The do’s and don'ts of travel photography

It's good to be prepared.

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Do you feel like you never get the picture quality right when you're on holiday? Well, here are some super basic tips on travel photography to get you started...

Do

Ask for permission

It's so easy to get distracted by all the beautiful scenery around you and you may even start taking photos without realising you might be snapping someone’s private property or even their face. To avoid angry locals screaming at you, make sure you ask permission before taking photos.

Don’t

Spend all your time behind the camera

Yes - taking photos is great for keeping memories for the future, but make sure you don’t forget to be present. After all, you are on holiday at the end of the day. Make sure you're not missing out on the real experience and try having a time limit on how long you spend on your camera.

Do

Stay charged up

Nothing is worse than reaching for your camera to capture that stunning moment, only to click on the button and your camera dies. To avoid that agony make sure you charge your cameras fully before leaving your house. It might also be worth getting a spare battery or a portable charger to make sure you never have this issue. Bring your chargers with you to charge up while taking a break at a cafe as well.

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Don't

Be afraid to look like a tourist

A lot of people might fear to appear too “touristy” and would often try to hide their cameras in their bags so people won't notice that they’re tourists. DON'T do that, you are a tourist and you should embrace that to the fullest! Take as many photos as you want and wear as many gift shop hoodies as you like too.

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Do

Plan your photo

Lighting and composition make the perfect photo. Since you can't always predict what you will be capturing it's good to know some rules of thumb to make sure you are always ready to take the perfect shot. When it comes to lighting, take into consideration the best hours to take photos, the “golden hour” is perfect for when you’re ready to strike some poses. If you are taking photos of moving image, try to position the camera so that the sun is behind and not in front of it.

Get familiar with the “rules of third”, this is a very common technique used in the photography world and it helps you take more interesting shots. Imagine your shot canvas is split into a 3x3 grid and use those sections to help align the subject of your photo.

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