How to Take Better Travel Photos

One of the best ways to keep your travel memories alive is to take plenty of photos. Capturing all of those special moments gives you the chance to enjoy them again and again, over the years.

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Keep your travel memories alive with travel photos.

If you like taking travel snaps but are sometimes disappointed with the results. All you need to do is to read on. In today’s blog post, we’re sharing with you a few simple things you can do to make your travel pictures look a lot better, if not perfect.

Think about How You Are Going to Use Your Snaps

When taking your photos, it is worth thinking a bit about how they are going to be used. For example, if you are planning to create photo collage prints for your walls, you want the main subject to fill a large percentage of the shot.

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Agness trying to find the right angle for a picture in Bali, Indonesia.

If you do not take this approach, the detail will not be visible enough from a distance to make a good wall hanging.

Learn How to Compose a Shot

If you have not already done so, go online and learn how to compose a shot. There are plenty of free resources out there that you can use. It will not take you long to learn what you need to know.

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But, good composition takes practice. So, before you go on holiday, spend a few hours practising what you have learned. Start by taking a few shots of a scene in the way you would have normally done. Then, concentrate, and use the composition rules you have just learned. You will be amazed by just how much better the 2nd batch of photos you take are. This will encourage you to practice more and greatly improve your skills before you travel.

Lydia taking a picture in Monserrat
Our fellow travel blogger, Lydia, aiming for a perfect snapshot of Monserrat.

Learn to Think Outside the Box

We’ve all seen those shots of people holding up the leaning tower of Pisa. They are fun and certainly make for great memories.

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Find your perfect angle and get creative!

There are lots of ways to create similar photos. For inspiration, take a look online for zany shots of the sights you are planning to visit. These will inspire you and give you some ideas.

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Familiarise Yourself with Your Camera’s Setting

Whether you are planning to use your phone or a standalone camera, take the time to learn about all of the various settings that are available on your device. For example, many smartphones allow you to manually control the shutter speed.

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Let someone pose for you like Agness did in the Maldives!

If you have shaky hands learning how to lower your ISO setting will help you to take better photographs.

Don’t Be Afraid to Delete Photos

It is worth checking that you have got the shot you wanted, before moving on. That way, if you are not happy you can have another go. Each day, go through your photos and delete the ones that are no good. They will only get in the way when it is time to organise and edit your photos. Take the time to label the ones that you decide to keep. This will make it much easier for you to organise everything into relevant folders and create photo books or albums.

How often do you take pictures when travelling and how good/bad are they? Share your experience in a comment section below!


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Agness Walewinder
Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"
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