Inside: Are you traveling and want to take professional photos? Whip out your handy dslr, phone or point and shoot camera and lets get to shooting amazing pictures. Travel Photo Tips for beginners.
These beginner travel photo tips don’t even require a fancy dSLR camera! These tips can be used even for a point and shoot camera or an iPhone!!!
If you know me or follow me I love to travel…and so does my husband. We make a great team at the same time between the two of us our middle name should be- GO!!!
If you travel…or are planning on traveling these 7 tips might be key to you not holding your camera the entire vacation and missing all of the memories just because you’re so engrossed in taking pictures. Does this sound familiar? I know it does to me. As much as I love the photography side of traveling I have to remind myself to set it to the side to still enjoy our time and the places we’re seeing and memories we’re making.
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Travel Photography Ideas:
1- Wide Angle Shot
First, I always take a wide angle view of our surroundings of where we are at. Wide angle means I get as much in the one image as I possibly can (or want to!). This is telling the story of where we are at and what we are doing/seeing.
2- Take a detail shot
Taking a detail shot compliments the story of the above picture. This could encompass several detail shots but I think “big” (tip #1 wide angle shot) then “small” detail shot of the same thing.
3- Look at what is unique to this area you are visiting.
The details of the landscapes, the nature and the architecture. The food, roads and people. Capture all of this as it’s what makes the area you are visiting unique.
4- Take Travel Photos of Yourself and those with you.
Capture those you are traveling with and what they are engaging in on this travel. For example: Instead of capturing just the sign (I love where this article by the Digital Photography School mentions including signage in your travel photos!) of the park you are visiting, maybe a family member is standing there reading it…capture THEM and the sign. Then your sign of where you are at and visiting has a story to go along with it…and it’s not the boring sign that three months later you wondered why you even took that picture??!
5- Travel Photo Tip – Tell a Story
Be sure to tell a story with your trip. Capture all of the moments from the silliest things you are eating to the places you are visiting…to the roads you are traveling and the snacks you are eating.
6- How do you take Good Travel Selfies
You won’t regret not having documented you in on the travel and story. Don’t be afraid to ask a stranger…although the picture they take may not be exactly what you had in mind…it’s better than nothing.
Better yet show off our selfie skills – set your self-timer on your camera and jump in the picture. I like using my fish-eye to get crazy shots of us…it’s fun…and documents we were there! One day you want to be remembered…don’t shy away from being in FRONT of the camera…it’s not healthy!! *wink*
A few more ideas on selfies while traveling with this article
7- Put the camera down
Once you have gotten these previous shots, put your camera down and enjoy the time with who you are traveling with and letting your eyes and sense take in what you are viewing and enjoying. I know it sounds silly to put the camera down but if you’ve gotten the shot- now it’s time to enjoy where you are at!
Go head out and enjoy God’s beautiful hand-work and art work he created for us to enjoy!
Hi! I’m Erin, a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little two year old, Miss E, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that we run two successful businesses together!