Take Your Travel Photography To The Next Level With These 12 Tips

Who doesn't love to travel? There are so many amazing places around the world to see and explore and taking great photos of those places is a great way to capture the memories and things you have seen. Whether you like to explore places in your own state, or you frequently travel around the world, you want your photos to be amazing and showcase the amazing things you go. We found a great article on Huffington Post on 12 ways to take your travel photography to the next level that we wanted to show you and hope it will help you with your own photos. 

Here are 12 tips to take your travel photography to the next level. 

1. Don't worry over your equipment. 

The equipment you have does not make the photo. The photographer makes the photos. Do not think that just because you do not have the most expensive camera that you can not take the best photos. Go out with the camera and equipment that you already have and learn how it can perform at its best. 

 Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

2. Research the destination. 

Before you travel somewhere when you are hoping to get some great photography, you have to do your research. Make sure you know when is the best time of year to go, what you should be sure to see while you are there and how to get from one place to another. You also want to make sure you know what some of the best photo opportunities are like a popular festival, beautiful body of water or local architecture. 

3. Look behind the monument everyone sees.

Look at your surroundings and take everything in. Do not try to obsess over taking that "postcard" photo of a specific popular spot. Find the hidden treasures and you will see those treasures captured in great photography. 

4. Study natural light carefully.

Make sure you learn that there are different types of light and your photos will depend on that light. This also means that you have the chance to pick the type of light that you want to take the photo. It is important to study the light that is available at the scene. Perhaps another time of day may be better than the moment you are in with the light that is available. 

 Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

5. Don't ignore artificial light. 

Do not ignore artificial light sources because if you do, you may never see how much you can achieve with them. Examples of artificial light could include a campfire or even a street light on a walkway. Play with shadows, look for contrasts and do not forget reflections. 

6. Play around with composition. 

Do not forget that an image can work to convey and emotion or a mood, as well as capturing a memory. Do not let the novelty and the excitement of the exotic destination or amazing place make you forget how to frame and compose your photos. 

 Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

7. Remember that good photos are not the products of luck.

You may think that some photographers have such wonderful luck when they are taking a photo; that they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. That really is rarely the case. Make sure you get a rough idea of what you want to photograph ahead of time and prepare. Look for locations, familiarize yourself with the location and do your research. 

8. Interact with your subject. 

Taking photos of strangers can be challenging and many people will shy away from interacting with people they do not know. Interacting with your possible subject can really help you get a very powerful photo of that person. When you interact with someone you are capturing in a photo, that interaction is normally evident in the photos. You may see a trust and openness that the subject looks at you and the camera. 

9. Get close. 

This is a common mistake with many photographer's travel photos. Does your subject look too small in your photos? You have to get close if it is needed for the type of photo you are taking. 

 Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

Photo credit: Sandra Vallaure

10. Try your best to be original. 

There have been thousands of photos taken of most famous monuments and popular places. Taking a photo that thousands have taken before is challenging to make original, but you can make it happen. A great way to do so is to pay attention to details that others may not have. 

11. Take lots of photos. 

You can never take too many photos. With one scene, explore different angles and points of view and with different lenses. It is always best to take more photos than you need; you never know when that one perfect photo will turn up! 

12. Don't be afraid of separating from the group. 

When you are in a destination where many people travel, or in a city that has tons of people taking photos of all the same things, it can be hard to look for unique opportunities. Make it a point to step away from the group and look for a more original angle that others have overlooked. 


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