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Tips For Taking Better Travel Photos!


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For most travellers, our adventures are best told through photographs - panoramics, landscapes, portraits and of course, selfies. One by one and altogether, these pictures tell a story that words couldn’t describe. And of course, the richer the photos, the richer the story.

It doesn’t matter if you’re snapping away on a mobile device or top-of-the-range camera, these 5 travel photography tips will help you take better travel pictures that don’t just show people where you’ve been and what you’ve done, but life as it was in that moment.




“If I could tell the story in words, I couldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
Lewis Hine, American Photographer


5. Think about what interests you

The worst thing that could happen when taking travel photos is that they end up looking like every other photo ever taken by a tourist. Don’t let that happen to you! You want your photos to tell your story - Not the story of the other million people who visited the Sydney Opera House that day. So step back and ask yourself “What do I find interesting or unusual about this scene? How do I see it differently than all these other people?” Maybe it’s a stranger’s funny hat or something in the background that’s caught your eye. Move your typical subject (ie the Opera House) to the background and make the object of interest become the subject of your photo.


4. Take a close up and a “back up” of everything

Once you have your scene and your subject picked out, take both a close up and a back up. Your close up will help you remember why you found this scene so interesting. Zoom in on the details and show what’s unique about your subject. Your back up will give more context to your photo. It should be shot far enough away that you can see what’s going on in the background, adding another dimension to the story you’re telling.


3. Show movement

Whilst people standing in front of landmarks are great, they give very little context and emotion. If you really want to bring life to your photo, try capturing movement. If your subject is human, take unexpected photos of them walking, gazing, laughing or pointing at something, as opposed to asking them to pose for you. If your subject is nature, get a shot of trees blowing, waves crashing, light shining or weather just doing its thing.

Sydney Opera House views through the bus at night

2. Include signage

Although many of it may look mundane, signage tells a story around language and culture that nature and people can’t. Whether it’s marketing signs, warning signs, traffic signs, exit signs or signs conveying rules and regulations, take a photo of anything that will remind you of the communication, identification and direction of the places you travelled to.

Long Roads in the outback

1. Wait for something to happen

No doubt you’ll be spending the bulk of your travels going out and finding adventures, but why not try the opposite? Every so often, find a spot or location that you like and literally wait for something to happen. Maybe a car pulls up, a restaurant worker steps outside for a break, a shop door opens or someone rides by on a bicycle. The sheer unexpectedness of the moment will make for an awesome yet unexpected photo op.

Now that you’re all set to photograph your travel story all that’s left is to start planning your adventure. Visit Greyhound today and check out our range of flexible travel options.