10 tips for taking amazing travel photographs

Imagine you’re on holiday and stumble upon an incredible vista. You reach for your DSLR and snap away like Annie Leibovitz on a mission. Unfortunately the results just aren’t awe-inspiring. Well here are a few tips that will make sure you capture nature at her very best.

Look at the big picture

While close-ups and selfies may all be well and good, when you want to capture the beauty of a landscape you’ve got to paint a large canvas. So make sure you get everything in, or at least give a good ol’ college try.

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Groups are good, but be wary of crowds

Group photographs can really bring to life a fun holiday, but make sure that everyone’s on the same page. There’s nothing worse than a group picture comprising bored people.

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The window pic

Portraits are windows into the soul, and can also bring out the sheer joy a traveller experiences when he sees a foreign sun reflecting in the eyes of the person he loves. Classic portraiture is an extremely underrated artform.

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Don’t miss the birds and the beasts

While people may make a trip fun, it’s the local wildlife that makes it memorable. Don’t forget to take time out to enjoy and capture (on film, mind) the creatures of the land you’re travelling through.

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Opt for the natural over the  staged

Staged shots sound great in theory, but it’s those candid photographs that really become talking points. People-watching is the best way to capture those amazing moments of pure humanity.

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The Sun is your friend, use it

Our friends at Independent Traveller believe that “the easiest way to flatter your subject is to put it in the best light. If you want your subjects’ faces to shine, turn them so the sun is shining on their faces. If you want your photo of your cruise ship to look like the brochures, take the photo on the sunny side of the ship. Alternately, if you want to catch the glistening of light on the ocean, take the photo when the sun is low enough to bounce off the waves.”

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Tilt shift for that cooler pic

Even though Tilt Shift photography has been around a while it still makes for stunningly quirky photography. According to Wikipedia: “Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements  on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus , often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post-processing; the name may derive from the tilt-shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically. Simply put the tilt-shift effect is really cool.

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