3 Tips for Taking Better Travel Photos with Your Phone

A lot of us are guilty of taking as many photos as we can when we’re travelling, but then when we look back at them at home we realise that a lot of the photos weren’t worth the memory they took up, due to the way they turned out.

You’ve probably scrolled past plenty of blurry or badly-lit shots as you went through your holiday snaps, but think that that’s just what happens when you use your phone as your camera too. That couldn’t be further from the truth!

If you want to take your travel photos to the next level, whether they’re for your blog, your Instagram or just for you to enjoy, these three tips will greatly improve your photos!

The Right Light
To have your photos looking better, avoid taking snaps when the sun is very bright, before sunrise or after sunset, because there’s usually too much light, or not enough at these times of the day.

When light is soft, diffused and evenly distributed over whatever you’re photographing, it’s the perfect time to snap a photo! Photographers call the time just before sunset or just after sunrise ‘the golden hour’ because it’s a fantastic time to take photos.

2. Hold Your Phone Steady
This seems like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised how many people snap photos one-handed, which means shaking and that leads to blurry pictures!
Use both hands to hold your phone while keeping your elbows close to your sides, to help you steady your hands.

To take photos from different positions, you can look up other ways of holding your phone to keep it steady too.

If you’re really serious about your photos, you could invest in a portable tripod. There’s plenty that you can set up quickly, so you don’t miss your shot.

3. Try Different Angles
While it’s always nice to have photos that have been taken at eye-level and head-on, it’s hard to get a photo that really stands out when you use this perspective.

Start experimenting with different angles when you take your photos, like from overhead or at ground-level. Different perspectives create interest and help showcase your subject in different ways. Take a couple of photos at each angle, and get creative!

Even if these tips may seem a little obvious, it’s the basics that form the foundations of great photos. Have fun with taking your holiday photos, and be sure to practice to improve your skills. You never know, you might just find a new calling in life as a photographer!