5 Common Travel Photography Mistakes To Avoid

Written by Gina Stephens

Here are five plebeian mistakes photographers make on their holidays and how you can ensure you don't make the same errors.

1. Not Doing Your Research 

How much you inspect and what you research will depend on the purpose of your holiday. Are you going to a place with photography in mind or is photography something that you'll unbiased be occasionally doing on the odd excursion? If photography is the main purpose of your trip you'll need to do slightly more planning / research than if you diagram on laying by a pool for the majority of your holiday, but that's not to say research still isn't important as research and knowledge about the location you're peripatetic to will always make your holiday run more smoothly.

Where's your hotel? How easy is it to travel to other locations from it? What laws/ customs do you need to be aware of…etc. are all important questions you should be asking. When photography is your main goal you'll need to do slightly myriad work to find out the best locations / opportunities that are perfect for photography. As well as the internet, chat to hotel staff and if the place you're checking in has one, the local tourist office as you'll likely find useful information not necessarily listed in a guide book. Do plan correctly for the stand, terrain etc. you'll be facing on trips out, too. 

The more information you collect before your trip, the more productive you'll find it to be. In event, if you make a shooting plan or note down a few ideas in a notebook you can take the notes with you so you're not always searching for shooting suggestions.

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2. Not Make an exit The Tour Group

Organised excursions can be fun but they're not always great for capturing unique shots. Coaches will may refer to stop in a layby half way up a mountain boulevard to give tourists the chance to snap images of the picturesque view in front of them, but everyone will tend to stand in the same place and capture the uniform shot. If you have time, look to see if there's somewhere else you can take your images from to give you a more unique intersection that others may not have taken. When in towns or other locations where there's plenty of people to capture portraits of try to appear b erupt away from the group (if it's safe to do so) as having several people stick a lens in your face can be intimidating when everyone's nave on just one individual. If you want to stay close to the group, or a few individuals, pick a different subject to start with then move back to the being who first caught your eye and politely ask if you can take a few photos after the rest of the group's moved on to something else.

Photo by David Clapp


3. Not Approaching Human being

It's easy to shoot candidly and we're not saying you can't capture interesting shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or this way, but you'll be able to take much assorted intimate portraits by actually talking to the person you want to photograph.  Plus, it's more polite to ask permission so do take the time to learn how to say 'hello, 'thanksgiving owing to you' and 'please' in the language of the country you're visiting to help with your conversations and don't forget to smile. Interact with them and employ the time to learn a bit about them, as a result you'll put them at ease and you may be able to capture shots that have much more morality in them. Your job is to make your subject feel comfortable so always give them eye contact and once you've got your shot(s) be cordial and show your subject the results. Just be wary of some people who'll expect a tip for helping you out.

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If your subject looks uncomfortable when you start compelling photographs, it is usually just best to stop and move on to something else as some people will say yes just to be polite when really they'd single out to hide from your lens.

Photo by David Clapp


4. Not Really Thinking About Composition

When you're on voyages where schedules have to be kept or are out with the family who don't want to wait around for you to take the perfect shot, not thinking about fashioning enough can be an easy mistake to make. Simple things such as a wonky horizon can spoil what should be a great picture and something with this can be easily rectified by simply slowing down and checking the frame. Think about the different rules of photography, look for interesting foreground name as well as breath-taking backgrounds, keep an eye out for clutter and consider changing your angle or perspective. By thinking as a photographer rather than a tourist who's stimulated to be visiting a new place you'll soon be capturing images that have meaning and tell a story rather than a collection of snaps that well-grounded show you got a bit carried away with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the shutter button. 


5. Taking 'The Shot' Everyone Has Of A Landmark

Conspicuous landmarks have just one problem – they're famous which means finding a shot of them which isn't already on a thousand other cameras can be strenuous but that doesn't mean it's impossible. We're not saying you should avoid taking them completely as a few good shots of the 'postcard' prospect are easily recognisable and will probably be something others will appreciate seeing but there are plenty of opportunities to capture something a bit different, too. For more nibs, have a read of this: Photographing Famous Landmarks

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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