Tips for Improving Your Travel Photography

Coordinating your vacation with your work colleagues so that yours doesn’t overlap with theirs; saving money; finding the perfect ticket with no 10-hour stopovers; convincing your friend to look after your dog and water your plants; notifying your bank so you can use your credit cards abroad; booking accommodation… there’s so much to sort out. You go through a lot of effort into preparing your perfect trip and we know you’ll want to remember it with good photos. These tips will help you to take the best travel photos.

Plan Your Photos

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It’s true that there are situations that take you by surprise, that force you to pay attention because you’ll only be able to capture them at that precise moment. However, normally, when you travel you know exactly which places you’re going to visit and which photos you want to take. With this in mind, one great tip is to plan and organize your trip according to the best moment to take a photo – for example, to take advantage of the golden hours of sunrise and sunset which will make your photos look much more attractive. Also, planning your photos well will help you find the best places to take them and optimize your time – come on, you’re on vacation, your time is precious.

Choose Your Tools Well

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I’m sure that before choosing where you’ll be traveling, you’ll have researched the places you’re going to visit, so you will already know what kind of images you can snap – natural landscapes, museums, day or night outings. Each situation can be viewed differently depending on the camera or lens you use.

If you want to photograph or film using your cellphone there are some specific factors to consider, as there are plenty of useful tools you can carry with you to take better pictures (such as special lenses, stabilizers, and more).

Get Moving and Talking

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Every time you travel you have unique opportunities to take unique pictures. You should take advantage of these situations by finding the perfect place and angles to shoot from, and for this, there is no better technique than using your feet and moving around to find them. Dare to lose yourself in places that are a little off the beaten track – always carefully and with a map at hand – or even ask the locals for tips about those landscapes that only they know.

Framing First and Foremost

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What makes a good photograph – among other things – is capturing the image you want in the right frame. That’s why it’s essential when taking a photo to check that everything is perfectly framed, as sometimes elements are cropped and that can ruin your photo. A good trick is to look for natural frames within the photograph, i.e., some element that generates another frame (trees and their branches can often be useful for this, or even playing with frames generated by buildings).

Avoid the Typical Popular Photos

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Grabbing the top of the Eiffel Tower, stopping the Tower of Pisa from falling down… There are countless well-known places where everyone takes exactly the same photos. And while there is nothing wrong with jumping on the bandwagon, what better than trying to be different. This way your photos will stand out from the rest and will be more spectacular and unique.

Edit Your Travel Photos

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First of all, you need to know that to get one good photo you’ll probably need to take a whole lot more. The other thing you need to know is that once you have selected the images you like the most, you’ll probably find it’s best to edit them in a photo-retouching program such as Photoshop or Lightroom. This way you can improve the color, erase spots, mistakes, or even elements you don’t like, change the lighting, and much more. 

You can learn about all those tools and tips that you can’t do without when retouching your images from the best YouTube channels here.

Traveling is one of the most wonderful things that you can do and portraying the best moments that you’ve experienced in the places you visited is priceless. With these tips, you’ll be able to improve your photos, but there are many more tricks and secrets that will help you take your photos to the next level. And who knows, maybe you’ll snap such spectacular pictures, that you’ll be able to offer them on Freepik.