New to life behind the lens and want to make sure you're capturing your adventures as creatively as possible? Learning to take a good picture is all about trial and error and depending on the complexity of your camera can often be a time consuming progress. Cut the corners with our travel photography tips for beginners and you'll be upping your photography game in no time...

It’s all about perspective

Try taking photos from different perspectives. Don’t always do what is expected. For example, when wanting to take a photo of something outside a window, instead of opening the window to get a clear view, try taking the photo from inside. Try immersing yourself in the country’s way of life instead of doing the expected touristy activities to achieve some unique photos and a great experience.

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Lighting is key

Sometimes all a picture needs is good lighting. If you walk across something you want to take a photo of and you know it’ll still be there (for example, a building), try visiting it at different times of the day to see what lighting looks best. Lighting can change the whole look of a photo.

AV Mode ON

Stick your camera on Av mode if your camera has that function. This way you can easily change the most important settings like ISO, exposure and aperture. A higher ISO, larger aperture (lower in number) will make your shutter speed faster and the exposure controls how light or dark your photo will turn out.

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Get to know your shutter speed

If you are trying to take photos whilst moving or in low light situations, make sure your shutter speed is fast enough so the picture isn’t one big blur. If you are taking a photo where you can balance your camera on a stable surface, try making your shutter speed slower for a nice effect. This looks particularly cool when used on lakes as it smoothes out the surface of the water.

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Post Produce

Don’t forget to edit. Try messing around with “curves” in Photoshop or downloading a preset from the internet. Even underexposed or overexposed photos can be fixed by simply changing the brightness of a photo. Want to keep it simple? Snapseed, VSCO Cam and Afterlight all produce the most amazing Instagram worthy snaps.

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  • I am glad you have used the word perspective here, which is very very important in photography. A simple scene can be looked in different ways by different photographer. A great perspective is needed indeed. Along with that lighting plays a vital role as well I must say. I was not aware of the AV mode before, thank you for letting us know about all these points here.

  • Great discussion on photography technique that will be really helpful for the beginners to capture great photos with a seamless hand. Technique is the only criteria that differentiates the professional photographer to the beginners. This difference can be minimized by following the techniques.

  • well, it is good to know about the fact of photography. i am used to travel a lot in my weekends, furthermore i have passion to take photographs outdoor. thanks for sharing this article, will help me at my next trip of photography.