6 Ways To Improve Your Travel Photography

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The best way to be a better photographer is not to buy a better camera but to learn better how to compose your photographs. Improve your photographer’s eye. Here are some suggestions from my trip to Toronto this June.

Framing

Here is a shot of the new Toronto City Hall. It shows the scene fine but I am not sure I like that overhang that is in the upper left of the shot.

Toronto City Hall

I moved to a location where that overhang was no longer in the shot and too this view instead.

Toronto City Hall

This is certainly a cleaner view, but perhaps a bit too simple. This shot lacks any foreground interest that the first shot had. So I moved again and got this more interesting shot.

Toronto City Hall

These are all the same place on the same day but just changing up what is in the frame can change your picture significantly. Wander around. Play with what to include and what to exclude from your photo.

Change Orientation

Some shots are more interesting in landscape and others in portrait. Try mixing up your view. See how different this scene looks just by turning the camera 90 degrees.

Toronto Old City Hall

Toronto Old City Hall

I like the first shot but I really like the second. But what I would change from the second shot would be to zoom out just a bit or step back to have a bit more sky above the clock tower.

Try a Panorama

The first 5 shots of this plaza were shot with my SLR, but then I pulled out my iPhone 5 from my pocket and shot this panorama shot of the same scene to get a shot the more expensive camera could not take. I did no post processing on any of these shots.

Toronto City Hall

Watch Your Backgrounds

I liked this shot of a father and daughter feeding pigeons in the plaza but I don’t like how busy the scene is.

Father and Daughter

Moving to a different vantage point where the background is now the fountain instead of the other people in the plaza improves the shot a lot but what is that shadowy half person in the background?

Father and Daughter

Zoom in just a little more and the background is now cleaner.

Father and Daughter

Zoom In

This picture of the plaza is not bad, but I thought the most interesting thing in the picture was the clock tower.

Toronto Old City Hall

One of the reasons I carry an SLR camera with a good zoom lens is to zoom in to turn that picture into this one.

Toronto Old City Hall

Include People

I will wait patiently for people to move so that I can get a shot of a particular landmark without other tourists.

Toronto Old City Hall

But sometimes intentionally including people can also add interest to a photo.

Toronto Old City Hall

What is your best travel photo tip?

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

2 Responses to “6 Ways To Improve Your Travel Photography”

Joanna Kalafatis

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Thanks for the tips! I’ve been a photography hobbyist for a while now, and am trying to learn more and more about travel photography to improve the quality of my pictures. This article really helped!

chris2x

Says:

Joanna, glad to hear it!

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