Tips for Travel Photography

It has been the nature of human being to travel. We climb steep mountains, explore deep seas, thick forests and caves. Not so long a go when camera was not invented, human used to record their journey in paintings and writings. Now, what we need to do to freeze a time is just by pressing on to your digital camera shutter button.

Travel photography Tips
Taj Mahal by Nikolaz Godet

Wikipedia describes travel photography as a subcategory of photography which involves the documentation of an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history. The Photographic Society of America defines it as an image which expresses the feeling of time and place, portrays a land, its people and a culture in its natural state.

In this post, I’ll be sharing some inspiration along with tips and tricks for a shooting memorable travel photographs;

Photographing landmarks

Creating a good original landmark photograph has been a big challenge for me since it has been shot by millions of photographers and tourists from around the world. You definitely have to think outside the box to come up with a picture that is able to stand out from the crowd.

All famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China are packed with tourists specially during the day making it harder to get the shot that you want. What you can do is to arrive as early as you can just before the sunrise or late after the sunset. Not only that you won’t see a lot of people, you can also add that magical touch from the color of the early morning sky as your backdrop which adds real drama to your landmark photographs.

Creative Angle:
Try to avoid angle that is boring and often used by most people when shooting landmarks. What about shooting The Eiffel tower tightly from the bottom up, which could create interesting photograph like below? You got the idea..

Travel photography Tips
Eiffel Tower by Alan Frampton

You can use objects around the landmark like doors, windows, plants, pillars, or fences as a frame for your photos.With this technique you can bring more attention to your main object.

Photographing People

Portrait of people during your travel will tell many stories about the country. You can get so much information about a country and its culture. Try to get a shot that fill the frame as this is the best way to get a stronger people image. We hear a lot about the eyes are the windows to your soul, that is exactly why you need to focus on the eyes. As long as the eyes are sharp, you do not have to worry about anything else.

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Her face tells it all by Helen

When shooting close-ups, it is better if you ask permission first because it allows you to choose the right lens and get the opportunity to take several shots as well as communicating with them for a perfect shot. In some developing countries you could be asked for money in return for taking a photo. Make sure you have coins and small denomination notes ready.

Photographing Interiors

Many travel photographers are not aware that there’s a world of great photo opportunities to be had when you duck out from under the outside world.

Travel photography Tips
Inside by Gitesh

Shooting interiors means that you have to deal with a dim light condition. The easiest way to overcome this is by cranking up your ISO. Most digital SLR cameras these days are able to shoot at ISO 6400 or even higher without having too much digital noise. If your own a pocket camera or an old DSLR camera which both prone to noise then your best friend is your tripod.

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One Response to “Tips for Travel Photography”

  1. Steve Heap says:

    I’ve recently tried taking a lot more HDR shots on my travels – not to get the extreme HDR processed images that we are used to, but to get a much more detailed and colorful rendition of famous sites. I’ve found my Canon to be quite restrictive in terms of automatic exposure bracketing (limit of three shots), and so I invested in a Promote Remote for Fathers day(!) to allow me to take 5 or 7 images with one stop bracketing. This forces you to use a tripod (which is always good), and take your time framing the best image. I recently completedreview of the Promote remote on my blog – it has certainly made a difference to my travel images.

    I’ve also created an eBook dedicated to getting started to sell your images. Check this out if you are interested.


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