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5 essential travel photography tips for planning and preparing for your holidays

written by gregor March 5, 2016

 Planning and preparing your holidays, wherever  you may go, make sure you read these 5 essential travel photography tips with crucial advice on everything from exploring the location to packing tips

Build and refresh your photographic  skills

Improving your photographic skills is a constant process.  Especially before going on vacation it is a good opportunity to lift your knowledge. Depending on your preferences I recommend “The Photographer’s Eye”, a great book from the amazing photographer Michael Freeman. It is about design and composition which for me are the most important aspects about photography. Almost everything else can be corrected by photo editing Apps or Photoshop, but if the composition is wrong no chance for post-adaptation is left!

Additionally  there are tons of videos about photography available on YouTube. Here is my personal YouTube photography video list   –  select the ones you value the most.

Room with a view!

Choose hotels, apartments or villas because of their location or the view they offer. Why travel to scenic viewpoints, when you can shoot right from your window?  Ask peers who have been there, use tripadvisor.com or other review platforms to get honest reviews of the accommodations –  often they even recommend the best rooms regarding their views.

Explore the location and hidden gems

Find out as much as you can about your destination by through,  practical guidebooks, such as “Lonely Planet” or “Rough Guides”. The internet is also valuable, with many specific websites giving in-depth information about the most off the beaten track locations. Read forums about other people’s first-hand experiences, especially on how to access hidden areas for photography and about the best time in the year to visit.

Easy ways to find out about interesting locations and their hidden gems

  • city maps – give the most detailed information for finding locations.
  • The internet – tells you everything you want to know about a holiday location and more…..
  • Local postcards – point you in the direction of lesser known places and iconic travel locations.
  • Tourist information – local people are sharing insider knowledge!
  • Google Earth – great for finding out how to reach locations and discover viewpoints.

 Pack only what you really need

Only take the equipment that you’ll need for your chosen destination. With stricter weight restrictions by airlines, packing  what is essential for that very trip gets more and more important.

Keep in mind……….

  • Don’t forget battery chargers for your camera and mobile phone – and a travel adaptor.
  • A notebook is great for backing up images, keeping in contact via Skype or email, as well as rudimentary image editing.
  • A portable hard drive is essential for a secondary backup, in case the laptop gets

Beat the rush!

Plan the best moments! While most tourists are still asleep, get out and make the most of the great morning light – and because most people are still in bed you won’t have coach-loads of people jumping in your photos and spoiling your shots! Capturing villages, towns and cities in the early morning makes the photographic experience more enjoyable.

Late afternoon  – right until the sun sets below the horizon – is another ideal time to take pictures. In the so called ‘golden hour’ – when the sun is just above the horizon, either in the morning or in the evening – the scenery is illuminated with a wonderful warm, golden glow.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE ) App (iOS and Android) tells me exactly where the sun will rise and set, anywhere, at any time of the year!

So, what are your tips for travel photography? Let me know – you can use the comment field below or send me an email!

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6 comments

thecosmopolitas March 8, 2016 at 08:43

Thanks for this great article, dear Greg. It’s very generous of you to share your YouTube list. Thanks for that 🙂

Wish you a great day!

Timo von http://thecosmopolitas.com/

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gregorsideris March 8, 2016 at 08:45

Thanks a lot Timo! So happy you like it ! I am a big fan of your Blog ! Have a wonderful day !

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Epepa March 14, 2016 at 09:21

This thing about room with a view is a brilliant idea. When I travel I don’t care too much to be honest and just choose the place mostly because its localization, close to the places I want to explore. Well, I will think about it next time! And I have to say you that the picture attached to this post is amazing! I really like its atmosphere.

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gregorsideris March 14, 2016 at 10:23

Thanks Ewa! Appreciate a lot your comment! Definitely this is what I am look also for when booking hotels. ?? more and more hotels offers that special view now as people like these nice views to take pictures (many do selfies ? with nice background ) Thanks and hope see you in Vienna sometimes. Greg

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OperalPhotography January 18, 2017 at 11:23

Thanks for your website, it is really great 🙂
I really love to travel too because it an amazing experience! I also did a website:
https://operalphotography.wordpress.com/

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gregor January 24, 2017 at 15:01

Thanks for the wonderful feedback! I will check out yours too!

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