Aug 9, 2016

Tips for travel photography

How to master travel photography 

It's always a good idea to invest in a profession camera if you are truly serious about your photography. However, if you don't have a professional camera, the latest Samsung and iPhone are a good option for travel photography for social media purposes, as they have optical lenses added. The addition of an optical lens is especially helpful if you like to use filters and want to capture rays of light.



Here are some tips to help you take the perfect vacation photos:

 * All photos are courtesy of Jason Mills

  1. Sunrise and Sunset Shots:

The shifting light provided during a sunrise and sunset has the added benefit of adding emotion to your photography. Morning and dusk are the perfect times to capture the shifting lights across any body of water and with an optical lens, you can point the camera directly into the sun to capture actual rays of light.

Sunrises and sunsets add to your travel photography

Sunrises and sunsets add to your travel photography - Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort

If you are in a destination where the sun rises over the sea, this is the best time to dedicate to taking pictures in the morning. For example, in Cancun and Riviera Maya, the sunsets over the land, which means that it goes from light to dark rather quickly without many variances in tones. Because the sun hits the water in the morning, it makes Riviera Maya and Cancun the perfect destination to take great sunrise shots. On the other hand, if you are on the Pacific side, it’s best to take sunset shots because as the sun sets over the ocean, every imaginable colour and hue is displayed.

A sunset on the Pacific

A sunset on the Pacific from the Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya


  1. Overcast vs. Cloudy Day Photos

Overcast and cloudy days can dictate where to point your camera.

On overcast days, it’s best to capture subjects containing green and red. Skip the beaches and pools on these days and capture subjects that are optimized by evenly distributed lighting, like gardens and animals. Green and red hues on smart phones on very sunny days can appear washed out and bleed together. But on overcast days, the light is often even and indirect, which allows for richer and clearer greens and reds.

On overcast days look for greens and reds

On overcast days look for greens and reds

Rainy day? Even better. This is your chance to capture some raindrops on the leaves.

These are some of the best days for beach or ocean shots. Like sunrise and dusk, cloudy days can convey drama and emotion, especially if you can capture some light rays in your lens. The shadows and shifting colours are perfect for post shot filtering.

Clouds convey drama

Clouds convey drama

When taking a picture, think about where your eye is being led. Are you being directed to look from top to bottom, left to right or up to down? The edges of pools, the line where the beach meets the ocean, a palm tree to one side can all give a frame or direction to the photo. Pools are often curved, so pool shots look best if one of the pools edges leads your eye to a corner of the screen. Maybe the framing of a shot leads your eye to the center of the photo, giving intuitive direction to the background. Think out each shot as if you were telling your eye to go in a particular direction.


Make a point to never take a shot of the resort, beach or pool areas when the umbrellas are down. The photos are so much more inviting if there is a spot in the shade waiting for you.

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