How to Take Better Travel Photos

August 15, 2017
Photographing Derwentwater

We all love to capture the memories. The bright blue sea, the classic road trip shot, and the fun and laughter we share on our travels. Maybe even a portrait of a loved one or still life shot to share as part of a business or blog. But often, some people can be left a little disappointed that the pictures they have taken haven’t quite captured the moment or person the way they imagined it would. Too often you can rush to snap away and sometimes it is worth thinking and taking some time before triggering the shutter. Follow the below tips to take better photos of your travels.


Use the right kit

While it is never good to focus too much on the equipment, a decent camera can really help enhance your photography. The best camera is the one which you always have with you, so your phone could be your best tool if you learn how to use it properly. A DSLR or compact mirror-less camera will improve the quality of your image and increase the amount of control you have over the settings, but also consider a tripod when shooting in low light. If shooting film, choose the right film stock for the conditions, and always use a light meter. 


Time of day

Choosing the right time of the day to shoot can drastically change the outcome. Shooting during the middle of the day will result in blown out images with harsh shadows due to the intensity of the sun. Try to make the most of golden hour (the hour just before sunset/after sunrise), or blue hour (just before sunrise/after sunset). Cloud cover and weather conditions are also something to bear in mind.



Changing the way you point and shoot can dramatically change the appearance and style of an image. Too often we can be staring straight at the subject of our photography, whereas angling slightly, looking at it from side on, or even getting lower to the ground or higher can change the way a picture is captured and the finished article.

The winding road through Winnat's Pass

Shoot on location

Sometimes changing where you are shooting can give the picture you capture more depth and intensity, or help to tell the story. That’s why looking online at websites like could help provide some viable options. It can help to provide a ready styled backdrop for the photograph you wish to capture.

Use social media

Social media, especially visual platforms like Instagram can help to share the content you produce. It will enable you to curate an online portfolio and could even lead on to work or other collaborations for business in the future.


Editing is key to create the finished article, so take some time to crop photographs, add lighting or contrast to give the image more depth of focus. These little nifty editing tricks could make all the difference with your photographs. Thankfully, there are some step by step guides online on websites like to help you out.


Finally, once you have a style that you like try and remain consistent with your editing and the way you take your pictures. Especially if you do this as part of a blog or for your business.

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  • Reply Anna September 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Absolutely agree with your points. The best camera is definitely the one you bring along. I’m curious, what’s the camera and tripod/mount I can see in your first picture of this post?

    • Reply admin September 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Isn’t it just! There’s no point having a DSLR and 70-200mm lens when you’re out climbing or cycling! The camera is the Sony A6000- I got rid of my DSLR in favour of a smaller mirrorless body. Really good little camera!

  • Reply Editing Techniques That Will Improve Your Travel Photography October 2, 2017 at 11:49 pm

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