or whether they’ll take offense. It can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time, and even for the most experienced travel photographers, it can be nerve-wracking. 

But the key to this is knowing how to talk to people. They might be more receptive to you if you try to get to know them instead of asking them to be photographed outright. It could start with a simple hello or a compliment. You can spend a few minutes chatting to know how receptive they are before you ask for a photo. 

To make them more open to being photographed, you must also explain the purpose of your photos. Another bonus point would be to learn how to ask for their photos in their local language. Some people would appreciate the effort, and you can make new friends who can show you other interesting spots and subjects. 

Be prepared for all sorts of answers, especially ‘no.’ Others might ask you for money, and you can pay if you want. Nonetheless, thank them and move on to someone more likely to accept. 

3. Go prepared 

Before you head off to your next amazing photography adventure, you must have a travel photography checklist. You’ll have the basics like your camera, a tripod, memory cards, lenses, and much more. If you plan on doing any editing, you can also carry your laptop with you. 

Ensure you have a lot of space on your laptop to save all your memorable images. If you’re unsure how to create enough space, check out this link for some helpful tips.

If this is your first time heading out on a photography trip, there are tons of packing resources to help you. You should pack light to be comfortable carrying your equipment while moving between locations. You can also ask online or any friend or relative that is into photography. 

4. Continue to learn

Travel photography is a fun hobby, but if you’re interested in turning it into a lucrative career, you must always remain committed to learning the craft. Fortunately, there are tons of online photography classes you can join or participate in workshops. It would be best if you also practiced regularly to improve your craft. 

The beauty of photography is that there’s always something new to learn. If you feel you’ve accomplished certain areas in your field of interest, challenge yourself to do something new. Perhaps you’ve been interested in wildlife for years, so why not go out of your comfort zone and try another area of photography, such as people? 

Learning from other photographers can also build on your craft and skill. They might show you some amazing tips and techniques that you can use for your next project. 

5. Make photography a priority while traveling

If you don’t want to take boring and generic photos similar to what everyone takes while on vacation, ensure that you make room, especially for photography, while you’re away. Capturing amazing and unique photos will require a lot of time and effort. 

Even if you’re travelling with friends who aren’t particularly into photography, try to make time for yourself and your camera. That might mean spending a few hours away from them. The key is to make your photography a priority. You must also be prepared to capture unique photo opportunities while on your journey. 

6. Be flexible

One thing about art is that it embraces the unexpected and those pleasant little surprises. So, if you’ve visited all the popular photography locations and are feeling stuck, here’s what you must do. Allow yourself to get lost and go off the usual tourist paths, especially if you want to get rare pictures. 

The best way to do this is to go on foot. Of course, you must be cautious while ‘getting lost.’ Keep your hotel or host’s contact information to help you find your way back or even send your location to someone you trust. Also, ensure you speak to locals so you don’t end up in dangerous places. 

Travel photography is fun, and you can allow yourself to see what the world has to offer through your camera’s lenses. So, arm yourself properly with these tips, and you’ll have a fantastic time on your next travels.