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5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

August 28, 2017
5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING QUALITY TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

Summertime means summer vacations and trips to tropical and exotic places! One of the best parts about these vacations is getting to relive your trip through the photos you take once you have returned. Everyday we see beautiful travel photos pop up in our social media feeds, and wonder how they got such an incredible shot. In most cases, the answer is a professional camera, but for the hobbyists there are a few tips for capturing quality travel photos that you’re proud of by just using your smartphone.

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING QUALITY TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

1) PRACTICE BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Before you leave for your trip practice taking the types of travel shots you think you’ll want. Start by walking around your neighborhood or local park and experiment with different angles, lighting, filters, and photo tools offered by your device. By taking practice photos before you leave on vacation you will begin to develop a trained eye, and find your travel photos taking on a higher quality.

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING QUALITY TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

2) WIPE OFF YOUR CAMERA LENS

Our phones spend most of their time riding around in our pockets or the bottom of our purse, causing the camera lens to collect dust and smudges. Your camera lens will also fog up when you switch from the air conditioned indoors to the humid outdoors. By taking a second to wipe off your camera lens with your shirt or a cloth you will notice that your photos are much crisper and cleaner than when you don’t wipe off your lens. After doing this a few times, cleaning your lens will become second nature — filling your photo albums with clear, quality shots!

3) HOLD YOUR PHONE HORIZONTALLY

Photos that are taken horizontally will look more professional than pictures that were taken vertically. When taking photos horizontally you are able to capture more of the scene within your picture, and you are also able to apply the rule of thirds. If you are using an iPhone, Apple makes it easy to practice the rule of thirds. To use the grid that is central to the rule of thirds, all you need to do is go into Settings, scroll down to Photos & Camera, and then turn on the Rule of Thirds option.

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING QUALITY TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

4) FOCUS ON DETAILS

Unfortunately, even when we hold our phones horizontally we still can’t quite capture what we’re seeing as accurately as we would like. In this case, it’s best to focus on the main detail that catches your eye and try to capture that detail. This gives you a quality photo, with a memorable detail that will help you remember the scene, and be able to recall the story behind the photo.

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING QUALITY TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

5) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GOOD LIGHTING

Whether you are using a professional camera or your smartphone camera, good lighting is everything. Photographers will tell you that taking photos in the morning is when you get the best lighting because you do not have to deal with as many shadows. Also, anytime you get the chance for a photo opportunity at sunset, you should take it! If there is good lighting, chances are the perfect photo is just a shot away.

Most importantly, have fun with your travel pictures — these are your memories to enjoy. Whether you are using a professional camera or your phone’s camera, make sure your personality and creativity are what you are using to guide your shots, instead of trying to imitate your favorite National Geographic photographer to a T.

5 TIPS FOR CAPTURING QUALITY TRAVEL PHOTOS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

Do you have any tips for taking amazing Smartphone photos? Please share with our readers in the comments below! Read Next > How to Creatively Compose Your Travel Photography

By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Megan Hardesty of MeganRenee15.com
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  • Reply Tessa August 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I absolutely agree! Lighting is uber important.

    If you do only one thing and this sounds like a no brainer but we all forget it is… keep your light source behind you when taking a photo. Especially true if it’s a bright sunny day. Have your back to the sun and watch out for any shadows you may cast on your subject. Overcast days are so much more forgiving!

    • Reply Megan August 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Great advice! This is something to always keep in mind for sure.

  • Reply Zhanna August 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I haven’t been using rule of third. To be honest, I didn’t even know about it. Thank you for great advice, I will definitely try it next time I take pictures with my phone.

  • Reply Anna August 30, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This is super helpful and interesting. One question about the horizontal photos — I prefer these too because you get an incredible view of the landscape, but many Instagram feature accounts say they want the photos in vertical. Why is this?

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers August 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Anna! Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad you found the post useful! X, Vanessa

    • Reply Becky van Dijk August 31, 2017 at 2:39 am

      Hey Anna. I run the We Are Travel Girls Instagram account and prefer vertical images. Its much more visually appealing as you are typically looking at Instagram on your phone. As you scroll through hundreds of images, the larger ones which are portrait style stand out versus the smaller landscape pictures. I rarely post a square or landscape image as these tend to be less appealing to the eye and therefore receive less engagement. For websites and photography for a blog a landscape image is preferred. Many people view on small laptops so portrait images on a blog post are too large really. Hope that helps! Becky

  • Reply TheWickedSoul September 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, I totally agree with these tips! and yes pictures are your memories so just have fun and keep creating great memories 🙂
    http://www.thewickedsoul.com

    • Reply Becky van Dijk September 3, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Thanks so much for reading. Glad you found this article interesting!

  • Reply George Minton September 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Great tips! Truly I found this information very useful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls September 3, 2017 at 12:08 am

      Thanks for reading George. Glad you found this article useful.

  • Reply Prompttips September 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Really good article, these tips are very important.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls September 21, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Thanks for reading, glad you like this article! Becky – Founder, We Are Travel Girls

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