Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have Camera Will Travel

        Photo: © Shaina Oliphant

Top 10 Travel Photography Tips:
  1. Capture the essence of your vacation by shooting destination-specific objects;
  2. Photograph interesting locals in their everyday setting for a glimpse of what real life is like in a certain place;
  3. Find a high vantage point like a mountain or skyscraper for cool city views (don't forget the view from your hotel);
  4. Get up early and take pictures in the morning for dramatic lighting effects and to beat the crowds at popular locations;
  5. When shooting through glass enclosures at zoos, aquariums, museums, etc. avoid annoying reflections in your photos by not using a flash and by pressing your lens right up to the glass;
  6. Keep your photos from looking like a run-of-the-mill postcard by looking for unusual views and angles when shooting local landmarks;
  7. Don't just visit the popular tourist traps, explore local streets, parks and markets to capture authentic images of your destination;
  8. Whether you're headed to sand or sea, protect your camera from harsh elements by keeping it in a plastic pack and remove it only when shooting;
  9. Protect yourself by constantly being aware of your surroundings and try not to make it so obvious that you're a tourist;
  10. Do a little research before you go to learn about must-see places and upcoming events.


  1. These are great tips! Can't wait to try them out when I take the kids away for spring break.

  2. Thanks! Let me know how they work out for you.