One of my biggest motivations for travelling all around the world, is being able to build a portfolio of unbelievable photography. From sweeping landscapes, to colourful city shots, there is nothing I love more than well executed travel photography/cinematography!
One of the best places to showcase your stunning travel photos, is over on Instagram. With a huge community of travel photographers showing off their beautiful beach portraits or epic mountain vistas, it is a great stepping stone to getting your work noticed by the right audience.
So how do you start taking absolutely bang tidy travel photos I hear you say? Well, lucky for you, the internet exists and it is full of very helpful pros willing to give away their tips for free! Learning more about photography and editing will vastly improve the quality of work you can put on your social and your blog. That’s why I’ve gone around and grouped together 11 of my favourite resources to help you take better travel photos.
by Solo Sophie
Taking pictures that have yourself in them, generally perform a hell of a lot better over on Instagram, but when you’re a solo traveller, it’s not so easy to get the perfect picture of yourself in the perfect spot.
Solo Sophie has put together a little guide for you to help you start taking better travel photos of yourself when you haven’t got a helping hand. From being creative with angles, to investing in a few handy pieces of equipment, Sophie encourages you to get creative to get that perfect travel selfie.
by Which Canon Camera
If you’re going to be taking amazing travel photos, you’re going to need to learn how to master manual mode on your camera and that is not always an easy thing to do!
That’s why photography cheat sheets are so important, just like this awesome one by which-canon-camera.com. This sets everything out in a simple and easy to understand way, so you don’t have to get confused about what everything on your camera does and why!
by Sykes Cottages
Another very handy cheat sheet, only this one details a bit about lighting (an absolutely crucial part of taking awesome travel photos!). It also explains composition and the rules of thirds, which I use a hell of a lot when taking my own travel photos.
Finding different and interesting angles is another part of taking awesome photos, which is exactly what this cheat sheet talks about. Find a perspective that someone walking past wouldn’t be able to spot straight away and you’ll have an eye catching and intriguing shot!
by Cinnamon Wolfe
Even if a photograph looks a bit shit in-camera, with a bit of creative editing you could make it look unbelievable! With colour correction, using presets and distorting the angle, you may be able to turn a drab image, into a truly amazing travel photograph. That’s why software like Lightroom is so important to any photographer!
Learn how to use this program inside and out, and you’ll never take a bad photo again!
by Katie Nesbitt
Once you’ve learned the basics of Lightroom, you’ll want to really start to master all of its amazing controls. The panel I use more than any other when creating my own travel photos, is the HSL panel. This panel gives you full control over every colour in your photo. Change the hue of a colour, the saturation and how bright each colour appears.
Katie talks us through how to really get to grips with this amazing tool and how we can use it to massively enhance our images!
Lets get right to the heart of this subject shall we? How do we specifically take better TRAVEL photos? Even though learning all the skills of normal photography can help us, what can we do that will give us the scale and awe factor of a good travel photo?
Ckanani details the main tips of what to think about when taking your travel photos, from choosing a subject to what equipment to use, so you’ll have a well rounded idea of how to get started with travel photography.
by Maarten Schrader
This is a recent find of mine and boy am I glad I stumbled across Maarten’s account! If you have a few favourite Instagram photographers that you LOVE and would love to know how they create their style, Maarten shows you how!
Using Lightroom, he creates easy to follow tutorials that show you how the best of the best edit their photos for Instagram. Just check out the below video to see what I mean!
Every traveller should grab a GoPro for their arsenal of awesome equipment. I recently got a Hero 5 and I’ve never been so happy with a piece of equipment! These things are perfect for global travellers, they are small, super high quality, waterproof and super easy to use!
Here, Currys talk us through what it takes to turn GoPro footage into a cinematic masterpiece!
by Peter McKinnon
Perfect composition in photography can make or break a shot. Find a subject you love and try a multitude of different angles to see just how much the subject changes as you move around. Finding the ‘sweet spot’ can be the one thing that sets your images apart from everyone else’s!
My favourite YouTuber currently is Peter McKinnon, an amazing photographer/cinematographer that has more energy and excitement in one of his videos than I have ever had in my life, but his love for his craft is infectious. He’ll teach you more in a 15 minute video than a 3 year degree ever could!
by Jeven Dovey
If you’ve got a spare 16 minutes, then sit down, saddle up and prepare for a whole lot of information to be thrown at you. Some of these you may already know, some of them you may choose to ignore completely, but all of them will help you to start taking better travel photos!
by Format Magazine
If you’re still struggling to get the hang of editing in Lightroom, why not take a look at some of the awesome presets that are available online? Presets are pre-set controls that determine how your photograph will look. For example, say you’ve edited a cool looking photo using all of Lightroom’s tools and you want to apply the same look to other photos. You can save all your settings from one photo edit as a preset and then at the click of a button, you can add the same settings to another photo!
These are perfect for beginners and Format Magazine have but together some of the best presets out there to get you started!
Do you have a favourite Instagram photographer or more mainstream travel photographer? Well here’s a little task for you:
Task: Grab a few images of theirs, write down everything you love about their photography. Is it the colours, the contrast or lack of, how bright or dark they are, the angles they use? As soon as you know exactly what you love about their style, you’ll be able to experiment more with your own work!
Want to share your awesome travel photos with me? Make sure you head over to Instagram and follow me! @crawford_cat.