Being an avid traveller, I want to have the best possible photos to help me remember being in a certain place.  Being a travel blogger, the photos that are taken are paramount.  They make a huge difference in the quality and appearance of a post.

When taking quality shots, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind in order to ensure that you avoid taking these dreaded travel photos.

1.  The Photo Full of Tourists

We’ve all been there.

You plan your trip, pack your bags, get yourself to your destination and walk to the picturesque landmark that you heard so much about only to get a photo full of tourists.


This isn’t really the photo that you want.  You want a photo of the gardens that captures it’s beauty without others impeding the gorgeous view.  Wouldn’t the ideal photo be you, alone, with the gardens to yourself?  I thought so, too.

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My piece of advice is to visit the popular landmarks early in the morning or later in the evening.  The first photo was taken around 2pm, which is right in the middle of peak hours.  The second photo was taken at about 7:30am, well before the majority of the city was even awake.

2.  The Selfie


This photo, while indeed capturing a moment, doesn’t do it well.  At all.  There is no feeling in this photo.  By standing and smiling at the camera, it does little more than prove that you were in that place.  Instead of holding our camera up and snapping away, consider putting yourself in photos in different ways.


With this photo, the scenery is still the main focus in the shot but you’ve also captured your emotion.  This is a better memory than simply cheesing towards the camera.

3.  The Photo With No Focus



While this is a crisp image, there is nothing that really draws your attention.  By putting something or someone in the foreground, it gives the image a focus.



By adding myself into the frame, not only have I added emotion to the photograph, but I’ve drawn attention to a part of the photo rather than the image as a whole.

There you go!  These few simple tips will make a huge difference in the quality of the photos.  What are your tips for better travel photography?  Share in the comments below!

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