Travel photography tips and techniques

Welcome to the section of that deals with the exciting world of travel photography.


Whether going on vacation, traveling for business, just passing through or living on the road, the information, pointers and hints provided here will help to get you started right, with the right equipment properly packed, and will have you taking great travel pictures. We even tell you how to get them and your camera safely home, avoiding theft and film-fogging caused by harmful x-rays in airports.

Hand-holding your camera at slow shutter speeds in relatively-dark interiors is tricky, but can reward you with fine travel pictures.


Some basic tips useful to anyone traveling anywhere include: Take plenty of pictures. You don’t want to return home and try to describe a wonderful scene or event that you could have photogaphed if you had planned to shoot generously. If you are planning to share your adventures while you’re on the road, send your most representative pictures to friends and family by email or upload them to a photo-sharing website. Be selective, though, and don’t overdo it. People will enjoy seeing two or three great pictures much more than 30 or 40 shots of everything you encountered. If you are traveling in a group, each member should bring their own camera, even when one person has agreed to take on the role of principal photographer. You would be surprised at how individuals see photographic subjects in different ways.When photographing an exciting or funny event, take the time every now and then to shoot behind you or beside you to show the reaction of others. When using a digital camera, take the time to review the shots you took that day, and delete those that are unsuitable.Be sure to take along plenty of film or several digital media cards. It’s frustrating to come upon a must-photograph scene, and discover that you’re out of film or your cards are all full. Bring your battery charger along on your trip. Although you can usually charge batteries while they are in your camera, a separate charger permits you to use a second set of batteries while the first is being recharged.

A high shooting angle and a polarizing filter helped to capture snorkelers feeding fish in Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay.

If you are undecided about whether to take a picture of an interesting scene that has caught your attention, just take it. You can always toss it out later if you don’t like it. But, it’s usually difficult to return at a later time to find the same circumstances.The same principle applies to photographs that you think may not turn out. It may seem too dark or too cloudy, for instance, or your subject may be in deep shade or moving quickly. But, go ahead and take the shot anyway. You will sometimes amaze yourself by how a tricky shot turns out better than you expected. Also, many photographs that have minor problems can be saved using digital editing software or in the darkroom. And, if it simply doesn’t work, you know what to do…toss it out.

Early morning in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, two young surfers meet to assess the waves. Capturing their reflection in the vast expanse of shiny wet sand contributes to the composition.

We hope you enjoy and benefit from your visit to this section. It’s full of useful travel photography tips. Begin by clicking on one of the links below, at the page bottom.


With such a wide-ranging topic and so many places in the world to take pictures, we can’t have listed and described everything there is to know.

So, we invite you to send us your tips on travel photography. If you can include a picture that illustrates the tip, so much the better. If we use the information or your picture on the site, we will be happy to list your name as the provider of the tip and give you a photo credit. Ah, the fame and the glory!
Bon voyage, and happy picture-taking.

An electronic translator can be a tremendously helpful communication device when in foreign lands. But, you can also use it before you depart to practice common phrases.

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