Looking for travel photography tips?
There are people who collect souvenirs from their trips and there are people -like me- who collect beautiful images with their camera or their phone because every destination has its own look, culture, history, people, feelings and stories and I love to capture the moment.
I never did a course of photography but I’ve slowly learned the techniques of travel photography over months of reading e-books, watching online tutorials, and regular practice to improve my craft.
Here are my favourite travel photography tips to improve your images.
1. Wake up early, stay up late
Light is the most important ingredient for great photography — and soft, warm, morning light or the “golden hours” creates amazing images.
Sunrises and sunsets are the best time of a day to catch good light. In comparison, shooting photos at noon on a bright sunny day is probably the absolute worst time for travel photography.
2. Talk to People
Always ask permission for portraits and close-ups. Spend 15 minutes learning how to say “can I shoot a photograph” or “can I take your portrait” in the local language before you arrive. People really appreciate the effort, and it’s a great way to make a new friend.
Some people will say no. Some will ask for money. It’s not the end of the world. Thank them for their time, smile, and move on to someone else and try again. Actually the more you get rejected, the easier it gets to ask!!!
3. Use a Tripod
I believe that more people should be using lightweight travel tripods. A tripod allows you to set your camera position and keep it there. With the camera fixed, you can then take your time arranging the perfect composition.
Tripods also give you the ability to shoot much slower shutter speeds (waterfalls, low-light, stars,…) without worrying about hand-held camera shake. You can keep your ISO low (for less sensor noise) and use smaller apertures, so more of the image is in focus.
4. Make photography a priority
Make sure you plan “photography time” into your travel schedule. Good travel photography requires a solid time commitment on your part.
5. Always be Patient
Photography is about really seeing what’s in front of you, not only just with your eyes, but also with your heart & mind too. This requires dedicated time and attention. Slow down and make a conscious effort at becoming aware of your surroundings before pressing the shutter.
6. Shoot in Manual Mode
By switching your camera into Manual Mode, it gives you much more control of the look of your images in different situations.
For example, by manually adjusting aperture you have more control over the depth of field in your image, by manually controlling shutter speed, you are able to capture motion in more creative ways and by manually controlling ISO, you are able to reduce the noise of your images and deal with tricky lighting situations.
Do you have any questions or suggestions about travel photography? Please feel free to drop me a message in the comments below!