How to Take a Travel Photo Like a Pro

August 22, 2014 by Anthony Lavall

This article is being shared from the Flight Centre ‘Experts’ magazine.

Palm Trees and Sunset

Photograph what makes your destination special
Every place will have things that make it special – it could be cormorant fishermen in China, fried spiders in Cambodia or land-divers in Vanuatu. Do your research and set out to capture local life.

Get up early – stay out late!
Drag yourself out of bed and head out with your camera to take advantage of the golden light of sunrise – you might even encounter a ritual that only happens early, like a local market or even monks on their morning alms rounds in Asia.

English Town by River

Interpret the world with your pictures
Don’t just photograph what something looks like; photograph what it means to you. Every picture should have a point, and someone should be able to tell that point when looking at it.

Avoid the middle ground
Don’t always shoot with your subject in the centre of the frame – compose them to one side and your pictures will be more balanced. If you are shooting a landscape, then place the horizon two-thirds of the way up the frame.

Newquay Beach and Blue Sky

Shoot round your subject
Don’t just take one shot and then toddle off: take several. Use different angles and subject distance; try a tight composition and a shot that shows the background too.

Find a good vantage point
Cities look great from above, especially at night. Seek out a good vantage point to take your pictures from and be prepared to go back a couple of times at different times of day.

Maldives Beach Through Trees

Remember the human touch
Wherever you go, photograph people. They give life to any destination and, with over 6 billion faces in the world, there is no better way to make sure you are taking a truly unique picture.


About Anthony Lavall

Anthony is part of the digital marketing team at Flight Centre and contributes news and blog stories from around the world. He loves travel, especially visiting new places and experiencing new cultures.