Last updated on March 31st, 2018

Travel photography produces the most epic and rewarding photos. There’s a variety of subjects on this planet that can all be photographed differently: landscapes, street art, and foreign dishes, to wildlife, plants, and people. Read the below travel photography tips to getting that ultimate photo.


Travel Photography Tips

  1. Pack as little as possible with photography and non-photography gear. You don’t want a heavy load to make it feel like a workout, especially when you’re trekking.
  2. Bring a tripod. Yes, it will increase the weight and take up more space but you’ll need it for photographing the twilight hours and stars.
  3. Make sure your camera and lens are weatherproof. Rain, snow, and sand storms are always a possibility.
  4. Use a dedicated camera bag. Camera bags are designed to protect your equipment while travelling.
  5. Make sure you understand how aperture, ISO, and shutter speed work.
  6. Don’t wear flashy colors in countries with high-risk of theft. You’ll want to return home with all your belongings.
  7. Back up your photos to cloud storage in case of hard drive failure or theft.
  8. Shoot in RAW format, not JPG. Editing photos is easier with RAW files.
  9. Unless you’re taking a photo of your passport, never shoot with the Green Box of Death: automatic mode. Also avoid using one of the pre-defined modes such as landscape, portrait, etc. Be in charge of your camera and use manual or aperture priority (my favourite) mode.
  10. Take as many photos as you can. Some of my best photos came from my unexpected shots.
  11. Photograph people in their natural state. Don’t ask them for permission, unless it’s culturally unacceptable, if they are children, or you might get hurt. You can always show people your photo after and ask them if they’re okay with it. Just feel out every situation.
  12. For wildlife photography, make sure to have a telephoto lens.
  13. For underwater photography, use a GoPro or get an underwater housing for your camera.

Did I miss any other travel photography tips? Help me add to the list.