Travel Photography Tips
Set out before everyone else gets up and your shots will reward you.
- Rise and shine - You might be on holiday, but getting up and about soon after first light, is probably the best way to get good travel pictures and still enjoy a family break. Just sneak out before everyone else wakes up.
- Lone Ranger - An early start means that you can spend an hour or so taking shots on your own, without the kids or your partner hassling you to move on, before you've got the image you want.
- Time your trip - Plan your jaunt, so that you're back to have breakfast with your travel companions. The hotel buffet will taste even better if you've earned it after a short photographic excursion.
- Be organised - Clean your kit, pack your bag and charge your camera batteries the night before, so that you're all set to go when you get up. Plan where you'll head to and what you're going to shoot the day before. That way, you can achieve lots with minimum disruption to your family or friends.
- Tripod or ISO - It won't be as bright at first light, so you may need to take a travel tripod or raise your ISO to avoid camera shake and blurry photographs.
- Too early to be open - Many historic sites don't open quite that early, so always check the tourist information before you head out at dawn.
This shot was taken in Alfama, Lisbon, at 8:00 AM, shortly after the sunrise, when the quality of the light is at its best, also known as the golden hour, and before hundreds of tourists got in front of my camera.