Travel photography tips for beginners

The point of travel photography is to capture a setting in a way that, first of all, portrays a scene honestly. While still making the destination enticing. In order to give the viewer a glimpse into what it must be like to be there. So, travel bloggers often have to equip themselves with photography skills to add value to their writing. That is why I decided to these travel photography tips for beginners. Here are my top tips for travel photography if you are just starting out:

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Go down the path less travelled


That is to say, to take photographs that haven’t been taken, you must do things that haven’t been done. Experiment with different angles that you wouldn’t conventionally try.

Take photo’s often and know your camera – read your manual

Moreover, you can read this blog that highlights – 10 things you should know about your camera (but probably don’t).

Focus on composition

Above all – tell a story. Your subject should be the largest object in your photograph. While other objects should be placed to draw the eye towards the subject. Use leading lines, natural framing and get creative! 

Get to know people

You will be able to catch their personalities if you make yourself familiar. You will also make them more comfortable around you, thereby setting yourself up for a more natural photo. Even more importantly, you will put yourself at ease. Consequently, your photographs will be better. A comfortable, calm and connected photographer makes better art.

Take a small tripod if you can

Similarly, you can use a single leg tripod (the name bugs me too). This will help you with camera shake and allow you to be more creative with long exposures and also astro-photography. Overall, it will give you more control of your shot. Another benefit is better opportunities to take tack sharp travel photographs.

Protect your equipment from the elements!

For example, replace your lens cap and put your camera back in your camera bag. Overall practice good housekeeping with your equipment. Also, you can read more about protecting your gear from he elements here.

Learn how to make the best of different types of light

For instance, check out our other article about making the most of natural light.

Go on outings focused on travel photography

A concentrated effort always makes photography better. As a result you will be better prepared when a photo opportunity presents itself.

Do your research on your location first

What is the weather like? What are the attractions? Should you be wearing something in particular? A nice tool is Google maps. For example, type your destination into google maps. Then, select points of interest. Here, you can view other peoples photographs, thereby getting an idea of what to expect.

Shoot in RAW

The reason for this is that your camera will collect more data for each photograph. Consequently, your photographs will take up more space but, as a result, there will be more options available to you in post processing.

Lastly, a bonus tip: Don’t neglect your lodging. Taking photographs of the place you are staying can open doors in terms of affiliate income. Don’t limit yourself to photographs of the tourist attractions. Learn how to take photographs in tight spaces and highlight a dwellings amenities. Lastly, and most importantly, you can put these details in travel blog posts. Your audience will find your posts much more useful. Subsequently, you can pair that with an affiliate program link and make an income. I hope you enjoyed these travel photography tips for beginners. Do you have your own special travel photography tips for beginners? Please share them with me in the comments!
Rouzne van der westhuizen

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