How To: Take Better Travel Photographs

How To: Take Better Travel Photographs

Jessica Tata
Jul 10, 2009

In honor of Escapes month here at Apartment Therapy, we thought we would try to pin down some ways to make the most of the photographs we take while on vacation. These ten tips we found for making the most of your camera while away seem to give us a little more of a plan than shooting the typical postcard shots...

Photograph by Jessica Blake Tata
JPG Magazine is dedicated to "your world in pictures." As the title implies, it is based around digital photography, in all of its manifestations. Andrew Gibson, a writer, photographer and traveler has compiled a list of 10 things to do in order to take extraordinary photographs on your excursions. Here is a condensed version of his list, but check out the article here to get the "big picture."

1. Go somewhere amazing.
2. Go somewhere ordinary.
3. Shoot the people.
4. Don't shoot the people.
5. Take photos of the kids.
6. Research, research, research.
7. Search for magical light.
8. Be alert for opportunity.
9. Look for inspiration.
10. Never be satisfied.

Gibson expounds on each of these tips, but behind all of his instruction is the basic premise to look beyond the obvious and shoot more than you might ordinarily. More photographs, more subjects, and more openly.

As a quick point of inspiration, we wanted to include a link to one of our favorite photographers, Hiroshi Watanabe. While he is most renowned for his gorgeous portraiture of Kabuki players, many of his other photographs could be considered really, really amazing travel photography. Check out his series American Studies and Plaza de Toros. We imagine you'll get pretty inspired for your next trip.

Photograph by Hiroshi Watanabe

Top photo: Jessica Blake Tata

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