5 Tips to Improve Your Travel Photography

You don’t have to be an expert photographer, or own an expensive camera, to take memorable travel photos. Whether you shoot photos professionally or for pleasure, check out these travel photography tips.

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Decide which device you’ll be using. Will you take most of your photos on your smartphone, camera, or both? If you’re taking a camera, which will you bring with you: a sensitive one with many features, or a heavy-duty camera that’s resistant to the elements? Whatever device or camera you choose, make sure it’s a device with which you’re very familiar. Learning how to use your new camera or smartphone’s complicated features in the middle of a trip is sure to result in frustration and lost opportunities for great photo memories.

Prepare the accessories. If you’ll be shooting your photos with a smartphone, make sure you pack a portable battery and a SIM card (if supported by your smartphone). If bringing a camera, make sure you bring the appropriate lenses, case, and other accessories. Will you need a tripod? Will you need a USB cable? These are questions to consider before your trip.

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Travel with a ‘clean’ device. Are you one of those people who takes photos during events and trips, only to fill up the SIM card without ever uploading the photos? Do yourself a favor and upload – and empty – your camera or device before your trip. The last thing you want is to drop your camera in the lake during a trip, only to remember that your daughter’s wedding photos from a few months ago were also on that camera.

Research your trip. Not all destinations were created equal – or photogenic. Whether you’re traveling to a new or an old destination, take a few minutes to do some research: Are there hidden photogenic gems? Are there times and places to avoid the crowds? When is sunrise, sunset, and the ‘golden hour’ at your destination? Doing some research will not only save time, but also inspire your photography.

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Prepare for the unexpected. This is probably the most important tip when it comes to travel photography. When traveling, the best thing you can do is keep an open-mind and prepare for anything. Sure, everyone takes pictures of landmarks like Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge, but what about the elderly couple holding hands? Or the child chasing a balloon through the park? Consider different vantage points, locations, or angles. Sometimes the best photography isn’t perfectly framed and lighted, but is instead that which contains an element of surprise.

These are just a few tips to help you in your travel photography.  Now that you’re a photography expert, we want to see YOUR travel photos! Post your photos with the hashtag #ClubCarlson and we’ll share our favorites.


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