I love traveling and I love hearing stories of my friends traveling, but as soon as someone pulls out their phone to show me their travel photos, I typically check out.
I know what the Eiffel Tower looks like and I know for certain you aren’t doing it any justice, which is a shame because travel photos can be such an incredible tool for telling the story of the vacation you just had.
I’m convinced that if we all took better travel photos, more people would get out into the world and expand their worldview.
I’m also sure that better travel photos would make me much more interested to hear about your Honeymoon. So, here’s a beginner’s list on how to take better travel photos.
Better Travel Photos: Keep Patterns in Mind
While my number one travel photography tip could just have easily focused on composition, I think I’ve effectively covered composition already.
So, I’m focusing on patterns. The human mind is hardwired to search for patterns in everything. Patterns are what keep us safe. Patterns are also aesthetically beautiful and can convey the sense of a place, like in the photograph above. From that one photo, it becomes clear that the building the photographer is in is incredibly ornate.
I’d argue even if the photographer had captured just one of the patterns, like the bottom of the pool or the long columns, this sense could still be conveyed.
Plus, it’s always easy to find patterns while traveling because they are everywhere in nature, from pine trees to prairies full of flowers, and people love to recreate these natural patterns in architecture, like in the church above.
Whenever you’re traveling, watch out for patterns, and you could very well have a much-improved set of photos on your hands.
Better Travel Photos: Leading Lines Are Your Friend
Travel bloggers have recently rediscovered leading lines, which is why Instagram is filled with photos of people walking down streets, but this trend is a trend for a reason.
Leading lines help the photographer to redirect the viewer’s eyes, but they also convey a sense of adventure.
And leading lines are almost as easy to find as patterns. You can use roadways, bridges, buildings, windows and just about any object known to mankind to bring redirection to your travel photos.
Keep in mind: most travel photography tips are just beginner photography tips in disguise, so take a beginning photography class if you haven’t already.