Here are our favourite travel photography tips for beginners, based on our experience of going from complete amateurs to professional travel photographers in 3 years.
When you go on holiday many people want to take the absolute best photos possible so you can look back on, and remember, everything about those special moments. The sights, the emotions, the atmosphere; a good photo can bring back all of these memories.
After a decade of travelling the world I now look back on some of my old photos and think, “Damn, I wish I knew more about photography back then.” These days our images really match what we saw and how we felt on our travels, and they’re something I’m proud to display.
To help the beginner travel photographer out I have made this post with my favourite travel photography tips to let you come home with something you’ll be excited to show your friends and family (or even start making a living out of).
General Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
To start with let me talk about the general travel photography tips that I feel are not only the most important, but also the most difficult to master.
Developing an eye for photography can, and will, take years. It’s a never-ending learning process, but I promise you with practice you will get better. And once you start to get the skills for framing and composing a shot, the rest is easy.
Know Your Camera
I have been through many styles and brands of cameras over the years. First there was the film camera I had when I was 14, which sparked my love of photography. I had no idea what I was doing and I wasted a lot of money getting crappy images developed because I just didn’t know how to use it.
Then I bought a few point and shoot cameras as I travelled the world, before finally upgrading to an entry-level dSLR. This really sparked my love of photography, and now I’m using a professional, full frame mirrorless camera from Sony.
These days most people use digital cameras, which is so much better to develop your skills on. Still it takes some time to perfect in the field, and my first travel photography tip is to know your camera.
Whether you have a point-and-shoot, a mirrorless or a dSLR, take the time to learn about your camera. Figure out what all the buttons do and why they can be important.
Study the menu so that if you need to change a setting in the field you’re not spending minutes scrolling through it when timing is critical.
Also don’t forget to learn your camera’s limitations. Does it perform well in low-light or does the image fall apart? Is it sharp wide open, or do you need to stop down to get the best clarity? Does it have inbuilt image stabilisation?
Ultimately when you pick up your camera you want to feel comfortable and know exactly how it works. Then getting better pictures will come faster and easier.