No trip is complete without visual documentation. Whether you choose to Instagram your entire vacation or are more selective with the moments you capture, there are a few ways you can take professional quality photos while you’re abroad.
1. Take a moment to line up your shot.
We’re often afraid of making our photos look too staged. However, sometimes this desire to have a more natural look backfires when your group photo isn’t properly framed or if someone in your group has a less-than-flattering look on their face. While it may not be candid and may seem like an inconvenience, it’s worth taking the time to set up your group shot before you take it.
2. Capture the candid moments
As great as group shots as, don’t forget to take photos of the everyday hijinks of your friends and family during the trip. These photos may not be documenting the beauty of the scenery, but they will remind you of some of the awesome people you shared your journey with.
3. Use an object to chronicle your adventures
Are you travelling alone? As a fun alternative to taking a steady stream of selfies while you’re gallivanting around the world, bring a favourite memento or keepsake on your travels and photograph it in various shots. Who knows, your favorite teddy bear may end up going viral!
4. Make sure to get the entire view
Are you always zooming your photos? While close-ups might be perfect for highlighting a stunning landmark or a mouth-watering plate of food, if you’re trying to capture the natural beauty around you, it’s always better to take a step back and take a panoramic shot.
5. Watch for wildlife
Everyone loves photos of animals! Make sure you don’t let your trip go by without having snapped a few action shots of some of the more unusual creatures you find. If you have a chance to go off the beaten trek and go on a hike, remember to have your camera zoom lens ready to make sure you’re ready when that rare bird happens to land right in front of you!
6. Avoid being cliché
When you’re taking a picture of a recognizable landmark, it’s tempting to take a generic tourist shot which you could have easily found online. Instead, try to add some of your own personality and flair to the photo by making it a photo of something else, which just happens to have the Eiffel Tower or Mount Rushmore in the background. This will help to personalize your experience and make your travel photos way more interesting for your family and friends.
7. Include locals in your photos
We often try to avoid including strangers in our photos. Instead, we stick to plain landscape photos and selfies and group shots. Don’t be afraid to take street photos to capture what everyday life looked like in the places you visited. These photos will not only make your travel album more unique, but will also provide some interesting shots that you might want to turn into wall art when you get home.