9 Travel Photography Tips and Tricks for Beginners

By Alice Ross | TRAVEL TIPS

Feb 08

Traveling gives you an opportunity to practice and enjoy photography. So, if photography is something you find interesting, then take the opportunity of being in a new place and improve your skills. If you’re new to it, there are some travel photography tips and tricks you may want to take to produce a good result. 

An essential part of travel photography is that you have to be ready. And to be prepared, you need to have the right equipment to make sure that you can produce something incredible. So, before I talk about some of the tips and tricks I personally use to have some incredible travel pictures.


Must-Have Equipment for Incredible Travel Photo Ops

As you probably know, photography can be truly expensive if you want to have some of the best equipment to level up your photography game. However, before making a big investment, you must know exactly what you need. After all, who wants to waste money?

Of course, choosing the right travel camera is the first and most important thing you need to do. There are some characteristics you need to look at to find the best camera for your needs. Here are the factors you need to look at.

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  • The available lighting – indoor, outdoor, bright light, lowlight, etc.
  • Zoom capacity
  • Portability

Most of the time, it would be a good idea to get yourself a DSLR with a changeable lens. Having different lenses will allow you to have different settings for different scenes and results. Other things to consider are the types of features the camera has to offer. Make sure to know what you need – are you looking for one that you can use in low light, for landscape, for pictures and videos? Make sure the purpose of buying a camera, and from there, it will be easy for you to find the perfect model.

Other Equipment to Consider Buying for Travel Photography

  • Lighting gears: This is important for lowlight or indoor shoots and making different looks in the photos.
  • Tripods: Using this will help you stabilize the camera and make you put it any places you want.
  • Different lenses: As mentioned earlier, you may need your camera for different purposes. There are lenses more ideal for landscapes and portraits, so make sure to choose which one to have.
  • Photography props: These could be anything that would make an exceptional or striking picture.
  • Travel bags: Your main priority is to protect your camera when you’re traveling. Buy a camera bag that is specifically designed for the camera you have.

Useful Tips and Tricks for Travel Photography

Even if you’re inexperienced, it’s possible for you to take incredible photos you can take home with you along with priceless memories. You see, I’m not a professional photographer, but I pride myself for taking some decent photos that get a handsome amount of likes on Instagram. Here are some of my favorite hacks and techniques.

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1. Add Drama

When you add drama to your shoot, your photos are going to be more interesting and captivating visually. Showing scale is one of the best ways to add drama to your photographs. You may want to add people, landscapes, or natural features to make things more interesting.

2. Clean up the Clutter

Whenever you see exciting new things, overlooking the background is easy. But before hitting the shutter button, look around first. Look for clutter that may ruin the picture. Always keep in mind that the smallest detail can ruin the overall look of your picture.

3. Add Authenticity

Regardless of where you are in the world, always add authenticity – May it be local people or local attractions that make the place unique and interesting. If you decide to take pictures of the locals, make sure to ask or permission! It’s rude to take photos without their permission or at least tell them after taking the picture and ask if you can keep it.

4. Make it Candid

Taking candid photos make the picture even more interesting and authentic. This means that you don’t even have to make an effort on your picture. Sometimes, you don’t need to look for something special or unique – when you know, you know.


5. Add a Story

If you had enough of the candid, well, adding a story wouldn’t be bad. Going to the beach? Then get your tripod and take a picture from your back as if you’re watching the sunset. You can also attend a cooking class and take a picture of you while cooking as well as the teacher. When you get home from the trip, take everything that you think highlight the entire trip and upload them at once.

6. Shoot at the Right Time of the Day

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Ones of the best times of the day, if you’re in a foreign place, are during dusk and dawn – this is when the light is warmer and softer. During this time of the day, the sky is usually bluer and temperately darker. This will definitely add high definition tone to the scenery, as the lights from will pop up more blatantly and the colors will be brighter. If you’re planning to take a picture of open green space, you will get a great contrast to the overall look of the photography.

7. Shoot in the right mode

Shooting in JPEG and RAW file will give you better flexibility on your return, but this also means you have to make sure you have enough memory for all the photos you’re taking. If you’re planning to take a lot of pictures, it’s a good idea to always bring your laptop and if possible, your hard drive for extra storage. It will also make organizing your photos a lot easier.

8. Look for Inspiration


If you have no idea what to expect on your destination if you’re wondering where in the area to take pictures, then search online for the most common tourists visited places. Instagram is one of the best places to do this. Simply type the name of the location on the search bar and a series of photos taken on that place will show up. That would be the best place to find inspiration from.

9. Take Notes

Every night, after taking a lot of beautiful pictures, you may want to write down some of the things that you think you learned. By doing this, you can always look back and redo something you already did before.

Last Words

Culture is an amazing thing and pictures that reflect culture is one of the most beautiful things you will see. This is for the reason that traditions and lifestyle that are new to you can influence you and widen your horizon. Some of the most important things that travel photos can show are religion, poverty, tradition, art, music, and a lot more.

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Keep in mind that not all pictures are going to turn out as good as others taken by professionals and that’s okay. Just like other skills, one can have, photography can be improved with practice. As a beginner, taking travel photos shouldn’t always be taken in all seriousness. Just have fun! Don’t stress yourself if you think you’re not getting good pictures at first, it’s normal.

Taking travel pictures are always fun and usually exciting. I hope these travel photography tips and tricks help you with your next trip! If you have other questions regarding this topic or there are other tips you want to add to make this article more useful, let us know what you think in the comment below! Don’t forget to share this article as well on your social media pages to help your friends as well!

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    About the Author

    Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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