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7 Travel Photography Tips

Photography is the world as seen through the eyes of the photographer.

In the same way that two writers would tell two completely different accounts of the same moment, two photographers will likely photograph the exact same scene, the exact same moment in two completely different ways.

This similarity between writing and photography is exactly why they are such perfect complements.

Imagine a powerful description of a beautiful travel destination accompanied by uninteresting photographs. And vice versa, imagine an amazing photograph with a boring description. Being able to master both art forms allows the travel writer to fully control the description and portrayal of stories, moments, and destinations.

Mastery of both writing and photography allows one to control the portrayal of a moment.

For me, photography has given me the opportunity to travel the world. Our Los Angeles Wedding Photography [1] business has taken us from our home base of California to Taiwan, Peru, Italy, Mexico and other countries as destination weddings have become more and more popular.

My passions for photography and writing have also led me to teach and write tutorials for those interested in learning, which leads us to this article.

I’ll be sharing 7 travel photography tips based around the images I took on a recent trip to Peru.

  1. Take Advantage of Dramatic Clouds
    If you’re planning your travel and you’re hoping for stunning imagery of landscapes or architecture, keep in mind that clouds add a powerful dynamic to these types of images.


  2. Use a Lens with a Wide Focal Length Range
    Travelling light is important with everything related to travel, and photography equipment is no exception. Using a lens with a wide focal length range allows you to take just one lens on your travels. For those of you new to photography, focal length can be thought of in terms of the amount of zoom. The higher the number, the more the zoom. Ranges like 24-70mm or 28-75mm are great because they give you the ability to zoom out for wider landscape and architecture shots and zoom in for your candid people shots.
  3. Consider Shooting From the Car
    If you’re photographing people on the street, it’s important to be tactful. Sometimes people welcome the attention, other times your actions can come off as offensive. Shooting from your vehicle is a great way to snap that shot without being noticed. You can also use the car as an interesting foreground.

  4. Photograph the Children
    Many children love posing for the camera, making them great subjects to photograph. Easy-to-work with and cute, their spirit and innocence will add a different, interesting, and sometimes fun aspect to your travel portfolio.

  5. Find Forgrounds and Frames
    Great compositions often come from finding frames and foregrounds. Look for lines, windows, doors and more.

  6. Avoid Bullseye Shots
    It’s tempting to place your subjects right in the center of your photographs; but this can sometimes lead to boring or uninteresting images. Using some negative space or placing your subjects off-center can sometimes add interest to your images and highlight the background.

  7. Don’t forget the Details
    As you walk around, don’t forget the beauty of the details. Whether it’s the artwork, the crafts, or the jewelry, keep an eye out for colors and intricate details.

I hope you found a few useful tips; and of course, I welcome your comments! If you would like to learn more about photography, please check out our photography tutorials [2] site, SLR Lounge.

~ Chris