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How to Take Great Photos When Traveling

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by Adam (subscribe)
I'm a silent thinker with a creative touch. Adam
Published January 16th 2019

These are all specific photography tips related to travel photography to help travellers capture their moments more efficiently & effectively.

1. Pack only what you need
When it comes to packing for travel more generally, you should always only pack what you need and remember you can buy anything else once you arrive or throughout your trip. There are a few key items you can't miss. Here they are a camera which is lightweight and high image quality, battery charger and an extra battery. Make sure you are wearing a simple travel kit.

2. Pack better
One of the core problems in travel photography is taking care of your gear. That could mean having dust on your camera, or extend as far as having your camera gear broken in transit. Before you go anywhere, be sure to properly protect your travel photography gear. Make it easy on yourself by having an easily accessible bag and a system in place to follow to ensure your gear is in good order.

3. Research your location
For a travel photographer, this is an absolute must if you're looking to take the best photos to showcase your destination. With so many people travelling so often and to so many places, you can rest assured that almost always the photos you will be taking have been taken before. Ideally, as at this time of year, the sun would be directly behind my frame and result in so much backlight that the photo would appear dull and lifeless.

4. Get along with the other tourists
One of the most interesting scenarios for a photographer is to arrive at a place when it is filled with tourists that it just completely sets you up from the shot you are aiming to take. But it's better to always arrive early at first light, while the rest of the city is still sleeping! This also makes for a very interesting perspective on a city before it wakes up.

5. Have the right type of lenses
Just as there are different utensils for different types of there are different lenses that work for different types of shooting. The essential lenses to have in your kit are a wide angle for landscapes, a general shooting lens for everyday use, and a prime lens for food, flowers, portrait photography!

6. Set aside days specifically for photographing
As humans, we have 'on' days and 'off' days when it comes to most things, so it should come at no surprise that some days we don't feel like photographing and some days we don't even feel like leaving the hotel bed! Don't feel guilty about it if you feel like a less strenuous day every so often in your travels, just take the day off and be sure to shoot on a designated day.

7. Book a room with a view
Finding vantage points in a city can often be tough when everyone is heading to the same places, but a great way to go against the crowds and find your own perfect viewpoint is to book a hotel room with a view!

8. Be prepared for changing weather conditions
Just because it is raining outside does not mean you can't capture great photographs! Overcast days actually allow for great photographs as the lighting is much more shootable and allows your entire image to be depicted much better than if it were not overcast.

9. Learn to shoot at night
Shooting cities in the evening will provide you with a completely refreshed take on a city and a completely new set of photographs to match! If you're out in the countryside.

10. Photograph "The little things"
Don't miss the settings that you often notice, but hardly ever choose to photograph. Be sure to keep an eye out for the little things flowers on a balcony, colorful socks on a clothesline, patterned tiles on the ground beneath you, etc.
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