10 Tips for Travel Photography

Although this photo with Alfred Hitchcock's wax figure at Madame Tussauds may work, it might not have been what I expected to see when I returned from my London adventure. It was too late then to retake my photo and who knows when I’ll ever have that opportunity again?

Here are ten lessons I've learned about travel photography:

  1. Review your pictures before you leave a site and make sure you’ve gotten what you want…everything you want
  2. Close ups are good. Feet don’t always have to be in the picture, although sometimes feet are good.
  3. You can delete the bad photos later so take lots, it increases your odds of success.
  4. Spend time experimenting with your camera before the trip to get the most out of your equipment. I don’t like to use a flash, but long exposures due to low light levels make for blurry pictures. When in doubt, take the same picture with and without the flash.
  5. Take videos scanning and narrating a scene. (But don’t hold your camera sideways, you may not be able to rotate the videos upright later.)
  6. Take the pictures no one else has. Use different angles and be animated. You don’t have to look as if you're posing for a formal portrait or going to the gallows in every picture.
  7. Placards at the museums make great reference photos when you get back home. 
  8. Batteries never die at a convenient time, so bring plenty.
  9. Wait for the shot you want, or just keep taking pictures until it happens. Series are fun.
  10. Don't miss out on sharing the excitement of your adventure by waiting for the completion of that photo album you mean to do upon your return. Post your pictures on Facebook or other Social Media to share with your friends.  
The Feet of David (From the Victoria and Albert Museum Cast Garden in London)

The Feet of David (From the Victoria and Albert Museum Cast Garden in London)

Bonus: Buy lots of postcards. They're cheap and easy to transport. Besides, the professionals always take better pictures!