Travel photography is of course one of the absolute favourite branches of photography for some people. In general, this describes the documentation of landscapes, people, cultures and ways of life in different countries and regions.
While travel photography was mainly practised by scientists and documenters 100 years ago, nowadays a mobile phone is often enough.
Taking photos while travelling has never been easier and can be practised by almost anyone whether for personal memory or for other entertainment purposes.
Simple tips to create beautiful travel images
Find out about your travel destination
Before you travel to a foreign country or an unfamiliar city, you should inform yourself about your destination. Think in advance what, where and when you might want to photograph.
Of course, you can also spontaneously record what comes in front of your lens. Nevertheless, you should know whether there is a public holiday or a big festival taking place at the time you plan to travel.
Know your camera
Before you travel with a new camera, you should familiarize yourself with it. Know the most important settings and capabilities of your camera.
The more familiar you are with your camera, and your tool, the more you can concentrate on the composition of the actual picture.
When travelling, you will not be able to avoid photographing one or the other person. However, you should always keep the personal rights of the individual in mind.
So ask before you photograph someone and then get permission to publish this photo if necessary.
Sometimes just lifting the camera, a questioning nod and a smile are enough to get permission for a photo.
Treat others the way you would like to be treated. After all, you don’t want to suddenly see your photo published somewhere maybe even in a reputation-damaging context or in an unfavourable way, right?
Let the environment work on you
This is perhaps one of the most important tips. Don’t walk around blind with your eye on the viewfinder. Photograph consciously.
Before you even think about a photo, take in the surroundings, and immerse yourself in the place. Analyze what fascinates you so much or what you want to express with a photo. And don’t forget to enjoy the moment while taking pictures.
A really good photo should be clear in its message or, in the best case, tell a story. So take the time to create an authentic photo that does justice to the environment instead of just snapping away.