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Cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto

Travel photography is one of the most rewarding and exciting genres of photography. Whether you are an experienced photographer or just starting out, capturing stunning images of the places you visit is a wonderful way to create lasting memories and share your experiences with others. Here are some tips to help you take your travel photography to the next level.

Travel Photos Director & Head Photographer Andrew Blyth arriving in his accommodation in Taipei Taiwan
Travel Photos Director & Head Photographer Andrew Blyth arriving in his accommodation in Taipei Taiwan
  1. Do your research: Before you start your journey, do some research on the places you plan to visit. Look for iconic landmarks, interesting architecture, and local customs and traditions. This will give you a better idea of what to look for and help you plan your shots.
  2. Pack the right gear: Make sure you bring the right gear for the job. Depending on your level of experience and the type of shots you want to capture, you may need a variety of lenses, a tripod, and other accessories. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries and memory cards as well.
  3. Be mindful of lighting: Lighting is everything in photography, so pay close attention to the light when you are out shooting. Early morning and late afternoon are usually the best times to capture stunning photos, as the light is softer and more flattering. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with different lighting conditions, such as golden hour, blue hour, and even night photography.
  4. Look for unique perspectives: Don’t just take the same old tourist shots that everyone else is taking. Look for unique perspectives and angles that will make your photos stand out. Get down low, shoot from above, and experiment with different compositions.
  5. Capture the local culture: Travel photography is not just about capturing pretty landscapes and iconic landmarks. It’s also about capturing the local culture and the people who live there. Be respectful of local customs and traditions, and always ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
  6. Edit your photos: Once you’ve taken your shots, don’t forget to edit them. Basic edits such as cropping, adjusting exposure, and adjusting colors can make a big difference in the final result. There are plenty of photo editing apps and software available, so find one that works for you.
  7. Have fun: Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Travel photography is an adventure, so enjoy the process and don’t worry too much about the end result. Take the time to appreciate the beauty of the places you visit and the people you meet, and let that inspiration guide your photography.
Richshaw pullers and tourists at Arashiyama Kyoto Japan