Traveling is always one of the best avenues to take beautiful photos. All the sceneries and their colors are truly IG-worthy.

You might have a few apprehensions if you’re new to travel photography (or photography in general). The good news is travel photography allows you to make a few errors along the way.

So here are a few notes you might want to jot down to take better photos during your travels with these small tips!

  1. Research about the destination

    Know the best places to take your photos.
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    Don’t just research on accommodation, transportation, and itinerary; do a considerable amount of research on picture-perfect places as well.

    Consider places with great scenes, colors, and even texture. Better yet, look for places with a lot of ‘character.’

    You can also try to look at how other photographers did it, and try to think about how to take photos differently.

  2. Bring the right equipment

    Bring a camera that you're comfortable using.
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    Acquiring the latest equipment could be very tempting, but it’s not a necessity.

    If you have a camera, take advantage of it. No need to buy the latest model just to take good travel photos.

    Instead, use a camera that you’re comfortable with. It would be a better travel experience to bring a camera that you can easily play with rather than a new one that you’re not familiar with using.

    But if you do need a new camera, Senheng has a wide selection of cameras to choose from. Even better are the abundant Senheng promotions on ShopBack.

  3. Use a tripod

    Having a tripod helps in taking good photos.
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    Consider a tripod as an extra hand (and legs) when taking travel photos.

    It can help you take steady and well-framed shots. Plus, if you’re traveling alone, you can take a photo with the scenery.

    You can bring compact and light, yet sturdy, ones so it would be easy to carry around.

  4. Travel light

    Traveling light can help you move around easily.
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    As it has been, always try to travel light.

    Bring only the things that you need for your trip or even just for that particular day out.

    Traveling light can help you move around easier and faster, and that’s a huge advantage when taking photos.

  5. Play with colors

    See lots of colors in the scene? Take advantage of it.
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    You’ll eventually come across a colorful place in your travel – be it the flowers around you or the colorful houses and buildings.

    Take photos of them and play around with the colors. Try to look for a better frame or angle to make it a picturesque view.

    Look for contrasting or complementary colored objects and sights, and you’ll see how beautifully they blend well.

  6. Frame through the scene

    Use the scene or background as your frame.
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    Just like colors, bumping into a scene that is naturally or coincidentally ‘pre-framed’ for you is inevitable.

    Buildings with arches or beams. Trees and trunks in the woods. Mountains and clouds on the horizon. These are just a few things you’ll come across in your travel that creates a sense of framing.

    Take advantage of these scenes. Capture images with these natural frames in mind and keep the balance and symmetry on your photos.

  7. Rule of thirds

    Learn the rule of thirds and apply it on your photos.
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    Rule of thirds is one of the most basic photography principles you have to learn and apply.

    Try to turn on the grid lines on your camera. Frame your subject in a way that they are balanced in all three portions (horizontally, vertically, or both).

    It’s also helpful if you position the focus or subject where the grid lines intersect.

  8. Timing is everything

    Wake up early or stay up late. Good photos sometimes need good timing.
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    Some nature spectacles can only be captured at a particular time of the day. Sunrise and sunset, for example.

    Therefore, to include them as part of your travel portfolio, you need to wake up a tad bit earlier or stay up longer.

    Because just like everything in life, timing is everything even with your travel photos.

  9. Backup photos

    Always make sure to have a backup.
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    Techie individuals have this unwritten rule that every file should have a backup. This also rings true to your travel photos.

    Dedicate a separate folder on your computer or external hard drive for your travel photos. Or, if you’re planning to do this for a long time, have a separate hard drive just for your photos.

    You can also opt to save some backup through cloud storage.

    Always have backups because you’ll never know if/when something might crash.

  10. Enjoy!

    Enjoy! That's the point of traveling, right?
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    What is travel when you don’t enjoy it?

    It’s not every day that you end up in a different country, so never forget to enjoy.

    After all, what would those travel photos mean if there are no beautiful memories attached to it?

*Featured Image Credit: Ed Gregory |