Top tips for taking better travel photos

Top tips for taking better travel photos

Holiday season is here and the lab is inundated with images of your trips to all corners of the globe. From holiday snap shots, to professional travel photos, we love seeing what you've been shooting. We often get asked for advice on taking travel photos from customers, so we turned to our community of photographers to get their top tips.

Elizabeth Royse - Be bold

My top tip for taking travel photographs is to be bold and approach people who catch your eye. The worst that can happen is they say no, and you move on. The best that can happen is a powerful connection between you and your subject through the lens.

Chris Spencer- Payne - Add interest through movement 

I think a bit of a movement here and there adds extra interest to a photo. You can photograph the most beautiful landscape just as it is, but when the opportunity arises to get that movement, you've gotta take it. For example, take this photo of Hallstatt. It's THE most famous spot, and I'm pretty sure everyone has seen some kind of image from here on the gram before. However, there's a boat that pulls in every 30 minutes, which creates motion towards the church and the mountains behind. I could have just shot the church and mountains, but by waiting around an extra 30 minutes I got my favourite photo of the trip.


Tiffany Roubert - Look for Unique Perspectives

When you're out exploring, try to find angles and viewpoints that others might overlook. Instead of taking the typical straight-on shot, shoot through objects like windows or arches, or capture reflections in puddles. This can add depth and interest to your travel photos, making them stand out and tell a more compelling story. Plus, it adds a creative twist to your shots that will make your travel memories even more special.

Nick Porter - Do some research

My top tip for travel photography is to take a look at where you’re going on google maps (& street view) in advance. It’s always great to spot something that you want to shoot whilst you’re there ahead of time, especially something that seems out of the ordinary. I think it’s good to go with some images and places in mind, that you might not have found just by being somewhere. Google maps is so useful for finding odd spots.

Stevie Campbell - Be patient 

My top tip is to be patient and absorb the atmosphere of where you’re stood for a minute or two. When travelling it’s easy to fly through rolls but I find by slowing down, finding a composition you’re truly happy with and waiting it out you get a much less chaotic set of photos. This is especially true in the more touristy spots where it’s easy for you and your frame to be distracted by the crowds. 

One of our top tips would be to remember to look after your film when taking them abroad.  Make sure to check out our tips for taking your film through airports, to help make sure the scanners don't ruin your photos!