Great photos are a vital condition for any travel blog. When you have amazing photos you can get easily more readers for your blog. I would say that travel blogs live as much off photos and off text. If the photos are uninteresting or poor quality they don’t make people want to read the article but if the text is bad the reader won’t read more of your articles.
So here are my tips for creating attractive photos:
1. Dreaming through photos
Photos in travel blogs are to make people dream. The better photos you have on your page the better you affect your readers’ emotions. I know you have all seen a photo that has caused you the need to go traveling or has made you amazed. The photos will picture out your text and helps to romanticize. A photo can tell more than thousand words.
2. Travel photography ABC
Key things to remember in travel photography to remember can be as easy as ABC. Travel photography ABC consists of:
– Actively search for a good photo, better angle, good lighting and special things.
– Be ready all the time.
– Capture the moment. Don’t think too much or you’ll miss your shot.
3. People in the photos
Publish photos that have people in them. There have been multiple surveys that have found out that people tend to be keener on photos that have people in them. I have noticed myself that each time I start to follow an Instagram account I check if there are photos with people in them because that adds the personal touch to the photos.
I can improve this myself. On my blog I have a lot of landscape photos without any people in them. This is instruction that goes “do as I say, not as I do”. I will add more photos of people on my blog account that’s for sure.
4. Add a personal touch to your photos.
The photos should look like you. They may have similar style, angle, lighting or you just like to take photos in a certain recognizable way. The best case scenario would be that when someone sees a photo, they could identify that photo straight away that it’s your photo. That is difficult but possible!
5. Think outside the box
In travel photography you should always try to think outside the box. If you go to Sydney for example and want to capture the Opera house you can take one photo that is similar to the one that everyone else takes. Then try to figure out how you could change the angle to make it more you. Or would some angle bring you better lighting? The outside box mentality will make your photos more interesting and more personal. That way you will become more attractive!
6. How about the camera type?
Obviously a better camera will help you to take better photos. A good DSLR camera takes photos with better quality than just a cheap cellphone camera. BUT I still believe that the better the photographer, the better the photos. I’ve taken many shots with my LG Spirit phone which doesn’t have the highest quality camera in it but still I’ve got comments like “Wow, your pic is amazing! What camera did you use?” The best camera is the one you’re carrying with you.
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Worth mentioning that point no 6 is very vital. It’s not always the camera we use, its always how to use? People these days focus on expensive cameras as they think that will capture extremely brilliant photos rather than knowing how to use that camera appropriately. I use a Canon 1200D and have an iPhone 5. Most of my Instagram is cellphone photo posts.
You have captured ana amazing take on this photography perspective. Keep up the good work Hanah. You have 1 new ardent follower now.
Thank you so much for your comment! I’m really glad that you enjoyed my article! That is awesome! 😊
I totally agree with you, a good camera won’t make you a good photographer! (Well better camera might give you better photo quality at times though.) For example that cover photo is taken by LG phone!!
I am guilty of #3.I dont always take photos of myself because I always travel solo, but I am going to try. I agree that pictures with people in it add more authenticity and personal touch. Thanks for the great photography tips!
Thank you! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading my tips! I totally get you on the tip number 3 -it’s hard. But then again the people in the photos can be for example locals that give you the permission to post the photos. 🙂 Personally I enjoy reading a blog more when I know who the person behind it is. 🙂
I liked your tips – thanks for sharing!
I agree with you on more people and the camera you have. I don’t usually have someone to take pictures of me and when I do I feel weird asking them to take my picture. I’m usually behind the lens, but I’m working on it. I would also like to get a bigger better camera, but my phone takes great pictures and it’s always with me so I think it will be balance between spur of the moment shots and intentional photo shoots.
Thank you! I’m really glad you liked my tips! I totally feel you in asking someone to take a photo of myself. 🙂 Sometimes I have another person travelling with me and taking photos but not always. I have also been looking for a better camera and of course it does matter in some cases which camera you have. But I still believe that the best camera can be your cellphone if that’s the only one available. 🙂
I have a Canon DSLR and still struggling to get it right. The biggest part is the editing which helps to add zest to the photo. I use Photoshop and i think i’m getting better every day.
It’s true that people tend to like photos with people in them, especially in Instagram.
I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my article Carolina! I agree with you! I think for bloggers it’s important to also add a photo of themselves because many readers want to know who is the person behind the blog they are reading. It is not necessary of course but that is how I see it. 🙂
Thanks for the tip! Will be sure to keep that in mind!
I’m glad you enjoyed my tips and found them helpful! 🙂