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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Our Top 10 Travel Photography Tips

A great photo can reignite some of your best memories and we consider our photographs to be the best souvenirs from our travels. Here's our top 10 travel photography tips that we have learnt along the way & hopefully they may help you to also improve your travel photos!



1. Golden Hour.
As well as sunset, make sure you don’t skip sunrise, In addition to being the perfect light you also get to experience a destination with less people, traffic, hustle and bustle. It is also a great time to see some of the best sights in a city without the crowds. 


2. Gorilla pod/Tripod.
We don’t go anywhere without our Gorilla Pod. A gorilla pod does the job of a tripod but is compact, flexible and easy to fit in your suitcase/backpack. It is perfect for a number of purposes from taking selfies to securing to a bridge or lamp post for the slower shutter speed shots 

You can purchase one here: Gorilla Pod.


3. Don’t be lazy!
Always make sure you have your camera with you. This can be a chore on longer trips when you literally always have your camera with you but some of the best pictures are the ones you never expected to get. Sometimes its simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time.


4. Protection.
Don’t worry about always taking your padded case/lens cap. I find it just slows me down. When I first got my camera I was over protective and always kept it in the case nice & safe but missed so many good photo opportunities. Now whilst I am still careful with it I simply have it hanging at my side on a sling. I can be walking along talking & enjoying the scenery and still be able to taking a picture within seconds. The camera is a little more at risk of being damaged and potentially getting a little dirty but what is the point of having it if it is not being used? I always use a lens hood which will provide a level of protection and have a professional camera cleaning kit at home. 

You can purchase a camera sling like ours here: Camera Sling.


5.  Be patient. 
Try not to schedule too much into a day as you might be somewhere amazing but just not able to get the shot that you wanted. There could be a big cloud looming overhead or a coach full of eager tourists affecting your photo. If you are just not getting the picture you want then go look at something else or grab a coffee & enjoy the scene around you before trying again at the optimal time. It really can make the world of difference to your photography.


6. Take more pictures.
I end up with literally thousands of pictures following a trip. It creates a serious job when processing photos but I am always surprised and pleased with the results. Sometimes a picture I thought would be the perfect one is relegated by an extra I didn't think would even make the cut.


7. Take less pictures.
Yes, this completely contradicts the previous tip but sometimes putting the camera down and immersing yourself into the environmental can lead you to the perfect picture that you never would have thought about if you were behind the lens constantly clicking away. It truly is a balance.


8. Get Low – get down on the ground. 
Trying different angles, viewpoints and thinking outside the box can get you something unique to that of everyone else which will really make your photos stand out. 


9.  Learn the lingo. 
Learn how to say hello and try to engage with the people you are taking photos of. You will end up with warmer more genuine photos than you would from simply zooming from a distance and this will also add to your overall travel experience. 


10. Research. 
Spend time researching your destination. Visiting forums and reading travel guides will help you to get prepared and have a plan as to who, what and where you will be photographing, which will greatly improve your photos. I find that even if my best pictures are spur of the moment, the research gets me focused and I also don't miss a must-have shot! It also helps me to get excited about my upcoming trips.



Do you have additional photography tips to share with us?

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    1. Thanks Rachel! It's definently an important one :)
      Simone & Dan

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  2. I'm debating to take my tripod traveling. I just don't want to lug it around!

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    1. That's why we got a gorilla pod! Best investment ever!! :)
      Simone & Dan

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  3. I really like #7. Sometimes you miss the essence of a place if you're just taking photos all the time!

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    1. Agreed! I love to get good shots but make sure I take the time to take it all in & enjoy it :)
      Simone & Dan

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  4. Great tips! I would say: start shooting in RAW and learn how to do post production on your pics :) That helps a great lot :D

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    1. Great tip! That is definently what we are working towards - shooting in RAW!
      Many thanks :)
      Simone & Dan

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  5. Wow great tips! Will certainly use some of these. :)

    travellingweasels.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by - we hope they help!
      Simone & Dan

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  6. Nice tips, number 9 is extremely important when photographing people. You have to be respectful before snapping away.

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    1. Yes we completely agree 100% with this, being respectful is key & so important!
      Simone & Dan

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  7. Thanks for the refresher. I technically know all these tips, but sometimes forget to focus on all of them. Seriously, I think the biggest reason I love to travel is to have new things to photograph, so getting the picture right makes a huge difference.

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    1. Thanks Tamara, we hope they help! I love love love looking back on our photos from trips! They bring back so many amazing memories so yes getting the picture right is so important :)
      Simone & Dan

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  8. Great tips! Always a good read brushing up on the photography tips. I may invest in that sling. Looks helpful.

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    1. Thanks Melody! Yes we love it, it's so convenient & we have hiked some serious mountains whilst wearing it! It's comfortable too :)
      Simone & Dan x

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  9. I always have problems with focus, if I catch an object that's closer, it always skews the sharpness. I seriously think it may be time to invest in some serious gear for the next adventure.

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    1. I definitely think it is a worthwhile investment :) Our photos from our travels are our favourite souvenirs!

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  10. Really good tips, we often take a tripod with us but it can be a pain when travelling carry on only. But you can always improvise too on lamp posts or walls at night. But I am going to invest in a travel sized tripod!

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    1. Yes we agree Nic which is why we got the Gorilla Pod - it seriously is amazing & well worth the investment :)
      Happy travels! Simone & Dan

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  11. Absolutely Great tips! Also want to add this: lock/protect your photos on your camera so you it won't be accidentally deleted.

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    1. Yes Meagan! That's so important, would be devastating if that was to occur! Always important to back up :)
      Simone & Dan

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  12. hi there,
    thanks for sharing information , good tip for every one take travel photos.
    and really wonderful trip.

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