Taking photos when travelling is simple—go to an exotic destination, bring a camera and a handful of memory cards, and take a shot of every amazing view you see. While this should be enough to bring home some memories of your trip, you want to give justice to the awesome view you’ve witnessed by translating them into your photographs. This can be challenging, especially when you’re not a pro, but we’re here to share with you five key tips for taking professional-looking photos you’ll appreciate for years.
- Go Out Early
“The early bird catches the worm”—this old adage holds true for travel photography. Light is the most important element for great photos—and the soft, early morning light creates amazing images. Moreover, waking up early also means fewer people and travel photographers. If you want a postcard shot of a popular landmark, get there first before everyone else.
- Rule of Thirds
A classic photography trick, the Rule of Thirds will help create balanced compositions. This allows you to break your image down into thirds, vertically and horizontally, so they’re split into smaller sections. The goal of this trick is to place parts of the image into those sections in a way that’s pleasing to the eye.
- Use a Tripod
Lightweight travel tripods are worth the investment. This allows you to set up your camera and keep it steady in that place, minimizing camera shake when shooting slow shutter speed and time-lapse videos. Also, using a tripod allows you to be in a long-shot photo by setting your camera in timer mode.
- Patience is a Virtue
Pay attentions to your surroundings. Do the stars look bright? If not, will they look brighter after an hour? Sit at the park with a pleasing view and wait for a picture-perfect subject to pass by. Then, wait for a couple of minutes more as you might get an even better subject. If you don’t have the patience to wait, you might miss the best photo opportunity.
- Get Off the Beaten Path
If you want more unique photos, you’ll need to roam around more. The best way to catch unique images is to wander on foot. Head out to places that are less known to tourists, but check with the locals to make sure that the place is safe. If you want to capture something that no one else has, you will have to take a trip away from the crowd and explore your destination on your own.
In the years to come, your travel photos will be your story tellers and the only remembrance you’ll have of every trip you’ve had. So, in your next travels, make sure to use your camera not just as an extension of your creative eyes, but also an extension of your heart and soul.