five travel photography tips

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After sharing three travel tips a few weeks ago, today I’m sharing five travel photography tips. By travel photography, I really mean holiday snaps. And by sharing, I really mean stealing things I’ve learnt from my husband and pretending I came up with them all by myself!

So here goes:

1. Take your camera with you everywhere

The best camera is the one you have on you and the only way to get good photos is to take photos. So always carry your camera with you! Many camera bags are rather bulky and often a little ugly. One day we’re both going to splurge on Ona Bags (for him, for her) but for now I’m much more likely to take my camera along if I can fit it into my handbag, usually wrapped in a small scarf and definitely away from any water bottles.

Even if it feels a little cumbersome at first, you never know when you’ll want to snap something surprising or unexpected. I only had my phone on me for the photo below, and I was kicking myself for not taking my real camera on that trip

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2. Take bad photos to get good photos

This is a hard one, but switch your camera over to manual and take a lot of crappy photos. I made Will relax for hours on this gorgeous Zanzibari beach (cruel, I know) while I played around with my settings for ages. Progress will be slow, but if you don’t take the time to learn, you’ll never get the really beautiful shots. I’m still struggling with this one – I need to print out this manual mode cheat sheet to stop pestering Will with iso questions every two minutes. But I’ve seen the difference and it’s so worth it.

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3. Try a new angle

The photo below is one of our favourites from our Italy trip. Rather than focus on the house and details below, Will shifted his angle and perspective. All that blue sky with the pops of green make it more of a work of art than just a happy snap. I’m getting it printed big to hang in our home.

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I also LOVE this photo Will took in Rome.

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4. Get out at golden hour

I mentioned this in my tip about travel routines, but the best time to take outdoor photos is the hour or two before sunset. So rather than heading indoors to a museum or to shop, plan your day to be outside in the late afternoon and maximise the perfect light.

5. Let someone else take the photo

We have a lot of photos from the past couple of years travelling together, but only a handful that we are both in. These rare gems are often my favourite holiday snaps. Be bold, ask the closest tourist and make it a priority to get photos that include you, that ancient monument or beach scene, and your travel buddies. Chances are it will be these photos that end up in frames and on your desk.

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