How to Improve Your Travel Photography

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Booking a plane ticket to fly overseas and explore new lands?
Planning a trip to the Mohonk Mountain House in New York State? Wherever you’re going, you’re probably going to bring a camera. Here’s how to improve your travel photography, even if you’re a newbie photographer.

1. Take advantage of the right lighting. Photographing in the early morning or in the late afternoon tends to supply the perfect light. The light is soft during these times, which will make the image look more interesting. Other times, the light may be too harsh or too dim.

2. Don’t let your shadow intrude on the photo. To avoid this, don’t stand between the light source and your subject.

3. If you’re using a slow shutter speed, make sure to put your camera on a tripod to prevent any camera shake.

4. If you’re shooting in the desert, you’ll want to break up the repetition. When possible, incorporate an interesting element, like a palm tree, shrub, sand dune, or people. This is a great tip when traveling anywhere where there’s a big expanse of land without a lot of distractions.

5. Pay extra attention to those details! In the desert, for example, the wind creates gorgeous sand lines. They can look wonderful in photos, especially if there are also shadows to add drama. In the forest, you can shoot more than just the canopy of trees. Look down to find interesting bugs or fallen leaves in unique shapes.

6. Try to capture a tiny detail instead of the scene as a whole. Yes, landscape photography can be gorgeous, but so can usually-unnoticed details. First, take the big picture, then zone in on specifics.

7. Try to tell a story with your pictures. Capture images that seem to follow each other in a sequence. Is there a local man walking his dogs? Can you see their footprints on a dirt road? Is the animal now sleeping under a tree? Take a series of photos to tell a story.

8. When traveling, it’s highly important to protect your camera and equipment. Sand, water, and other elements can be extremely damaging to camera equipment. Instead of risking ruining the lenses as you change them, carry two cameras with the two lenses you’ll use the most. You won’t have to worry about dropping or scratching a lens as you swap them out. Also, wrap your camera when you’re not using it. You can also use a UV filter to protect the glass of the lenses. Replacing the filter will cost a lot less than replacing the lens glass.

Take more pictures than you think you’ll need! Once you get home, you can whittle them down to your favorites.


  1. Lord knows, I need some advice on how to take better photos. I'm beginning to think I'm one of those people who is just hopeless at it. If it's not blurry, it's just too dark or too light or just boring.

  2. Thank you for these great tips! I can't seem to get pics I truly like.