1. Always have your Camera with you

Seems obvious right? Well, it turns out you can’t take a picture if you don’t have a camera, and you don’t want to miss the shot because you left your equipment at home!

This doesn’t need to be an expensive bit of kit – even your smartphone will likely be able to take a decent shot these days – but if you want to be sure not to miss a moment from your trip, then you’ll want to be sure you have your camera on you at all times!

2. Think of the Story you want to tell

If you’re taking photos for you own personal memories (which I strongly encourage you to do!), then this isn’t so important, but if you plan on showing any photos to anyone, be that via social media or even just in e-mail – you need to think about the story.

It might be obvious to you what is happening in the shot because you were there, and you have context. But your viewer doesn’t. You need to make it clear from the shot what’s going on, what the focus is, and what the story is that you are trying to tell. Your friends will thank you for sharing content that they really want to see from your trip!

3. Learn how your camera works

So often people spend a good deal of money on a fairly complex piece of camera equipment, but then don’t take the time to learn how to use it properly. And there is nothing worse than missing a shot because you were trying to remember which dial got you to which menu option to enable that setting that you were sure the camera had the last time you used it.

Learning how your camera works is a really important part of the travel photography puzzle – as well as understanding what things like aperture, shutter speed and ISO actually do and how they work together to help you create a better shot.

4. Understand the Basics of Composition

Now you’ve got your camera on you, you know how it works, and you have a story sorted out in your head, you’ll want to make sure that the pictures you are taking are visually pleasing.

 

There are a number of useful guidelines that can help you compose a great shot. First – consider the rule of thirds. This means that you should split the image up into three equally sized vertical or horizontal sections, and put different parts of the composition into each part of the image. For a sunset for example, you could have one third sea and two thirds sky.

This rule also applies to portraits, where offsetting your subject into the left or right third will be much more visually appealing. There are a number of other rules, including framing your subject - but that's for another day!

5. Shoot at the Right Time of day

Finally, to get the best results, you need to shoot at the right time of day. The best times for photography are in the morning around sunrise, and the evening around sunset. At these times of day the light is softer and warmer, without the harsh shadows, contrasts and light sources that can make day time shooting so challenging.

 

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