12 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography from Start to Finish

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5) Find creative angles for compelling pictures

One of the best ways to get better pictures and to improve your travel photography is simply to shoot at different angles and perspectives. Shoot straight up, get down low, shoot diagonally, everything is allowed. You can even use a monopod and use a timer or remote shutter to get on top of a massive crowd (don’t hurt anybody though, haha)!

4) Don’t shoot excessively

Pretend that you are shooting with a film camera (or shoot using one for real). With only 24/36 exposures per roll, I’m pretty sure that you won’t be spamming that shutter as much as you would do now. Digital does have its advantages by its unlimited frames, allowing you to shoot and experiment without worrying about cost, but there is a line between taking a reasonable amount of pictures at different angles and shameless shutter spamming. If you feel a compulsive need to burst every single time you shoot, than you probably fall into the latter category Remember, quality over quantity. By shooting excessively, not only does it teach you bad photo habits, but you will also miss a lot of the experience and enjoyment a trip comes with.

After travelling

3) Backup your pictures (twice)

Depending on what you bring, you should preferably even do this while travelling, but when you’re back home, make sure that everything is copied and backed up properly, on at least two separate media, before deleting your pictures from your SD card. With storage this cheap, there are no excuses not to backup your pictures. Accidental deletion and hard drive failures do happen, but you have to make sure that your pictures do not disappear with them!

2) Post-process and show your best

What distinguishes average photographers from good photographers is mainly in their post-processing. Often, beginner photographers either don’t edit their pictures at all, or tend to overdo it. Although there is no exact technique and best look to a specific shot, practice makes perfect. Learn and master your photo editor. Experiment. Although if your picture looks like a squished-up murky HDR, you’ve probably gone (a lot) too far.

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