5 tips on taking better travel photos

Jun 9, 2017

Commercial photographer Rory Daniel dispenses some useful tips on how to capture those once-in-a-lifetime travel memories.

The places we travel to are often different from home. Every place has its own character, look and feel. Taking good photographs on your trip can give you indelible memories of your experience.

Your camera

Some cameras on the market produce quality photos, but are bulky and add considerable weight to your luggage. You do not need a heavy-duty camera unless you are a professional photographer on an assignment.

There are many great cameras that are lightweight and can get the job done. If you are an experienced photographer, Daniel says that purchasing a smaller camera that is able to accommodate interchangeable lenses for flexibility is ideal.

“Invest in a light and versatile camera. Travel is exhausting enough without having to drag a lot of equipment around with you, so bring the lightest camera you have. A smaller camera also makes you less conspicuous for street photography. Your subject will be less likely to notice, or be intimidated by a smaller camera.”

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It is not always necessary to bring along a gamut of camera accessories. Stick to the basics.

Daniel says: “I personally do not travel without a tripod. The most interesting light happens in the morning, evening and at night, but the low light increases the chances of having blurry images caused by a shaky camera. A tripod prevents the camera from shaking on longer exposures, especially at night.”

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Camera settings

Basic camera settings may be good enough for someone who is a beginner, but if you wish to take more interesting pictures, get to know your camera’s settings. Play around with the manual functions and explore the unique features of your camera.

Most camera settings save your images as ‘JPEG’, the most commonly known photograph format. But Daniel recommends saving your images in the ‘RAW’ format to give you more leeway to edit your pictures.

“Set your camera to shoot in RAW instead of the JPEG format. The files are bigger, but RAW files give you a lot more flexibility in post processing when using photo-editing programs. They allow you more room to adjust colours, lighting and saturation than JPEG files.”