Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, as a photographer, you’re going to want to be sure to sneak in some time to take photos of your experience. Working with limited time in a place you’ve never been before is a challenge in itself, so you may want to do a little research before you travel so you have an idea of all the locations you want to photograph. That way you can locate them all on a map and use that information to make an itinerary to help make sure you can squeeze in everything. And once you’ve got your travel plans all laid out, you can spend more time taking photos.


Try to practice your all around shooting skills, by trying your hand out at these four different types of photos. They’ll give your travel photo album some nice story building as well as a chance to test out all those new techniques you’ve practicing.

Points Of Interest

Whitby Abbey Sunset
Do some sightseeing! Visit any landmarks or points of interest that appeal to you. If you’ve done some research beforehand, you may already have a few ideas for some shots. Once you arrive, take a visiual stock of the setting and start thinking about some compositions and the best way to shoot them. If able, walk all around the location so you can get a good idea of how things will look from different perspectives. You may also get lucky and find more interesting shots to take, so, while it’s nice to have a plan, maintain a little flexibility and look for new opportunities, too.

Local Culture

Don’t forget to take some shots of local culture. Look for scenes that show viewers what it is like to live in a certain place. When traveling, it’s tempting to stick with the most popular routes, but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path every once in a while. In locations that have a large tourism industry, it can be difficult to really get a feel for local culture. Spark up a conversation with friendly locals and ask them for recommendations of lesser known spots to visit.

Getting to know the Locals

It’s worth mentioning, however, in some places the locals may prefer to not have their photos taken so make sure you familiarize yourself with any traditional or cultural restrictions that may exist where you’re traveling.

Cityscapes and Landscapes

Depending on where you’re travelling, having a nice wide shot that shows the destination from afar is a wonderful complement to any travel photo album. In cities, it’s possible to highlight the local architecture and show off the bright colors of the city lights and signs. If you’re traveling to more open settings, a landscape gives the viewer a sense of atmosphere and an opportunity to experience remote locations of the world just by looking at a photograph.

Be sure to grab a few good landscapes and cityscapes to round out your album!

Brooklyn Bridge, Downtown Manhattan, and One World Trade Center, blue hour

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Don’t Forget The Family!

If you’re traveling with family or friends, don’t forget to snap a few typical tourist shots, too! Heck, you can even sneak in a selfie or two if you want! Even if it sounds cliche now, it’s always fun looking back at these photos later on down the road. So, remember to take time to relax and have a little fun while you’re out there.

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