The Dos and Don’ts of Taking Amazing Travel Pictures With Your Smartphone

When you’re travelling, whether on a short trip or something extended, you don’t want to have to lug around bulky, expensive equipment. Taking pictures of your trip can mean having a bunch of amazing souvenirs and memories to show people back home, but this usually means doing it with your smartphone. In spite of what some may tell you, you can definitely take amazing travel pictures with your smartphone – however, you need to have a little know how first. You can’t just start taking pictures and hope for the best. Below, you’ll find some of the dos and don’ts that you should pay attention to if you want to take amazing travel pictures. Take a look. 

Do Use Burst Mode 

Many of the expert photographers out there manage to get amazing travel pictures because they use burst mode. This means that when snapping a subject, such as an animal, they have tens, and even hundreds to choose from. You can do the same thing on your smartphone camera, so don’t panic about needing a more expensive camera. Just try to delete any excess photos that you don’t want as you go as you may run out of storage. 

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Don’t Forget To Adjust The Exposure 

Something many people do when snapping pictures with their smartphone is forget to adjust the exposure. Many smartphones do this automatically anyway, but they don’t always get it right. Make sure you test the exposure on different shots to see what happens. This will stop certain images from looking too dark or too light. 


Do Use Your Grid Lines

Grid lines on your smartphone can help you to implement the infinitely helpful rule of thirds. The rule of thirds can help you to position your subject in the outer third of your picture, which can create a more interesting travel photograph than one where the subject is right in the middle. At the very least, using your grid lines can help you to get a straight image. 

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Don’t Use Your Flash

Never, ever use the flash on your camera. Using the flash will mean your images end up looking washed out, or just plain bad. If you need external light, natural light is always best. Failing that, look at using an external light source like a lamp to light things up properly. 

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Do Get To Know Your Own Camera

Each smartphone will have a different camera with different capabilities. You should aim to practice and learn more about your own settings so that you can take the best pictures imaginable while you’re on your trip. Don’t wait until the trip to practice! 

Don’t Zoom 

Zooming on a picture is basically taking a picture and then cropping in on the subject. It reduces the image quality and cuts out pixels, so should be a definite no-go. If you think you may need to zoon, using a telephoto lens can attach to your phone and give you pictures that still look sharp and detailed. It’s definitely worth an investment if you want some amazing pictures as souvenirs.