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5 tips for better travel photography

The post 5 Tips for Better Travel Photography first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy Flint.

Traveling with your camera is one of the highlights when starting a journey at home or abroad. Whether you like interesting places, enjoy the sun or want to undertake adventurous activities, here are some tips for better travel photography.

1. Do your research

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Provence, France © Jeremy Flint

One of the most fundamental aspects of travel photography is to do research into the destination that you visit. Information about a location and information about a place and its sights can help you plan your trip. You can find out more about your destination through this information collection process. Ask yourself what you prefer to see. Spend your time visiting places of interest to you.

2. Decide what you want to photograph

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Provence, France © Jeremy Flint

There are two approaches to consider when determining what photos should be taken when on location. First, you can come up with a plan for the things you want to photograph. You can also be more spontaneous and walk around and photograph everything you see that inspires you. The advantage of the latter is that you can be more creative without preconceived ideas about what you are going to photograph.

3. Manage your expectations

If you are visiting somewhere for a short time, you may not have enough time to see all the tourist sights and highlights. That is why you must decide in advance where you want to visit and take photos and what your photographic priorities are.

Be realistic with your time. It will be a more pleasant experience. Do not try to do so much that you become exhausted after the journey. You will often find that you do not have enough time to discuss everything during your first visit. I recommend choosing one or two places that you would really like to see and photograph. Go there in case you eventually run out of time. By visiting fewer places, you can do more justice to your photos, especially if you can stay close to combat travel photography frustrations, such as inclement weather.

Moreover, you can always visit again to cover the areas that you are missing.

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Palawan, the Philippines © Jeremy Flint

During a recent trip to the Philippines, I was forced into time and decided to base myself on a place where I visited and photographed my surroundings. This made for a much nicer trip. I did not rush to see everything at once and I could take advantage of any good weather.

Ultimately, managing your expectations depends on your goals, what you want to photograph and how much time you want to spend in different locations.

4. Embrace the culture

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Papua New Guinea © Jeremy Flint

A visit to a new location with your camera should be more than just taking photos. When you visit foreign countries, you will certainly come across different cultures that are different from those in your own city and country. To take full advantage of the place you visit, be open to the culture that is present. Experiencing a first-hand culture is just as much a part of the joy and wonder of a new place as it is to photograph its landmarks.

During a recent visit to Romania, I wanted to photograph the attractive landscapes of the country. While I was there, I was overwhelmed by the friendliness and hospitality of the people. By embracing the local culture, I found the trip so much more satisfying.

Be open and flexible. Give time for cultural experiences.

5. Enjoy your trip

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Palawan, the Philippines © Jeremy Flint

While taking photos is all part of the pleasure of documenting your adventures, make sure you have some non-photographic time.

Have you ever been on a trip to find that you feel exhausted after the trip by taking too many pictures? Do not try to spend all your time behind the camera taking photos.

To enjoy your journeys more, take a moment for photography and enjoy the sights and surroundings without a camera. You will feel refreshed and your creativity can get better.

Conclusion

Travel photography is one of the nicest aspects of photography, especially since you have the opportunity to visit places near and far with your camera.

For better results when recording your trip, research your destination in advance. Decide what you would like to photograph most. Be realistic with what you expect to capture, embrace the culture and above all enjoy your trip!

Share your travel photos & other tips for better travel photos in the comments below.

Tips for better travel photography

The post 5 Tips for Better Travel Photography first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jeremy Flint.

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