21 Travel Photography Tips to Improve Your Skills Today

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Here are our favourite travel photography tips for beginners, based on our experience of going from complete beginners to professional travel photographers, and now working in the industry for 6 years.

Travel Photography Tips

When you go on holiday many people want to take the absolute best photos possible so you can look back on, and remember, everything about those special moments.

The sights, the emotions, the atmosphere; a good photo can bring back all of these memories.

After a decade of travelling the world I now look back on some of my old photos and think, “Damn, I wish I knew more about photography back then.”

These days our images really match what we saw and how we felt on our travels, and they’re something I’m proud to display.

To help the beginner travel photographer out I have made this post with my favourite travel photography tips to let you come home with something you’ll be excited to show your friends and family (or even start making a living out of).

Don’t miss this post if you’re in the market for the best travel cameras, or if you are interested in buying some excellent camera accessories.

Burana Tower Travel Photography Tips
The Burana Tower in Kyrgyzstan. A simple image, but one of my favourite travel photos.

General Travel Photography Tips for Beginners

To start with let me talk about the general travel photography tips that I feel are not only the most important, but also the most difficult to master.

Developing an eye for photography can, and will, take years. It’s a never-ending learning process, but I promise you with practice you will get better.

And once you start to get the skills for framing and composing a shot, the rest is easy.

Know Your Camera

I have been through many styles and brands of cameras over the years. First there was the film camera I had when I was 14, which sparked my love of photography.

I had no idea what I was doing and I wasted a lot of money getting crappy images developed because I just didn’t know how to use it.

Then I bought a few point and shoot cameras as I travelled the world, before finally upgrading to an entry-level dSLR.

This really sparked my love of photography, and now I’m using a professional, full frame mirrorless camera from Sony.

These days most people use digital cameras, which is so much better to develop your skills on. Still it takes some time to perfect in the field, and my first travel photography tip is to know your camera.

Armadillo Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
Knowing your camera allows you to capture those moments that happen quickly, like when this armadillo wandered into our campsite in Torres del Paine.

Whether you have a point-and-shoot, a mirrorless or a dSLR, take the time to learn about your camera. Figure out what all the buttons do and why they can be important.

Study the menu so that if you need to change a setting in the field you’re not spending minutes scrolling through it when timing is critical.

Also don’t forget to learn your camera’s limitations. Does it perform well in low-light or does the image fall apart? Is it sharp wide open, or do you need to stop down to get the best clarity? Does it have inbuilt image stabilisation?

Ultimately when you pick up your camera you want to feel comfortable and know exactly how it works. Then getting better pictures will come faster and easier.

Focus on the Golden and Blue Hours

Waking up early and staying out late is one of the best travel photography tips I can give. That’s because early in the morning and around when the sun sets is when you’ll get the best light.

The Golden Hour is that time when the sun is low in the sky and it throws a magical, warm glow across the scene.

Think the first hour after the sun peaks in the morning, and the last hour or two before the sun drops over the horizon in the afternoon.

Golden Hour Travel Photography Tips
Shooting in the golden hour gives the scene a beautiful, warm light.

The Blue Hour is when the sun is now below the horizon and the sky gives off this beautiful blue hue. When you’re taking pictures of city and landscapes this is gorgeous!

To take better travel photos you need to get up early for that sunrise shot and be out snapping images instead of sitting in a bar in the evenings. If you’re not a morning person, get used to setting an alarm. Make sure you get set up in your location before sunrise is in full swing.

Taking photos in the middle of the day can still result in excellent shots, but in general you’ll find the sky too blown out unless there are some interesting clouds, and on a sunny day you’ll find the lighting can be a bit harsh.

Instead use the middle of the day to get street shots, or scout out locations for your sunrise and sunset photos.

Bonus Tip – Even if it looks like the sunrise or sunset might not be so beautiful, wait around. You never know when the clouds might break or the sky randomly lights up in brilliant colours.

Fitz Roy Travel Photography Tips
We woke up early for sunrise and Mt Fitz Roy was covered in clouds. Still we stayed for a while, and the clouds eventually broke just as the sun was casting a gorgeous red glow on the mountains.

Learn About Composition

You’ve probably heard about how important it is to compose a shot properly, and I bet if you’ve ever read a photography manual you would have come across the ‘rule of thirds‘.

Good composition can be the difference between an average shot and an award-winning image.

According to some guidelines, it’s best not to put your subject in the middle of the shot, unless you are taking a close-up portrait. Instead try and play around with the rule of thirds and go from there.

This concept is where you divide your image into 9 even squares (many cameras actually have this feature built into their display options).

Then what you do is you place the subjects and points of interest along the lines and squares. For example don’t place the horizon in the dead centre of the image (unless it’s a reflection shot).

Here’s an example of how this looks:

Khongor Sand Dunes Rule Of Thirds Golden Hour Travel Photography Tips
This very simple shot of the Khongor sand dunes in Mongolia uses the rule of thirds method to give it an interesting composition.

The idea of the rule of thirds is that this is a mathematical idea of what our eyes naturally find pleasing. So it’s good practice to incorporate this method into your shots.

Another thing to look for is leading lines that naturally draw your eye around the photo, as well as angles and shapes.

Have a river flowing from the side of the shot up to a waterfall on the top left for example, or the foreground bending around, leading the eye towards a church at the top of the photo.

This is a skill that you’ll learn with more practice.

An important thing to remember is that rules are meant to be broken, and there is absolutely no reason that placing your subject in the middle of your frame won’t work.

Get used to analysing your shots with the rule of thirds, but please don’t use it as gospel if you think a different composition would work.

Street Art Leading Lines Golden Hour Travel Photography Tips
Besides being a nice, colourful photo of street art in Valparaiso, Chile, the angles in this shot leads your eye deeper into it the image.

Framing, Framing and More Framing

It happens time and time again. You get so caught up with taking photos that you forget to make sure everything is perfectly in the frame.

Don’t worry, I understand. I used to do it too. But the problem is it can often destroy a great photo.

When you look through the viewfinder or LCD screen, don’t just focus on the subject. Make sure you run your eyes around the entire frame to make sure you’re not accidentally cutting off something important.

Double-check that you’re not cutting off the top of a mountain, or that your friend’s whole body is in the shot.

This isn’t gospel, because sometimes having something cut off from the frame can be good for composition, but you’ll have to be the judge of that.

Also check to see if you can use something natural in the scene to create a frame inside your picture. Think of looking out a window at a building, or a bent-over tree surrounding a pretty lake.

These can also help make for great travel photos.

Framing Golden Hour Travel Photography Tips
Here I used the shrubs in the foreground and the tree on the right side of the image to frame the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in a natural way. The green also contrasts nicely with the blue and white.

Move Your Feet

This follows on from framing and composition. When I take a shot I try to frame it like I would want to see it on a wall. Sometimes standing exactly where you are is not always the best structure for your shot.

This is one of the most important travel photography tips I can give – Move your feet.

The iconic Taj Mahal photo doesn’t look as good if you’re a few steps to the left of having it perfectly centred.

Or maybe the river looks really pretty where you are, but if you move a bit more to the side you can also get some cool rocks in the shot.

Move around until you are happy with the shot. Take a few steps forward, backwards and to the sides to get an idea of every possible angle.

Still take the photos, and that way when you are home and can see your photos on the computer and see which ones you like best.

Angle Travel Photography Tips
When I was photographing the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan I was trying to get a lot of amazing people photos. I saw this group of people in traditional dress outside a yurt, and after saying hello I walked around until I found an angle I liked. See how the out-of-focus man in the front appears to be staring at the old man in the centre?

Ask People for Permission

Travel photography isn’t all about capturing the most beautiful sunsets and gorgeous architecture around the world.

Travel photography should also be about the people you meet. But if you’re a bit shy like me, how do you get those amazing portrait photos without feeling rude?

Simple – just ask for permission.

Asking people for permission to take their photo is polite and respectful.

If you have had a great encounter with someone, or you just see a great opportunity to capture a wonderful portrait, give them a big smile and ask if it’s ok to take their photo.

We ask all the time. Sometimes we get a yes, and sometimes we get a no. If they say no we always respect their decision.

What if someone came up to you and shoved a camera in your face without your permission? You wouldn’t be very happy…

Silk Travel Photography Tips for Beginners
A great trick is to ask someone for permission to take their photo, and if they agree take one and then wait for them to go back to what they were doing. This lady in Uzbekistan was extracting silk from worms, and after taking a portrait shot I stood around chatting, taking a few pictures while she got back to work.

But what if you want to get a candid shot, with the subject looking natural? Well this can be a bit more difficult but there are ways to achieve this without annoying the person.

Don’t make it obvious that you are taking their photo. Try to act natural and as though your taking photos of many different things in the scene. You can also keep your camera down by your side and point the lens in their direction.

If you have a zoom lens, use it. This was you can be on the other side of the street or market and still photograph the person.

Make Them Feel Comfortable

Another one of my favourite travel photography tips for portraits is to bring in another element to the shot. Most people will feel uncomfortable posing for a photo, but if you can make it about something else they will feel much more at ease.

As an example, maybe ask if they can pose with something in their store like a rug, or ask them to show you their wedding ring.

This way they’ll realise there is more to your photo than just them. This will also add a lot more interesting elements to the shot!

Mongol Man Travel Photography Tips
Even though I didn’t buy anything from this man in the Gobi Desert, I joked around with him enough that he felt quite comfortable to pose for a photo for me. By having his motorbike in the frame as well it tells the story of how he travelled to find us.

Use a Tripod

A tripod is one of the best camera accessories you can have, and really essential for travel photography. This will allow you to get excellent shots in low light, as well as get creative with your images (like taking long exposures).

These days you don’t always need a massive tripod to travel around with, especially if you want to travel light and are a hobbyist photographer. Look at some of the Joby Gorillapods.

Another good thing about using a tripod is that it will force you to slow down with your photography and put more thought into each shot.

Rather than just pointing and shooting, you will think carefully about where you want to set up your tripod and how you want to compose your shot.

Honestly if you want to become a better travel photographer, you’ll need to invest in at least a small tripod.

Use A Tripod Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
Using a tripod allowed Jarryd to take this long-exposure photo of a waterfall in El Chalten, Argentina.

Be Unique

There’s nothing wrong with getting those iconic shots of the Eiffel Tower or Machu Picchu. They’re beautiful and are often amazing angles of famous places that everyone wants to visit.

But don’t forget to be unique as well! Find a different perspective that hasn’t been photographed a million times. In fact make it your goal to get a few unique shots that you can be proud of.

Rules were meant to be broken as well, so if you’re looking at a scene to photograph and have a crazy idea for some composition, then just go for it!

Forget about the rule of thirds, place your subject directly in the centre and see how it turns out.

And despite the negative attitudes some people have towards them, it’s even possible to take awesome travel selfies which will add an artistic flair to your shots.

Be Unique Travel Photography Tips
This photo follows absolutely no rules, but I really like it because it stands out as something different to every other photo I tend to take.

Find Your Voice as a Photographer

Just like a writer or musician finds a particular style they like, as a photographer you need to discover your ‘voice’.

Travel photography is such a broad term that can cover just about anything. Really just taking any photos of your travels will fit the description, whether it is landscapes, architecture, portraits, food or whatever.

What you need to do to really get passionate about travel photography is to find what you love the most and focus on it.

If you really like black and white photography, then start shooting in black and white! Love taking images of crazy street markets? Then get out there and find them!

You will grow much more as a photographer with a passion and direction than someone who just takes nice photos of the most photographed places on the planet.

Experiment, learn, discover and nurture!

Find Your Voice Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
Just keep taking photos until you find your style!

Technical Travel Photography Tips

While the technical side of using a camera is usually the most overwhelming thing for a new photographer to think about, it’s actually one of the easiest things to master. All it takes is a bit of study and practice.

If you’ve never looked into getting out of ‘Auto’ on your camera, then terms like ISO, aperture, white balance and shutter speed will seem completely foreign.

I’ve actually written a much more detailed post about what all these mean, which will be published very soon, but for now let me do a very brief run down on these to help you.

READ MORE: Check out our brand new article featuring our best landscape photography tips!

Exposure Triangle of Photography

I can almost hear you thinking, “What is she talking about? Exposure Triangle? You mean like naked shapes?”

The Exposure Triangle is a metaphor to explain the 3 elements that allows light onto a photo. A camera captures light, and the right amount is needed so that your image isn’t too bright or too dark.

The 3 parts of the Exposure Triangle are aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Each one affects how light reaches the sensor in different ways, and getting this combination perfect is essential to capturing a beautiful image.

Exposure Triangle Travel Photography Tips
The Exposure Triangle.

I’ll explain these three things briefly now.


Aperture is how wide, or small, the blades in your lens are and how much light goes through the lens. The aperture size is measured in F Stops, and displayed as numbers. f5.6, f8, f11, f16, etc

A wide aperture (small number – f2) lets in more light than a low aperture (big number – f22). A wide aperture also has a shallowed depth of field than a low aperture. I know it can be a little confusing, but you’ll pick it up the more you play around with it.

If you want the background blurry in your photo, you’ll want a wide aperture. If you want everything in focus, you’ll want a low aperture.

Aperture Travel Photography Tips
I used a wider aperture for this photo so that the focus would be on the young girl, and the background would be slightly blurry without losing enough detail to be able to tell that it’s a rural environment.


ISO is how sensitive your camera sensor is to light. A small number, such as 100, means it’s not very sensitive and therefore needs more light to leave an impression.

A high number, like 6400, means it’s very sensitive and needs only a little bit of light to show up on the sensor.

The higher the ISO, the more noise shows up in a photo. Noise lowers the quality of your image, so in a perfect world you’ll want to keep this as low as possible (unless you’re doing astro and night photography).

It’s also necessary to raise your ISO if you’re shooting moving subjects (or handheld) indoors.

Milky Way Antarctica ISO Travel Photography Tips
There are times where having a higher ISO is actually better for the photo. When Jarryd took this photo of the Milky Way in Antarctica he had the ISO at 2000 so the sensor would capture more stars.

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is pretty straight forward – how long it takes for your shutter to open and close. This allows you to freeze a frame, or capture motion blur.

Want to photograph a bird in flight? You’ll want to have a fast shutter speed (1/4000th of a second for example). Want to make a waterfall look silky smooth? Go for a slow shutter speed (3 seconds for example).

Keep in mind that if you are holding your camera rather than using a tripod, you’ll need to have a fast enough shutter speed to eliminate your own hand movement.

As a general rule 1/60 of a second is the slowest you should go so your picture doesn’t pick up hand movement. Any slower than that and you’ll probably need a tripod.

Whales Travel Photography Tips
When Jarryd took this photo he needed to have very specific settings to get it right. He chose an aperture around f7.1 to make sure he could get the image quite sharp, but because the whales were moving he needed a high shutter speed. He kept the ISO down to 100, which kept it clean, and he could go for a shutter speed of 1/800.

Combining All Three for Perfect Exposure

There is no ‘perfect setting’ for aperture, ISO and shutter speed. It all depends on what you are trying to photograph and the style you’re going for.

Luckily most decent digital cameras have two little tools that will let you play around figure out how all three work together – manual mode and histograms.

Manual mode gives you complete control over your camera’s ISO, aperture and shutter speed. If you change one, nothing else will change, unlike in ‘aperture priority’ mode or ‘shutter priority’ mode.

The histogram is a visual display of light. When the bars are all the way to the left, the image is darker. When they are all the way to the right, the image is lighter. When most of the bars are in the centre, this is perfectly exposed.

Histogram Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
This is a histogram. The left side are your blacks, or shadows, and the right hand side are your whites, or highlights. For ‘perfect exposure’ you ideally want your histogram to be in the middle, not all pushed to one side.

The best way to figure out what combinations work best when you’re a complete amateur is to put your camera on “manual” mode, activate the histogram, and play around with the settings.

Pick an aperture (f8 for example) and point it at the scene. Now look at the histogram. If the image is too dark, then you’ll need to let more light in. Let’s make the shutter speed slower. See a change?

Now put the shutter speed back to where it was and instead change the ISO. Make the ISO higher. Is the image getting lighter?

Spend an hour or two playing around with different apertures, ISO and shutter speeds so you get an idea of how each one affects the light hitting the display.

Take note at how drastically things can change if a cloud goes in front of the sun, or you take the camera inside.

This just comes with practice of course, and knowing what settings you want for a particular scene will become second nature

Keep in mind that not every photo needs to be perfectly exposed. Sometimes having a darker image looks much better than having one that is nice and bright. You can use your judgement for this.

Low Exposure Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
Not every shot has to have perfect exposure to be beautiful.

Bonus – General Ideas For Camera Settings

This is very, very basic and by no means should be read as gospel. There are a million different things that can affect why you would want a faster shutter speed, or wider aperture. But if you are confused about what to pick for what here’s a quick idea.

  • Landscapes – You’ll want your aperture around f8-f11. You’ll also want your ISO as low as possible. Slow down the shutter speed accordingly.
  • Portraits – You’ll probably want your subject sharp, but the background blurry to bring focus on the person. Have a wider aperture (say f2.8 for example), and a faster shutter (around 1/160 at the absolute slowest) to freeze the subject. Adjust ISO accordingly.
  • Indoors – Because it is darker inside than outside, you’ll need to let a lot more light into the sensor. Unless you’re using a tripod, keep the shutter speed at around 1/60 as the slowest, and the aperture around f5.6 to start with. Adjust ISO and aperture accordingly.

Of course there’s a bunch of other styles of travel photography that would use different settings, such as astrophotography, architecture, street scenes, etc. In time you’ll learn what settings work best for each scene.

Use Manual Mode

This is following on from the Exposure Triangle. The best way to get to know your camera and how light works is to have complete control over what settings you choose. The only way to do this is to shoot in manual mode (shown by the letter M on most cameras).

It will take months of practice, but I promise you that in time you’ll be able to look at a scene and instantly know what aperture, ISO and shutter speed to use to get the exact style of image you’re looking for.

You can also use aperture priority mode (the letter A on your camera) if you don’t want to make the big leap to manual just yet.

This way you can lock in the aperture you want (f8 for landscapes, f2.8 for portraits, etc) and the camera will automatically adjust the ISO (although you can control this part too) and shutter speed to get perfect exposure.

I highly recommend focusing on learning manual mode though until you have it perfected.

Manual Mode Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
Capturing this shot of a sunbeam breaking into the world’s largest cave would not have been possible unless shooting in manual mode.

Shoot in RAW (if available)

When you take a photo on your digital camera, the computer chip inside it takes what you captured on the sensor and converts it into a format that can be easily read. For most cameras, these two formats are RAW and JPEG.

JPEG is a compressed format that the camera creates to save on space. In doing so it ‘locks in’ all the data that it picked up such as the colour and white balance.

RAW files actually saves all the data of what you took and doesn’t compress it. This means you can edit the photo and really play around with certain elements of the shot without damaging it. It’s like being given a negative in film photography, as opposed to a slide.

Most decent digital cameras will give you the option of shooting in RAW, and I recommend you use it if you ever plan on editing your photos. You will find the setting to change it in the menu of your camera.

Keep in mind that the file sizes will be a lot bigger (for example on our camera a RAW is 25mb, while a JPEG is just 12), so you’ll need to have extra storage. If you have no plans on editing your photos then shoot in JPEG.

RAW Travel Photography Tips
Shooting in RAW really allows you to push the dynamic range of your photo.

Learn About Post Processing

Some people think that editing your photo is ‘cheating’. But the truth is photographers have been editing their photos ever since photography was invented. Think of developing film in a darkroom, which uses water, chemicals and light to change the exposure and contrast of an image.

99% of photos you see in your favourite magazines have been edited. Every professional photographer edits their photos. The reason is that not all cameras are great at capturing exactly what the eye saw in terms of colour and light.

If you really want to get the most out of your travel photography, you should start playing around with post processing.

Many people have heard of Adobe Photoshop, but it’s a pretty advanced tool that most people wouldn’t ever need to use (until you get more experience).

To start with look at the free apps that you can get on your phone, such as Snapseed, or free programs on your computer, like iPhoto or GIMP.

Once you get serious about travel photography and you want to start editing all of your photos, we recommend purchasing Adobe Lightroom.

Learning how to edit your photos in Lightroom is quite easy, but can be intimidating the first time you open it up. Check out some tutorials on YouTube.

If you’re ready to make the jump to using Lightroom and Photoshop, Adobe have a great ‘Creative Cloud’ package, which is what we use for only $10 a month. You can buy it here with a 7-day free trial

Before Editing Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
One of my photos before editing in Lightroom.
After Editing Travel Photography Tips For Beginners
The same photo after making some adjustments in Lightroom. You can see I didn’t edit the image so much that it isn’t a true representation of what the scene looked like that morning.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Just like anything,  becoming a great travel photographer takes time, and a lot of practice. The only way you can get better is by getting out there taking photos!

You don’t even have to travel the world or have the most expensive equipment available to be a great photographer. Buy whatever you can afford, go for a walk around your city and snap away.

We hope that this general guide on travel photography tips for beginners has been helpful. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions. Good luck on your photographic journey!

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  1. Marilyn

    Thank you so much Alesha and Jarryd for these amazing photography tips! I look forward to putting into practice some of your wonderful ideas and tips! I do so appreciate any tips that I can get to improve my photography. :))

    Caitlyn I

    I absolutely loved this article! Like you I received my first ‘proper’ camera at 14 and since then have been hooked. I recently purchased a Nikon D750 and am absolutely loving it. Although at the moment I only have two lenses for it I am hoping to be able to afford more soon. What are your favourite lenses?

    In my photography I love capturing candid portraits of people I encounter during my travels. I always struggle with the dilemma of getting the perfect candid shot and feeling compelled to ask permission before taking the shot. As a very shy person directing people in images is daunting, but it is something I am striving to work on. It’s nice to read that you are also shy yet manage to capture such incredible images of people.

    As I am mostly self-taught, I always love to read technical tips to improve my images. I found the technical side of your post incredibly helpful and wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed post. I believe it really helps and inspires amateur photographers like myself.

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Glad you liked the article. Thank you for your comment. Keep photographying Caitlyn 🙂

    Christina Victoria

    Great tips and awesome photos! I always tell people if they aren’t comfortable with their settings, the #1 way to make sure their images aren’t blurry is to shoot in TV/S (shutter) priority. That way you can prioritize having no hand shake.

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Thank you so much. Great advice. Thanks for your comment. 🙂


    Awesome tips for everyone and specially to me who loves capturing photos everytime i travel.This one also help me and give me more knowledge on how to make awesome photos and its good because you don’t need to buy expensive camera to have a good quality photos, just your iPhone or smartphone you can make a great photos.

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Hi, you are so right. You can take great photos with your phone. Glad the article could help you.


    Great article! Do you even bother carrying your camera with you during the day in broad sunlight? I find it’s not worth the hassle for such poor shooting conditions.

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Hi Scott, It all depends what we are doing. If we are on a job, we always carry our cameras with us. The midday sun is harsh but you get used to working with it. Especially indoors with the sun coming through the cracks, it can work out really lovely sometimes. When we are travelling on our own time, we don’t usually carry the camera. Happy travels


    I really enjoyed reading this post, as I am a beginner in photography as well and it’s always interesting to see what gear other people are using!

    I have the Canon Rebel as well, and also love the 50mm lens. It’s just great and is so versatile!

    Thanks for sharing.

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Glad we could help. Thank you for your comment. Happy photographing,


    Great tips guys! Photography is an art so it must be learned properly. A good guide can teach art in a great way. This article is similar to a guide because it is an eye-opener for blooming photographers and travel lovers.

    Thank you so much!

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Thank you for your comment Glorias. Glad the article could help.


    Hello Alesha and Jarryd, not sure to whom I adresse the message to, but I’m guessing Jarryd took the pictures and Alesha wrote about it :p

    Anyway, do you guys use any customized Firmware on your DSLR? like the CHDK or Magic Lantern. That’s one question, the other one will be: can’t find any Mobile Phone photography on your blog? can you please refer me to any article that provide valuable info around Mobile phone photography?

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Hi Ayoub, The photos and words in the article are a combination of both of us. Usually Alesha is the photographer and Jarryd is the writer.

      We use use no customise firmware at all. We haven’t ventured this way as it voids our warranty.

      As for phone photography, maybe this is an article we should write. With our phone photos, we do use Snapseed to edit them. But do not take any photos through any apps. All the best


        Thank you for the tip regarding phone photography, I mostly use the customized firmware to do timelaps and edit directly on the camera, keep me posted after publishing the new article. (Already subscribed to the weekly newsletter)

          Alesha and Jarryd

          Definitely will do. Thank you so much. Happy photographing. 🙂


    you are doing a great job

      Alesha and Jarryd

      Thank you so much. 🙂


    This was really an amazing list of tips, I am a hobbyist photographer and this would really helps me a lot

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Glad we could help. Keep up the photographing. 🙂

    Linda Davis

    Great tips Alesha and Jarred.
    I really liked your golden and blue hours tip. Will try it soon and hope get amazing pics 🙂

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Glad we could help. Practise will get you on the right track and before you know it you will be taking amazing shots. We are still learning about photography everyday. We love that you can never stop learning. Thanks Linda.

    Kailaash Rajagopalan

    Some of the best tips I have read so far. Amazing post and captures so much detail. Worth the read for every travel photographer. 🙂 Keep it up.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you so much,. We really appreciate it. 🙂

    Robin Quin

    Priceless tips for amateurs like me. Thanks for sharing.
    For a long while, I’ve tried to follow the rule of thirds, but the best shots came out when I finally dared to break it. You’re absolutely right about the rules are meant to be broken.
    Regarding the camera, I agree it doesn’t have to be the most expensive. But sometimes I have a feeling my shots would have been better had I owned a proper camera. What device is the best balance between price and quality?

      Alesha And Jarryd

      HI Robin, you’re welcome. We are so happy we could help. Sometimes breaking the rules works out to be better. 🙂
      We definitely know what you mean. You do not need to buy the most experience camera. A camera that you can use manual settings, is great as you can start using and playing with aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We started off with a Sony RX100ii and it was great. Compact and a great camera to learn. Here is some articles that may help.


    Thanks a lot for the great advise! I especially like your explanations about the exposure triangle. I was a bit aware of it before, but never played around with it unless I wanted to change the depth of field (and even then, I did this very rarely). But thanks to focusing more on it, I am starting to get the hang of it. I have taken some very good hummingbird pictures, for example, which never would have been possible if I hadn’t raised the ISO so I can keep the shutter speed fast. Those birds zip around like crazy!

    Also, I think one of the most important pieces of advise, and the one I’m struggling with most, is to always look at the whole frame. I am guilty of looking at the main subject and later finding out that I cut off important things on the side or that something weird is in the photo that shouldn’t have been there.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Hi Ilona, so happy the article could help you. That’s amazing you experiment with your hummingbird shots. They are fast birds. By practising photography, you will get better and better. No matter how experienced you are, there are always things to learn. When you come to a scene you want to photograph, stop for a minute look around, walk around and think about what shots you want to take. Obviously this is hard when the subject is moving but great for landscape and street photography. All the best and keep up the awesome work. 🙂

        Mike Ledingham

        Hi, I took around 500 shots on a trip to Kyrgyzstan recently, some I think are pretty good, but now after reading your tips, I think I will make another trip to that part of the world again soon!

    Shama perveen

    what a great tips especially the lighting part – i also agree that getting up earlier and shooting in the natural sunlight is so great for your photos. talking to the locals and knowing your camera, You guys covered it all

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you so much for reading Shama. Glad you liked our article. Natural lighting is the best. Even though sometimes that early morning is hard it is worth it. 🙂

    Shama Perveen

    u are absolutely right u don’t need an expensive camera or go to Bali ( although it’s a good idea) to get great photos. it’s just simple common sense and a good eye and you can master photography

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Well said. Thank you for your comment and reading Shama. Have a great week.


    Thanks a lot for the helpful tips on holiday photos. My partner and I are in Easter Island, irresistible place for photo opportunity. My Nikon D7000 will keep on taking photos on auto mode for the time being until I have had enough practice following your guidelines and the who knows what photos I might produce! Thanks.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Glad we could help Balu. Definitely when you have time, go out and take some photos on manual. Play with the different settings. Before you know it, you’ll only be on manual. At the beginning when I was still learning, I would take a shot on the manual settings I thought and then a shot of the same view on auto in case I messed up. Better safe than sorry. Have a great time in Easter Island. There is so much to do there and learning about the history is amazing. Take care.


    Guys your advice are completely helped me. I was stressed before, i want to travelling at the moment but i hope i can take a good picture cause you know how annoying it will be when we take a picture and then when we are home they are completely bad. So then you have to comeback at the same place again just to take a picture.
    But this one is helpfull

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Hi Fabio, Don’t stress. You are going to bring back amazing photos from your travels. It is all overwhelming at the beginning but it gets easy. When you are shooting, put some time aside and concentrate on what you have learned. It doesn’t matter if it takes you 20 minutes to an hour to get your shot. If their are other photographers around, most of the time that are happy to give you some advice. Let them know you are new. Maybe they will let you know their settings for ISO, aperture and shutter. When it comes to editing, take your time as well. There are many You Tube videos that can help you for free. Have a great time on your trip. Happy travels


    Hey Guys, very useful tips especially the Bonus tips.

    Keep Sharing!!!

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Glad we could help. Thanks for reading.


    P(Program) you set either the aperture or shutter and the camera adjusts the other one accordingly to maintain the right exposure. Thanks

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thanks Rezan

    Vivek Wedid

    I love traveling around the world. I wish to capture some of the beautiful places that I enjoyed. The above tips helped me to improve my travel photography skills. It also helped me to click some of the memorable moments of my travel with my friends and relatives.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Hi Vivek, Glad we could help. It is all about practise. We love having a day to ourselves and just getting out and shooting anything – landscape, cityscape, people or animals. We try to give ourselves a challenge sometimes. It makes it interesting and we are enjoying ourselves. 🙂


    Great tips to help out beginners like me. I need to work on to ask people for permission as I get shy sometimes. I love the quote “rules are meant to be broken”!

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you Mao. Don’t worry, “asking” will come. Alesha was so shy and I used to take all the people shots. Now she is more confident and really enjoys shooting people. All the best.

    Lizy Scironi

    THANK YOU . Your very easy to read starter guide to photography was AMAZEBALLS I learnt so much .cheers

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you. Glad we could help. Happy shooting and get creative. 🙂


    Hey guys, this is an amazing guide, thanks for writing this up in such detail. As an amateur, I always look for good travel photography tips from other travellers. I left my tripod behind in Thailand and I think this was a huge mistake, I need to get a new one, urgently 🙂

    By the way, really enjoy your photos on your blog and Instagram, they are amazing! 🙂

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Glad we could help guys. We never used to use a tripod in our early years until we discovered how amazing the shots can be with one in low light and now we have 3. You can rest your camera on something to get a shot but you are limited to positions. Thanks for reading guys. 🙂

    aaron freed

    thanks for the tips. i’d make one edit: instead of ‘move your feet’ i’d say “don’t be lazy”…move left or right. move forward or back. climb up on something or get down on your knees.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Love it Aaron. You are so right. A little to the left might be the perfect shot or a little to the right and crouching might be the perfect shot. thanks for the input. Have a good one.

    Hayley – Hayley’s Travel Tales

    I love this post. It is incredibly helpful to all beginner travel photographers like myself! I have only been shooting in manual mode for the past 5 months and have already seen a huge increase in the quality of my photos! But I am always looking to improve. Will definitely be sharing your post

      Alesha And Jarryd

      It is crazy how you improve when you start shooting manual. I know Alesha did also. You learn so much about the camera and what it can do, it is incredible. Thank you for reading and all the best with your photography Hayley. 🙂


    Hey guys,

    this guide is amazing, thank you so much for explaining everything in a way an amateur can understand 🙂

    Bookmarking the post for future reference!


      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you guys. We are glad it is useful for you. 🙂

    Nitin Khanna

    Wow! Amazing Tips. These tips will help a lot to click great pictures with your camera. Love the point of Shutter Speed. and about RAW.

    Thanks for Sharing Helpful Post.

      Alesha And Jarryd

      Thank you so much Nitin. Glad we can help. Thank you for reading.

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