I love exploring new places and taking photos that I’ll be able to look at proudly for many years. However, there are certain things to keep in mind if you want to take travel photos that you’ll be proud of on your next city break!
Today I’ll be sharing some top travel photography tips from the Jessops Academy team that will help you to plan ahead and take photos that you’ll be proud to show off on your Insta feed!
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Research your destination
I love researching any city I’ll be visiting before I actually visit – discovering all the best places to visit and any must-see tourist attractions. Instagram is a great source of inspiration to check out before visiting a new place – you can search for the place by location and check out how others have captured the city. If you really want to take your photography to a whole new level, take note of the angles and perspectives that have been used and think of those that haven’t been done yet.
Google street view is another great resource to check out before visiting somewhere new as you can explore any vantage points nearby. You could also consider what would be the best time of day to photograph different areas – perhaps the area is known for its picturesque sunsets.
The rule of thirds
The ‘rule of thirds’ is a popular tip when it comes to photography – and for good reason too. The secret to mastering this technique is to visualise a grid of lines running horizontally and vertically, breaking the image into thirds. Using the ‘Live View’ shooting screen on your camera will allow you to display the ‘thirds’ grid to aid in visualising and achieving this. Place the key points of interest in your image in one of the thirds or intersecting points on the grid to instantly draw attention to them and make the photo even more pleasing to the eye. And of course,take a few moments before you take your shot to consider the composition, lighting and angles of your image.
Stabilise yourself (and your camera)
Stabilise your camera with a tripod to ensure the clearest image possible. Although tripods are traditionally quite bulky, there are plenty of compact and light tripods available nowadays that will even fit in your cabin bag. A tripod will minimise any camera shake which is the most common cause of blurry pictures. You can minimise any movement in your camera even more by taking your photos using a remote control as this will eliminate the vibration caused by pressing the camera’s shutter button.
If you’re spending the day exploring a new city, challenge yourself by setting yourself a theme such as architecture, colour or reflections and focus on that for the day. You’d be surprised at what type of photography you can achieve that way!
Accessories can be life changing
Packing some simple camera accessories can make a huge difference in the photos you take whilst on holiday. A tabletop tripod will only take up a small amount of space in your suitcase and can even fit in your pocket when you’re out and about, yet it can make a big difference to your pictures. Keeping some extra memory cards with you as well as a spare battery or two for longer day trips is essential if you want to keep snapping photos all day. There’s nothing worse than running out of battery charge in the middle of a photo adventure! Ensure that your camera bag is large enough to hold everything you need and above all else is comfortable enough to carry for those days out.
Try a course
In order to be fully prepared to take the best holiday photos you can possibly take, why not enrol on a one day photography course? Jessops offers a whole range of photography workshops that are sociable and hugely helpful. “The one-day courses like our Jessops Photography Level 1 and our Photo Walks offer an opportunity to unlock, understand and take control of your camera and composition to maximise your creativity – designed for any digital camera that can be manually controlled,” says Ian Savage, Head of the Jessops Academy. “The courses have been created to cater for all levels of photographer and are hosted by our network of expert tutors who will give you tailored feedback and tips as you go along.”
Fancy something extra-adventurous? Why not combine your love of travel and photography and join Jessops on one of their many photographic breaks including Scottish wildlife exploration, Landscape breaks in some of the UK’s most breath-taking areas, photographing Wales, Dolphins and cetaceans and even a Namibian safari. Courses start from £119. For more info, visit https://www.jessops.com/courses/academy
Once you’re back, don’t forget to print your photos!
I’m definitely guilty of leaving all my holiday photos stored on my memory cards. However, I really want to make it a point to start printing off my photos! I love having printed photos to look back on from when I was young, and it would be so lovely to have more photos to look through from more recent times too. From as little as 6p per print you can order high-quality photos from Jessops!