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Have you ever come home from a perfect vacation, suntanned, relaxed and refreshed only to be underwhelmed by the photos you captured? We’ve all been there! It’s incredibly difficult to create a photo that captures the spirit of a place as well as your mind may remember it without real intent.
While most travellers won’t put the same emphasis on photography as I might (up before sunrise, out late and taking mid-day naps) there are some simple steps that you can follow to improve your travel photos!
Make use of some of the tips below and you’ll come home with images that will wow your friends and leave you wishing you were back there.
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Tell a Story with your Photos
Good travel photography is all about story. Tell the story of the places you visit the people you meet or the cultures you experience through your photos. As a photographer I love a “hero shot” but without supporting, storytelling images they tend to fall flat. So how can you tell the story of a people, a place or a culture? Look to the history of a place, unique traditions and cultural events, color, texture and emotion to help tell your tale.
Give Photography the Time it Deserves
Not allowing time for photography is the #1 reason that people’s photos don’t turn out the way they expected. Good photography doesn’t happen by chance, snapping shots walking down the street on the way to the beach isn’t going to pay off. Plan time to explore with the goal of taking photos. Think about the shots you’re taking and why rather than snapping everything, shoot with purpose.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Often getting the best photos of a place requires beating the crowds. By getting up early and being at these locations before the crowds you’ll have the chance to get photos that most travellers and tourists won’t!
The Human Element
People can be your best resource. Engage with the locals, few subjects tell the story of a place like the local people can. Be respectful, ask permission if you can photograph them and then before you pick up a camera consider both your subject and the background and how that tells the story.
Patience Above All
So you’ve followed the above tips, found an amazing image and just as you’re about to take the shot a new group of tourists arrives ruining the shot. Rather than simply taking the shot and moving on be patient and wait for your opportunity! It’s the same with sunsets. Don’t leave early! You may think you’ve seen the best of it but until the sun is well below the horizon don’t discount it!
Don’t Be Afraid To Fail
Failure is the best way to learn, so long as you decide to learn from it! It happens to everyone. Use failure as a tool, ask yourself why the image didn’t turn out like you wanted, learn the lesson it’s teaching you and apply it the next time you’re shooting!
That’s it! Photography doesn’t have to be disappointing or difficult. While this is only just skimming the surface, if you follow these tips you’ll be making better photos (and garnering more likes too) in no time! Have you been disappointed by your photos? Do you have a tip to share? Leave us a comment; we’d love to hear from you!
About the Author
Patrick is the traveller, explorer, writer and photographer in chief at Adventographer Travel & Photo Blog. He grew up with a healthy appetite for adventure on the west coast of Canada, shook the mindset that he needed material things and made travel a priority in his life. He writes from a wealth of travel experiences both good and bad and endeavors to create & share amazing, inspiring content from around the world as a catalyst for change. Follow along with him as he Explores, Creates & Educates!
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