Top 5 Travel Photography Tips

March 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

As a traveller, you know that looking back at pictures from your trip takes you back to that time and place, and helps you relive those special moments.  Each new place you visit brings new sights, smells, feelings, stories and more.  The art of travel photography is learning to capture various subjects (people, architecture, landscapes, etc.) so that you can help others get a taste of what it is like to be in that place.  One great side effect is that you, yourself, also get the opportunity to enjoy the images every time you walk past them in your living room, or fire up your computer and see your favorite shot as your desktop background.  

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Taking the time to hone in on this craft will help you share your experiences with others in a way that storytelling cannot.  We hope when packing for your next big adventure, you make sure you have room for your camera!


Here are my 5 top tips to help you capture amazing photographs during your next adventure!


  1. Do Your Homework - Researching highly photogenic places prior to your trip can help set you up for travel photography success!  

  2. Be Prepared to Get Up Early And/Or Stay Up Late - Lighting conditions at sunrise and sunset make for the most incredible photographs.  On the contrary, taking a photo during high light (like noon or early afternoon) typically leaves a lot to be desired.  Arriving very early to high traffic sites can also offer you an opportunity to experience a place without many other visitors.  

  3. Pack a Travel Tripod - Utilizing a tripod can massively upgrade the quality of shot you are able to capture.  Nowadays, there are a lot more options available when it comes to packable tripods for travel.  Even if your camera is your phone, there’s a travel tripod out there for you!  Not only is there a wide variety of options, the prices also vary widely.  So set a budget, do a little research and make sure to leave a little space in your bag for the ever important tripod.

  4. Be Patient, That Great Shot Is Worth The Wait.  - You’ve heard the saying “patience is a virtue,” and there couldn’t be a more applicable statement for travel photography!  Sometimes it means waiting for the right lighting.  Other times, it’s waiting for other people to move from the scene you’re trying to capture.  Another scenario may be needing to try 20 or more shots before finding one that you like.  The great thing is, you’re likely in a beautiful place, having a great time, so don’t rush!  Sit back, enjoy the experience, and chances are you’ll get that shot you’re looking for.

  5. Don’t Be Afraid To Get Lost, In Fact Do It With Intention!  - trekking off the beaten path can take you to unexpectedly fantastic places, especially when it comes to photography.  If you find yourself in a place that is less travelled, there’s a good likelihood that you won’t have to compete for the perfect opportunity for a photo.  

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