I am no master photographer and don’t claim to be. I just like taking photos for fun and its become a really big hobby of mine (I actually opened a Society6 to sell photography.. YAY!) so I thought I’d share with you on how to take better travel photos.
Sometimes all you need is a little direction and thought into taking a photo instead of just snapping and clicking away randomly. Hopefully these tips on how to take better travel photos will shed some light and give you inspiration next time your taking photos.
Here are my 8 tips on how to take better travel photos:
1. Action and candid shots are always better
It’s really hard to be interested in a photo when it’s a “classic tourist shot.” This can also be a hard one when you’re travelling with someone who’s not as passionate with photos as you are. They wait and fiddle and then you become uncomfortable and then the whole things just a reck. It’s okay to ask them just to keep taking photos and to stop waiting for you to do something perfect. Be picky. These are going to last a life time. Just make sure DIS Mode is on so they’re not blurry.
Also for me personally I rather be looking through photos of someone during movement then I like orchestrated shots. Most people tend to pose for the camera but you should try to tell a story. Point to something, smile, look away, always be searching and moving. Tell me a story. Let me be absorbed in your adventure.
2. Look for interesting landmarks
Look for lamp posts, cars, monuments, status even people and use those in your photos. Having people and culture in your photos makes them pop and stand out more. It gives people something to wonder about.
Also look out for photo bombers. I cannot wait for this trend to die because I have so many good photos with some random faces staring that the camera in the background. If you do this please don’t it’s not nice.
3. Use nature as a frame
Trees are great but so are statues and people! I love finding natural frames that make your focal point pop and even more interesting. Our eyes work in thirds so if your not sure about a photo use the “thirds” rule and make sure something interesting is using up a third of your frame. This doesn’t always work but it is a good ground rule.
4. Edit but don’t over edit
While I am definitely not an editing master I do know that over edited photos aren’t that fun to look at after a while. Try to keep your photos bright and clean because these ones rank better overall on social media. They also just look more alive.
5. Natural lighting is your best friend
Always always use natural light. Don’t even bother turning your flash on unless you absolutely have to. Natural light gives you a glow like nothing else will and prevents your photos from looking washed out.
6. Take a million
Maybe not a million.. But take as many photos as you can even if you’re satisfied with one of your shots. It never hurts to keep trying and don’t be embarrassed if people are watching. Who really cares? They’ll forget about you by the end of the day and if they don’t then somethings wrong with them, not you. This is your time and your fun, don’t be embarrassed
7. Dusk and Dawn are usually the best time to take photos
The lighting is perfect during these times and are perfect for photos. A man I met in Budapest told me his favourite time so take photos was at dusk because they illuminated landmarks and people perfectly. I agree with him fully. This photo was taken in the early morning on Mount Koya in Japan.
8. Clouds are your friend
Cloudy day in paradise? No problem! Direct sunlight will often wash out your photos but indirect sunlight provides an even glow on the skin and makes colours more visible. It’s always great for taking action shots of yourself and (ahem) selfies. Think of clouds as big reflectors. They illuminate everything.
What are some of your photography tips? What’s your favourite thing to photograph? Do you prefer bright or moody photos?
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