How to Take Better Travel Photos

Taking photos has become such an easy thing that practically everyone can do that just with their phone. However, when we go on a trip we usually want the photographs to be better than usual, so others can admire the places you’ve visited properly, and to make your memories vivid just for a little bit longer… If you would like to travel more, but your budget limits you, try looking into special offers or coupons – such sites as Discountrue can help you get amazing deals at Hotwire or, so it really doesn’t have to be so expensive. And once you’re there, how to make sure you don’t get blurry images nobody really wants to look at? Read on to learn about how to take better travel photos!


Check the direction of sunlight

Considering the time of the day and the direction from which sunlight is coming from, you can easily flatter your photo’s subject by putting it in the best light. For instance, if your desire is to have the faces of the people on the photo shining, then turn them to face the direction of sunlight. To catch the glistening on the ocean surface, take your photos when the sun has gone low enough to have its rays bouncing off the waves of the ocean.


Use the zoom feature to get what you want

Robert Capa once said: if your photos aren’t as good as you want them to be, then you’re most likely not close enough. But it’s not possible to always get closer to your subject for more detail. Therefore, if your camera has zooming capabilities – and I bet it must have – zoom in and out till you get your most preferred view. And while at it, pay very close attention to the edges and corners of the frame to make sure nothing important is left outside.



Brighten shadows & tone down highlights

Use photo-editing apps to adjust shadows and highlights in order to have your desired balance. For example, you can enhance a landscape photo by darkening the highlights and brightening the shadows, or vice versa. Many apps and programs also help you bring out your photo’s warm hues by, for instance, adding a touch of an appropriate filter. This results in a brighter and more even-toned image. Editing makes up for a lot of the overall effect, as you will find out!


Most appropriate lenses to use

Ever tried to use a spoon for eating pasta? If you have, you’ll understand why different utensils have been designed for different kinds of foods! Similarly, some camera lenses are better for some types of photography work than others. While a general shooting lens is good enough for most instances of daily use, wide-angle lenses are best-suited for shooting landscapes. On the other hand, it’s a good idea to get a prime lens for shooting images of food, flowers and portraits.



Switch angles as your position fits

Don’t fall for the temptation to shoot every image you come across at eye-level, especially when dealing with landmarks. Although this is perfectly okay for some photos, if your entire photo gallery is filled with photos shot at the same perspective, it’ll make for quite a bland collection of your travel memories. Look for different angles, especially when taking photos of architectural designs and buildings. Shoot from ground-up, shoot from above looking downwards – there are countless possibilities, just look into it.


Always think about the light, not your camera’s view

While your eye is naturally much more adaptable to the light and images that go through it, your camera’s lens aren’t that “intelligent”. What you see when standing in front of your subject may not necessarily be what the camera will reproduce once you’ve taken the photo. For instance, when you’re staring into direct sunrays, your eyes may be able adjust and make out colors and images well, but your camera may mostly reproduce shadows for the same. But with some good level of experience with using your camera, you’ll be able to know what views are most likely to reproduce shadows or dark or unnecessary brightness.





  1. Excellent advice! Look forward to trying out some of those tips when I’m next on the road downunder!

  2. I love photography. Haven’t been doing a lot of traveling lately though. I hope I get to do so soon so I can try out your tips. Thanks!

  3. Great tips. I love taking photos but I wish I have the professional skill.

  4. One great level of taking a better photography, this is really something to those who’d like to take so many pictures for keepsake.

  5. Elizabeth O.

    The light is definitely your friend, that and post-processing photos once you get home. I love taking pictures when we travel! Thanks for the tips!

  6. thanks for this Tips Jojo, I will definitely keep this in mind
    I really want to produce high quality and instagram-Worthy photos haha

  7. This can really give you high quailty shots. Nature can also be scenic on its own right.

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