Whether you are snapping travel pics with a phone or a fancy camera, these seven tips will help you take better travel photos to forever preserve your vacation memories.
1. Get Up Early
I am soooooo not a morning person, but when I’ve headed out with my camera to explore my surroundings at sunrise, it’s always been worth it. In the dawn’s early light you’ll capture sites before they’re teeming with crowds, before the fog lifts, and maybe even see a woodland creature. Or two.
Take better travel photos by getting up early. You can always take a nap later in the day.
2 – Stay Up Late
As a certified night owl, this is easy for me, even when I’m still battling jet lag! Whether it is as sunset approaches, because fog is rolling in, or because the scene is softly lit, there’s something romantic about photos taken late.
Take better travel photos by staying up late. You can always sleep in the next day. Well, unless you’re getting up early…
3. Stoop Down Low
Most travelers take their shots at standing height. Take better travel photos by stooping down low. A different perspective delivers a different shot, so get down low for a unique point of view. This technique is especially helpful when photographing animals, children or other subjects that don’t stand eye-to-eye with you. It can also add an interesting lead into the picture.
4. Climb Up High
Although I’m afraid of heights, ascending the tallest building in the world was still an amazing experience. Lots of people photograph the Burj Khalifa from the ground, but a photo from the observation deck really puts 163 stories into perspective.
Take better travel photos by conquering any fear of heights and climbing up high.
Pro Tip: The best €6 that you can spend anywhere in Europe is the fee to climb Sacre Coeur’s dome. Approximately 300 narrow, spiral stairs later, you’ll have a panoramic view of Paris that can’t be beat!
5. Add Humans When Possible
For the longest time, I focused on trying to capture a picture-perfect postcard shot devoid of cars and people. Not only does it take a lot of time for such an opportunity to present itself, detaining you from other adventures, but the final outcome is often disappointing. Take better travel photos by adding people to your photograph. It helps you tell more of the story and adds a sense of scale.
6. Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a design concept that divides up an image into a tic-tac-toe grid, isolating either the subject or the open space in some combination along the grid. While it contains the word “rule”, the rule of thirds is really more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule. To apply this technique to your photo, turn on your camera’s grid feature or mentally apply one to the scene.
Take better travel photos by breaking everything you see into a three-by-three grid.
Pro Tip: If your subject is gazing out of the shot, leave space for them to look into.
7. Look for Reflections
Undesirable reflections can pose a real problem, but sometimes the reflection helps make the memory. Take better travel photos by seeking out reflections in windows or water, especially in puddles if it’s rained on your vacation. Talk about finding a silver lining!
What do you think? Do you use any of these tricks when taking your travel photos? Is there anything missing from this list?