Everyone always wants to see travel photos when a friend or family member comes back from a trip. Travel photography is what inspires people to try new destinations, hotels, food, and cruises. We all have had a near-perfect photo that at second glance has a screaming child in the background or something other that distracts from the focus of your shot. Today I’m going to share my 7 tips for better travel photos.
- Get Up Early: Early bird gets the worm. I get some of my greatest travel photos because I get up right before the sun rises. People have asked how I was able to get photos of the Trevi Fountain in Rome without people in it and this was my secret.
- Plan Your Timing Accordingly: If you want a perfect sunset photo, get to your spot 45 minutes before and camp out. If you are in a busy location you need to get the appropriate space ahead of time.
- Be Considerate: Look around you when you are taking photos or lining up a shot. It is disrespectful to other photographers if you are stepping in front of shots or angling yourself in front of people who were in a spot before.
- Erase what you Don’t want: I use this app called TouchRetouch and it is great at removing small background blemishes or people.
- Touch Ups Made Easy: Don’t rely on Instagram filters for your travel photos. They aren’t that great and one size does not fit all. Snapseed is a great app that lets you tune different parts of the photo. It is a little more time consuming but the photos look way better. This is the cost-effective app I used before purchasing Adobe Lightroom for my blogging.
- Try a different Angle: One of my favorite angles is down low near the ground. It provides a cool perspective to shots.
- Get a Tripod: Tripods make everything better. I have this one that fits my phone and it has a timer so it makes it easy when I’m traveling solo. Tripods are necessary for DSLR cameras if you are wanting to get shots like fireworks that require your camera to be still.
Photos are precious and dear. They capture moments through time and history. You can reflect on the good times when life is crazy. I hope these 7 tips for better travel photos help you on your next trip.