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  1. How to Take Professional Travel Photos
  2. So, how do you get the photographer mentality?
  3. 21 Travel Photography Tips to Improve Your Skills Today | NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

If the sunsets at 6pm, I might head out to take photos at pm and capture different places as the light changes. I also love experimenting with night-time shots and a long exposure, meaning the shutter is open for longer and letting in a lot of light. So, get creative and find a way to stabilise your camera. Of course, the best way is to use a tripod, especially for night photography. We were once taken to the top of a hill, led to the back of a church and sat on a wall in the back of the church garden, overlooking Lisbon, just because we connected with a local tour guide who took us under his wing.

It also pays to do a little google search before you go, try to find bloggers, travellers or locals of the area who love photography and have shared their favourite photography spots online. There are so many brilliant photographers out there it can be really easy to look up to them and want to take photos just like them! If you love the way something looks then share it! Let your freak flag fly, guys! Be creative and be weird! Challenge the process! We all have to start somewhere, so make sure you do make a start before you travel.

Do whatever it takes to log some serious hours of practice on your camera and you will definitely reap the rewards when you travel and the pressure is on to take a good shot, quickly before you get run over by an out of control tuk-tuk! Thank you for these tips, Phoebe. Like Like. I also gotta remind myself that even Annie Lebowitz had to start by learning how to use a camera. Just saw your post now. I can relate to it too! Good camera helps, but one should also learn a few basics like the rule of thirds you mentioned.

I have a short post about travel photography as well, with just 5 easy tips that to get started. Keep at it though, everyone has to start at the very beginning, even master photographers! If you want to read some more great resources, visit The Wandering Lens. Her guides are great! I think I could use your pieces of advice since I am a terrible photographer! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

How to Take Professional Travel Photos

Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Skip to content The first time I really travelled, a 6 week solo trip through Europe, I had a crappy digital camera. Placed in the centre, ignoring the rule of thirds. Using the rule of thirds to balance the photo. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading Conventional photography instruction advises not to shoot in the middle of the day when the light is the harshest and least flattering.

However as someone who does the bulk of her photography on hikes which are a daytime activity, this is far too limiting and disappointing advice. Golden hour the hour before sunset , sunrise, and sunset are almost always going to be more ideal conditions than midday or cloudy skies, but as long as you have light hitting your subject in a nice way, it can still turn out beautiful.

When we say expose for highlights, I mean shoot the photo for the brightest parts and then you can adjust the contrast and shadows later when you edit. Which photos are the most pleasing to look at? Sometimes photos with a lot going on can be entertaining, but they can also be stressful, even if only on a subconscious level. Before you take that shot, ask yourself what you want your viewer to focus on.

What kind of story do you want to tell? The fewer things competing with your story, the better. It can be difficult to visit a popular or busy place without having other people around, but not impossible.

So, how do you get the photographer mentality?

Could you go very early in the morning? For the first couple years of my travels, I was absent from almost all of my photos. I started putting myself and my friends in the photos more and it made all the difference. Sometimes, a photo just looks way better with a person or animal in it. It shows scale, allows the viewer to imagine him or herself there, and allows you to come home with awesome travel photos.

For the example of Horseshoe Bend above, I just quickly googled whether the sunrise or sunset was better there and found out that the sun sets right behind the bend, which meant it was the perfect time to go and photograph it. It could be that the person or the subject was somehow awkwardly obstructed by the horizon. For this I would have needed the tripod to be a little bit higher it was a selfie. One of the best ways to improve is to pick some people whose work speaks to your soul and to examine what they do. I recommend selecting several different styles that you like and seeing how you can incorporate them to make your own style.

Then at some point, the best thing to do is to focus entirely on your craft and stop paying as much attention to what anyone else is doing. Trust me on this one: Learn how to edit your photos. In fact, editing usually takes even more time than the photo shoot. I have a full tutorial here to help you get started. Never stop practicing! If you like posts like this, be sure to sign up for the newsletter for more photography-related content and announcements in the coming months!

The pursuit of a great shot does require more effort, but sometimes requires more patience. I am glad to see that you are using the Sony A, because I am thinking about getting one and I wanted to see how great it really was.


You take gorgeous photos, and I especially love the Singapore shot! If only it was a little bigger, it would be my new desktop photo! I use a Sony NEX-6 with a wide-angle lens. Your camera is the successor to mine! I did a post on travel photography tips as well but I kept it really basic. Glad to know you use a Sony mirrorless cause I like your pics. These are great suggestions. Love the wide angle lens. I need to invest in one. The pic from Singapore is absolutely gorgeous.

So far I love it! Glad to see that you and apparently other travel bloggers as well are using a Sony compact camera. Do you have any recommendations for apps that I can download for the a?

21 Travel Photography Tips to Improve Your Skills Today | NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Especially the remote app? I used your Amazon link too :. Wish me luck! And keep on posting badass pics! Wow thank you so much for purchasing through the link! I saw you commented on the Iceland post so hopefully you lift some good tips from that for your Iceland trip! It should be a snowy wonderland.

Thanks for this!! I just got an a and I am still trying to figure out all the features. I follow you on Instagram and I am always amazed at how unique your selfies are. You are so right that adding people into your photos. Your beautiful selfies really set your photos apart.

Next level! I recently got an A for taking photos while traveling. So far, it works amazing and I am loving it! Out of curiosity, do you using any editing software for your photos?

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Yes I use lightroom. Great article! After browsing your several blog posts, I am definitely convinced that you are an excellent photographer. So I will certainly follow your advices about photography. I think I am longing for being in the nature these days. I am impressed by your nature photos. Thank you for sharing. My brother sent me your website link and told me this reminds me of you. You can do this.