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5 Tips for Better Travel Photos

by William Gist

I have seen many people who travel across the world and visit many good places. But, the photos they capture are not up to the mark, and there is a significant scope of improvement. The reasons for bad photographs are many.

So, I will share five useful tips which can help you to capture better photos from your next travel onwards.

Learn Photography Basics


You don’t have to spend too much of your time and effort to learn photography. You can quickly learn it online. Make sure that you have your camera in your hand when you are learning so that you can try it instantly.

As a beginner in photography, if you are interested to learn more about photography basics, click here.

Sometimes you will have to go for a large Depth of field to get more area in focus, especially when you are doing Landscape photograph. So, you should go for a smaller Aperture which corresponds to a larger number.

If you are photographing people or wildlife, you want the subject to stand out from its surroundings which demand a shallow depth of field. So, you should go for a bigger Aperture. Smaller f-number corresponds to a bigger Aperture.

So, only if you learn and understand the basics, you will able to get your desired shot.

Initially, you would be making lots of mistakes in the field. You will be able to correct it only if you know what went wrong. So, you should have a good understanding of photography basics.

Use an Interchangeable Lens Camera


Nowadays, you can quickly get a good interchangeable lens camera, like a DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera at a very good price.

So, if you travel a lot, invest in a good camera. Don’t go for the standard point and shoot camera.

An interchangeable lens camera gives you the ability to change the lens according to the type of photography.

Don’t carry Too many Camera Gears


If you carry too many camera gears, then you will not be able to concentrate on your photography, and you may spoil the entire mood of your trip.

So, I recommend carrying a single camera body and a maximum of two lenses: one prime lens and a zoom lens. If you are not interested in investing more on the lens, then you carry a single zoom lens.

If you are looking to carry a tripod, then buy one which is lightweight and is capable of handling your camera weight.

Use Basic Image Composition Techniques

When you are framing a scene, try to use the basic image composition techniques like the rule of thirds or composing with lines.

There are many other image composition techniques. But it is better to start with these two techniques.

Understand Natural Lighting


When you are doing travel photography, you will be dependent on the natural light most of the time.

So, it is essential to know how natural light changes during different times of day and night. It will help you to set your camera accordingly.

Soft light works better most of the time when it comes to photography.