Who doesn’t like taking pictures while travelling? After all, pictures are the only constant memories of our travels. I found my love for travel photography in 2014 when I had gone for a trip to Singapore. While I have no formal education in photography or anything even close, neither do I own a DSLR. I have been a phone photographer, but I can safely say that I have spent enough and more time reading and watching videos on photography to jot down some tips I’ve learnt over the years. I don’t claim to be a photographer, neither do I believe I can call myself a photographer in the future because it is an ongoing learning process! Having said all that, I can assure you if you follow these tips it will definitely help you click better photos than you did earlier and it will also help you up your Instagram game(if that is something you’re looking at). So, here are 9 tips that would help you click better images for your memories or/and your social media:
1) Find your Subject
In travel photography, the first step is to spot your subject. You’ll have to identify the object or subject that you want to photograph so that you can take pictures of it. When you are outdoors, look around at different things and let the creativity in you take over the camera. You can make the most regular looking spaces look extraordinary if you look closely. Taking pictures of the sunset might sound boring and like something that everyone does but clicking the sunset while you are at the beach, with sea water waves lining your picture will only make it look more artsy and professional. Once you’ve found your subject, it’ll be easier for you to shoot from different angles and perspectives.
2) Get your Perspectives right
If you’re thinking that you need a professional photographer to take great pictures, you’re thinking wrong( I don’t mean to discredit or disregard their amazing work, but I truly believe if you put in the efforts, you would be able to click stunning pictures too) Professional photographers are pros at getting their perspectives right. There are so many perspective variations that you can take pictures from. For example, the eye-level perspective means taking pictures from the level where you’re standing. Another perspective type shooting from a low angle. This might be a little difficult in the beginning considering that you might shake a little while squatting, kneeling or even lying down while you’re taking the pictures. You’ll get better with practice.
3) Lighting, lighting and lighting
A very important aspect of taking good travel pictures is lighting. Try and make maximum use of daylight if you want to take good pictures when you’re outdoors. Taking pictures in broad daylight will give you the best photo quality and clarity. If you’re planning to visit major tourist attractions, try to reach early in the morning so that the place is not overcrowded with tourists rushing in and out of the camera frame. Visit the place early in the morning, this time of the day is called the ‘Golden Hour of the day’ and see the difference in photo quality. Another plus of going early will be that you won’t have to keep requesting people to move out of the camera frame.
4) Tell a story through each picture
A picture speaks a thousand words, so let your picture speak of your travel expeditions more than anything else. Take pictures of people in their natural surroundings, once you see the results, you will understand the true beauty of naturally taken pictures. Even when taking pictures of yourself, try taking more candid pictures than carefully taken posed pictures. The idea is to capture your feelings, expression and the exact moment when you were at a particular place.
5) Spend time on Editing
This might be a little time consuming but if you are not too pressed for using/ uploading your travel pictures, spend some time editing the pictures through photo editing apps. You could use photo editing apps such as Adobe Lightroom, VSCO, Snapseed or PicsArt which also happen to be influencer favourites. Try and stick to a particular theme when you are editing your pictures so that you get a uniform theme, in case you are uploading it to your social media feed. For example, you could go in for very vibrant pictures which will make your social media feed bright or pictures with sepia undertones that will make your feed look warmer.
6) Go candid
Make use of the burst mode if you’ve got a DSLR on you while you’re travelling. When you trigger the burst mode, you’ll find lots of randomly clicked candid pictures that are much better than usual pictures that you’re posing in. Don’t have a DSLR? Worry not! Try and take pictures of your family or friends moving around, exploring places or while they’re going about regular activities. Candid pictures will soon become your favourites because of all the real moments that you have captured in them.
7) Use your phone’s camera
A lot of us have stopped using DSLRs and other professional cameras since the time new age phones have arrived. Try not to take pictures from mobile apps that you use for editing. Take pictures directly from your phone’s camera so you have the original version of the photo. You can always apply edits/ filters and make changes from the original picture. Also, usually, the main camera always has the highest megapixels and so, you’ll have a very high-quality picture, compared to those pictures clicked from other apps such as Snapchat or Instagram.
8) Keep the camera away from the Object
Leave some space around yourself or the object that you want to click. This will create a better effect than that of your face or the object popping up in an ‘in-your-face’ manner. It is best to keep some extra background space in your pictures around the subject or object. This might or might not be applicable for all types of photography.
9) Rule of Thirds
This is one of the most important principles of photography. The Rule of Thirds means breaking down the photo into 9 parts as seen in the picture below. This Rule not only identifies the four important parts of the image but is also useful in positioning the different elements in your photo.
Picture ideas for when you’re travelling next:
– Take a flat-lay picture of your food, your suitcase, or anything that is laying flat on a surface.
-When you’re outdoors, look for colourful corners and take a picture of it, with the regular (non-colourful) setting in the frame.
-Put your sunglasses to some use and take a picture of the city’s landscape through the glasses of your sunglasses.
-Take silhouette pictures- It could be silhouettes of buildings, animals, people or anything that you want to photograph.
-Have someone take a candid picture of you. This could be at a farm, the beach, in the pool, literally anywhere.
Capture landscapes, even very ordinary scenes and you’ll see how even the most mundane looking places come alive when clicked the right way. Follow these tips and edit your travel pictures to get some of the best travel pictures, you’ve ever clicked! These are just tips and rules that we follow to try and click better pictures, you could and you should break few rules to get the extra ordinary thing you’ve been wanting to get!
BONUS TIP: Follow people on Instagram, take inspiration from them, practice, practice some more, get feedback from people and try to incorporate them in the future.
BTW, if you wish to be featured on my stories, use #NotJustAnyTraveller in your travel photos and you’d stand a chance to be featured on my Instagram story.