We all love to bore our friends with our holiday snaps when we get home, but if you insist on making them sit through hundreds of photos of your travels, make sure they’re good ones. Follow our top tips for travel photography and your pictures will be well worth showing off!
Keep your camera with you
Don’t keep your camera in your suitcase, carry it in your hand luggage for safe keeping. This means you’ll always have it to hand for every photo opportunity.
Stay fully charged
Don’t forget your charger, and an adaptor if you’re travelling overseas. Charge up your camera and phone before you head out on location and you’ll never miss a moment.
Back everything up
Photographs are easily lost, and they’re also irreplaceable. Keep everything backed up to your laptop, or use something like Dropbox to keep your snapshots safe.
Do your research
Plan in advance to ensure you make the most of every minute. If you’re visiting a popular landmark, check opening times and ticket prices so you don’t get caught out.
…but still be spontaneous
Some of the best photo opportunities appear when you least expect, so be sure to keep your camera or phone close by for those unexpected unmissable moments.
Set your alarm clock
Get up early and beat the rush, especially if you’re photographing busy landmarks. Natural light is also best an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset, meaning your photos will not only be tourist-free, but they’ll also look much nicer.
Get off the beaten track
Speaking of tourists, the best way to avoid them entirely is to head where they won’t. Get off the beaten track to experience the more authentic side of a city or country.
Find a different perspective
Look at things from different angles. Go up high to find a new vantage point, or get down low to see things from a child’s perspective. You could even try your hand at underwater photography, either in the pool or at the beach.
Focus on the details
Intricate tiles, pretty shells, colourful walls – all of these shots will make fantastic backgrounds for a photo book, so make sure you capture these little details on camera.
Forget flash indoors
Let natural light illuminate your indoor shots to avoid the harsh, flat light of flash photography.
…but use it outdoors
Using flash outdoors on a bright day can make the contrast more even and remove harsh shadows. Try it to see what a difference it can make to your sunny shots.
Go filter free
Instagram is fantastic for sharing snaps whilst you’re on your holidays, but sunny days are also the perfect excuse to go filter free. Let the natural beauty of your surroundings shine, no filter necessary!
Capture moments, not poses
Instead of forcing the family to pose for awkward photos, take candid shots of them enjoying their holiday. You can always delete anything that doesn’t work, so snap away!
And know when to put your camera down
You’re on holiday, remember! So put that camera down and get yourself a cocktail. You’ve earned it after all that snapping.