We firmly believe that travel is lived three times: when we dream of it, when we experience it and when we remember it. We never forgot the last step, and that’s why we took a lot of travel photos. We love going back in time, looking at photographs and remembering places, moments, and travel anecdotes.
Although the truth is that when we see photos from years ago, many times, we think: “I wish we had a better idea of photography then.” That is why we have tips for taking travel photos that we have been learning little by little.
1. Find nice locations to take travel photos
There are a thousand ways to find inspiration for photographing a destination: reading guides, travel blogs, or using the Instagram magnifying glass are the most obvious. There you will locate the most emblematic monuments and places. But, in our experience, the best sites are found once at the destination. Strolling around, stopping to look at postcards in souvenir shops, or listening to the recommendations of the locals never fails.
2. Get up early
Having to get up early also during the holidays doesn’t sound very exciting. But surely you end up thanking for the tranquility of not having anyone who can disturb your photos.
Getting up early is not only worth the photos, far from it! Being able to see the cities with practically nobody on its streets is a great experience.
3. Take advantage of the hours with good light
Getting up early not only guarantees you save crowds. Something much more important is light. The photographs are light, and for that reason, it is necessary to take advantage of the moments of the day with better lighting conditions. A photo from the exact same place can change radically if you take it at 7 am or 11 am , when the sunlight is already too intense.
4. Tripod, the best friend to take photos of couples or groups
It is very frustrating to ask for a photo from a stranger passing by. 9 out of 10 times, and you will get a bad face, the photo will be crooked, out of focus, someone will pass by, etc. In short, it is very difficult to have a photo of your liking if it is taken by someone other than a photographer.
In addition to not having to ask anyone who passes by, taking a tripod will allow you to take long-exposure photos.
5. You don’t need an expensive camera to take good travel photos
It is not necessary to have an expensive camera to take good photos, good light is much more important and what we tell you next.
6. Composition is everything
Beyond the photographic material, the really important thing is to take travel photos with a balanced composition. To achieve this, we recommend activating the grid of your camera or mobile. On the iPhone, it can be easily done from Settings> Camera> Grid. The grid will divide your image into 9 equal parts and help you follow the rule of thirds.
It is appropriate that the objects of interest appear in any intersection between the lines. Furthermore, it is very important that the horizon line is straight and at the approximate height of the first horizontal line.
7. Save the photos as a treasure
Once you get home from the trip, there are more important things than unpacking (which is also very lazy? Do not forget to put all your photos on a hard drive, so they are safe. If you let the time go by, the memory card may be damaged, losing all those memories of the trip.
8. Turn the photos into a physical memory
It’s great to have thousands of photos on a hard drive, but the truth is that there is nothing like browsing a physical album full of beautiful moments.