Take Better Travel Photos – 7 Tips

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.

Take better travel photos by getting up early + 6 other tips
An iconic motel along Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico at dawn

 

Take better travel photos by getting up early + 6 other tips
By 8:00 am, this pedestrian bridge in Prague is packed with people

 

Take better travel photos by getting up early + 6 other tips
A deer and her fawn were trotting down the street in Monterey one early morning

 

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…

Take better travel photos by staying up late + 6 other tips
A view from the Arch of Triumph as dusk approaches

 

Take better travel photos by staying up late + 6 other tips
The top of the Transamerica Building disappears as the fog rolls into San Francisco

 

Take better travel photos by staying up late + 6 other tips
The luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai

 

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.

Take better travel photos by stooping down low + 6 other tips
An elk calf nestles in a clover-filled meadow at Yellowstone

 

Take better travel photos by stooping down low + 6 other tips
The Inside Out Project on display in NYC’s Times Square

 

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.

Take better travel photos by climbing up high + 6 other tips
The view from the observation deck of the world’s tallest building

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!

Take better travel photos by climbing up high + 6 other tips
Sacre Coeur’s dome offers the best view in Paris

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.  

Take better travel photos by adding people when possible + 6 other tips
Certain Metro cars are reserved for women and children during rush hour in Dubai

 

Take better travel photos by adding people when possible + 6 other tips
Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral could easily fit inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia. Adding people to the shot helps show its massive size.

 

Take better travel photos by adding people when possible + 6 other tips
Another visitor adds perspective to the height of each of the Hagia Sofia’s three levels

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.

Take better travel photos by applying the rule of thirds + 6 other tips
Applying the rule of thirds on a Monarch butterfly

Pro Tip:  If your subject is gazing out of the shot, leave space for them to look into.

Take better travel photos by applying the rule of thirds + 6 other tips
Allowing this couple ample room to gaze while they stroll along the Seine

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!

Take better travel photos by looking for reflections + 6 other tips
The windows of a cafe along the Thames reflect London’s Tower Bridge

 

Take better travel photos by looking for reflections + 6 other tips
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City reflects in a fountain

What do you think?  Do you use any of these tricks when taking your travel photos? Is there anything missing from this list?

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5 thoughts on “Take Better Travel Photos – 7 Tips

  1. Great tips. I’m still trying to learn how to take the best photos so this is very useful. I’ve only recently started to take photos of my little girl from her point of view, getting down instead of standing. I’ve seen this tip somewhere else and it works wonders. I have to try those early and late pictures, they look great.

  2. What a great crash course in improving one’s photographic skills! I can’t help but wonder, though, if it’s even possible to take a bad picture on that ultra romantic Prague bridge?! 😍

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