Tips & tricks for taking the perfect travel photos

Taking photographs isn’t hard once you know some basics. With a few simple tips & tricks you can already take beautiful travel pictures.

Timing

Hungarian Parliament Budapest

Pictures at sunset or sunrise always have the most beautiful light which results in fantastic photos. Early morning light or evening light is the best light to take pictures of architecture because the sun will shine towards the buildings in stead of on top of it. Check a map to find out in which direction the sun sets or rises to take the best pictures of your desired places.
Night photography is best at blue hour; the time after the sun goes below the horizon and the sky turns into deep blue for a while.

Skylines

New York Liberty Island

I love city skylines. Every city has its own unique skyline. Before your trip, research for rooftops, hills or other vantage points to take the perfect skyline photos. I often look on Instagram for inspiration.

Flash

Antelope Canyon USA road trip

A flash isn’t only useful at night or in dark places. When taking portraits outside or inside I always use the flash to avoid dark shadows and ugly lines on faces. It’s also very handy when taking a picture in the sun’s direction.

Framing

Plaza de Espana, Sevilla

Make sure you don’t make a picture of just a head or cut someone’s hands or feet off. It looks creepy. When taking a picture of someone with a beautiful background, focus on the person AND the view in the back so the person doesn’t stand in front of the most important part of the background.

Wide angle lenses

Venezia Venice gondola

Wide angle lenses are perfect to shoot landscapes or huge buildings. But keep in mind that they stretch forms. If you take portraits with a wide angle lense, make sure the person isn’t situated on any sides or corners of the picture, because you’ll disform the person. (longer or fatter)

Shutter speed

exposure travel photography
left 1/6 sec right: 1,6 sec

Experimenting with shutter speed can be very interesting. Longer exposure will make water more soft, or create light paths. Moving elements will blur or smear. If you’re not a pro you can just set your camera in Tv mode (shutter speed) and the camera will adjust the other settings itself.

Keep your camera straight

photography

I mean this in every way. Make sure the horizon is straight (unless you want to take a diagonal picture on purpose). But also point the camera straight to your topic. Don’t hold it diagonal except when the subject is higher or lower than you otherwise you’ll disform the subject/person.

Remember to move

Musée du Louvre Paris

Keep in mind that you’re flexible. You can move your hands, arms, full body. There is not just one position to take a picture. You can go up and down, left and right, front and back. It’s weird but sometimes I see people taking pictures as if they think they can’t move the camera… By moving you can find the perfect frame for your shot.

I’ll be posting more tips along the way. I’m also planning to follow a photography course so I’ll be able to share more in the future!

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2 thoughts on “Tips & tricks for taking the perfect travel photos

  1. Hi..
    I found some of the tips quite useful i.e. skyline, blue hour timings, use of flash in sunlight. The best thing I like about reading your blog is about practical experience and knowledge you share which are quite helpful and sometimes hard to find for a solo traveller.

    Keep Sharing & Motivating !! 🙂

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