How To Take Better Travel Photos + free airline flight promotion!

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Our world is so big, and yet so small. There is so much to see and a lot to discover. Through books, cinematography, and traveling … I get to see the world in a different perspective. If I can travel and explore all 7 continents … I would! When I started blogging, I knew I entered the realm of writing. Eventually, blogging has also opened a path to photography. I love that taking pictures allows me to preserve a memory. It is like freezing time and having a copy of that moment.

Blogging and social media have taken the World Wide Web to a journey like no other. We all have the opportunity to take a glance how other people live their lives and the beauty that surrounds them. It also allows us to take inspiration and for a moment – get away from home. I am a self-confessed shutterbug. While I am not a professional, I have my fair share of photographs that have captured the fancy of many. I have had the opportunity to work and collaborate with brands. In this post, I would like to share my creative take on things in hopes that it will help you take better travel photos, landscape, portrait … or any type of photography.

1. Camera – While you can also take pictures with a digital camera or a camera phone, the difference is in the results. The clarity, crispness and depth of a photo relies heavily on the type of camera. Same thing applies for videos where the subject is in focus while the background is blurred.

Check out the following example and comparison to see the difference between a picture taken with a camera phone and a quality camera.

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PIN IT! taken with an iPhone

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PIN IT! taken with a quality camera


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2. Lighting – this is what help create the magic … without the proper lighting, the photos will become grainy and dark. Natural lighting is – and always will be BEST! Although, there are more than a few times that a situation will require an artificial light. There are different types of lighting kit and flashes to suit every photographer’s needs.

3. Tripod – a steady hand is very important or the picture will end up looking shaky and blurred. This is where the tripod comes in to aid the situation. Every seasoned photographer knows that straight and parallel lines are a major element. Achieve the perfect alignment with this tool.

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My hubby and I love to travel. We have had our fair share of traveling and sightseeing. There is so much beauty around us. Thankfully, I have been fortunate enough to capture some of those through photography.

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Personally, if I can see all seven continents of this world … I definitely would. If there’s anywhere I could go right now I would love to see the Hamilton Pool in Texas, Mendenhall Glacier Caves in Alaska, Lake Tahoe in California/Nevada or any of the 29 Surreal Places In America as featured on Buzzfeed.

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  • Marms

    Great tips! I need to try these so I can improve my photography.

  • Karissa

    Awesome tip! Thank you for this.

  • Nikka Shae

    Amazing tips. Thanks for posting this up!

  • Jeanette

    Lighting is indeed a big factor when it comes to taking good travel photos. Thanks for the useful tips!

  • CathiCrismon

    These tips could come in handy. Thanks for sharing them up. Great pics you have here by the way.

  • Christa

    These tips can surely help me make better photos! Thank you for posting this up here at your blog.

  • Lynndee

    The trip about having a good tripod is truly helpful. This can be beneficial for people with shaky hands when taking photos!

    • HilLesha

      Your photos are all great! I must follow your tips from now on to get this kind of effect! Amazing!

  • Diedre

    Oh my! Stunning photos indeed specially the one with that castle! Lovely. Great pics and great tips too!

  • April Grant

    Amazing travel photography tips. Awesome shots you have here. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    Huge thanks for providing these tips. With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, I can surely put them in good use! 🙂

  • Phyllz

    Great tips for travel photography. The tip about lighting is certainly the most important for me. Thank you!

  • William Sweeney

    Great tips Angela. They are all useful and definitely helpful when it comes to travel photos!

  • Mary Yaroscavitch

    Now I know how I can make my travel photos look amazing. Love the shots you posted here. Awesome photography skills you have my dear.

  • Sabrina

    This camera looks and sounds good. Great specs and I think I might try using them too, soon!

  • CathiCrismon

    Olympus is such a BIG NAME when it comes to CAMERAS and PHOTOGRAPHY. I trust their brand and their capabilities in making cameras that works wonders. Great tips Angela!

  • Emerald

    Thanks for the tips Angela. They could really come in handy for me. Amazing!

  • Colette

    You are such a nice and great photographer. Love the photos you took! You should set up a website/blog solely for photography.

  • Adelina Priddis

    I really love seeing great travel photos! You really have good set of skills when it comes to travel photography. Great tips too!

  • Melanie Morin

    Great photographs! Love the pics you posted here and I will definitely follow your tips!

  • Danny

    Beautiful photos! And some great tips for better photography. Thank you for the camera advice too! 🙂

  • Manmohan Singh

    Olympus is such a big name when it comes to CAMERAS and PHOTOGRAPHY. I trust my brand and their abilities in creating amazing working cameras. Great Tips Angela!