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How to make travel photos more interesting

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July 9, 2020

We love travelling, be it in the UK or abroad and we aspire to make our photo’s more interesting.

We do own a good DSLR camera, but in all honesty we take as many photographs on our smart phones as we do using the camera, as they are such good quality these days and far easier to carry around with you.


Taking a photo is relatively easy, just point and shoot, however taking a little more time over the composition can take your photo’s from being average, to great!

10 Top Tips to making travel photo’s more interesting

1. Use different angles

This is my husband’s forte – he thinks nothing crouching down, climbing walls or laying on the floor to get the best angle for a photo.


Believe it or not, was leaning over the side of the lake, hovering his camera over the lake for the picture above.

2. Invest in a lensball

We love lensball photography and it is something we have been doing for the last couple of years.


I carry ours around in my handbag and it works really well with my smartphone.


I would advise investing in a good quality lensball and stand as cheaper versions don’t offer the same quality and scratch easily.

3. Keep it steady and invest in a tripod

I have a compact Joby gorilla pod which enables me to attach my camera, smart phone or lensball on it.

taking photo

The real benefit is that the legs are very bendy and flexible making it perfect for sticking on fences or around lampposts for fun images.

4. Use a timer

There is nothing worse than taking a family photo with one person missing. In a time where we are especially relunctant to let other people touch or property, attach your camera to the tripod, set the time and strike a pose.


5. Lighting

My favourite photo’s are always the ones taken in the “golden hour” – the hour after sunrise or before sunset, as they have a real golden and warm tone to them.


We cannot always be in the right place at the right time, but try and have the sun behind you to avoid the glare if you can.

6. Use a filter

I am still learning how to use ISO and aperture and all the other various settings on my camera and often don’t have time to faff about with settings when out with the kids.


One of our favourite photo editing apps is Snapseed, which can give you lots of different looks to your photo, or I edit with picmonkey on my computer when I get home.

7. Find the reflection

Reflections can really make a photo stand out from the crowd.


I am a little addicted to watching photography tips on Tik Tok, some of which use a simple bottle of water to get their reflection shot.


8. Keep it natural

Posed photo’s can be great, but invariably, one of you pulls a funny face, looks the wrong way or really doesn’t want their photo taken.

beach huts

The best photo’s are always the natural ones, where the kids are playing not aware that the camera is on them. If you must try for a posed one, try using burst for rapid fire exposure as you are bound to get the photo you want.

beach huts

9. Know your camera

There are some fabulous photography settings on the iphone and other smart phones.

My favourite is live photo, where you can get a long exposure photo or video loops.

10. Know your subject

If you are travelling, always research the place you are visiting as chances are, other people will give you tips for iconic locations to visit, like the Solheimasandur Plane Wreck on the black beach in Iceland.

Good places to look are instagram and pinterest, using hashtags or locations to search.

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  1. Reply

    Iain maciver

    July 9, 2020

    a good camera

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    July 9, 2020

    Create a sense of depth and use simple backgrounds.

  3. Reply

    victoria minihane

    July 9, 2020

    Good lighting,preferably natural and outside.

  4. Reply

    Matthew Hale

    July 9, 2020

    I use a load of tricks. Usually I hold the camera at angles and don’t look through the viewfinder and choose the most fun shot. Sometimes I take a shot behind me to see what will appear!

  5. Reply

    Stephanie K

    July 9, 2020

    Shoot from the hip

  6. Reply

    Kathy Cakebread

    July 9, 2020

    Always use natural light where possible

  7. Reply

    Patrick Quilty

    July 9, 2020

    never take one photo take several photos then you can choose the best shot you have taken

  8. Reply

    ashleigh allan

    July 9, 2020

    Have a good camera!

  9. Reply

    Elaine Betteridge

    July 9, 2020

    My hubby has just discovered some fab apps and I’m abit jealous that all his recent photos are so much better than mine haha!

  10. Reply

    Sarah Cooper

    July 9, 2020

    I always love using Portrait mode for a good photo.

  11. Reply


    July 9, 2020

    A Good camera and take lots of photos ( the beauty of digital ) . If all else fails I give the camera to my son as he is far better with technology

  12. Reply

    Margaret Gallagher

    July 9, 2020

    Lighting ! Makes a massive difference

  13. Reply

    Samantha Butler

    July 9, 2020

    I’m an amateur so I always find that taking loads of photos results in getting at least a few good shots 🙂

  14. Reply

    Paul Harris

    July 9, 2020

    lovely little magical ball

  15. Reply

    Tracy Nixon

    July 10, 2020

    A good camera!

  16. Reply


    July 10, 2020

    WOW amazing tips here Kara and thank you so much for linking to my iPhoneography tips 🙂

    Great comp. xx

  17. Reply


    July 10, 2020

    Having a decent camera helps – also thinking about composition of the picture and what you want it for

  18. Reply

    Heather Haigh

    July 10, 2020

    It’s all about the light, look for great lighting and use it well.

  19. Reply

    Kelly Wheelhouse

    July 10, 2020

    My best tip is to take more than one photo of each thing. Try a couple of different angles too! Sometimes if you snap one photo it won’t look quite how you wanted it to, so it’s best to have a couple to chose the best from 🙂

  20. Reply

    Chris Andrews

    July 10, 2020

    What is your favourite photography tip for getting your perfect picture? , , ,l don’t have one as l am a novice, this would be a brilliant prize for me

  21. Reply


    July 10, 2020

    Nice list, I agree that tripods are useful.

  22. Reply

    Suanu Watts

    July 10, 2020

    Good lighting

  23. Reply


    July 10, 2020

    My best pictures have always come from spontaneous moments, an animal suddenly appearing in the forest, a family member laughing…

  24. Reply

    Julie Quarterman

    July 10, 2020

    Make sure the lighting is right and try and get a natural picture. They are normally the best.

  25. Reply

    Tammy Tudor

    July 10, 2020

    brush up on your lighting skills, the best lighting can make or break a photo

  26. Reply


    July 10, 2020

    Use a tripod for low light levels

  27. Reply

    Sheena Batey

    July 10, 2020

    It is crucial to keep it steady to avoid a blurred image

  28. Reply


    July 10, 2020

    Get up early for the best light.

  29. Reply

    lynn neal

    July 10, 2020

    Take your camera every where with you so you are ready to to take a photograph an seize the moment!

  30. Reply

    Natasha Whenham

    July 10, 2020

    Get my dad to take it! He’s a fantastic photographer

  31. Reply

    Helen Tovell

    July 10, 2020

    To take less obvious shots to capture unusual and natural looks

  32. Reply

    Tammy Westrup

    July 10, 2020

    Make sure the lighting is right, or the position of the sun

  33. Reply

    Caroline Blaza

    July 10, 2020

    When taking pictures of people take when they are not looking to get totally natural photos

  34. Reply

    Amanda Walsh

    July 10, 2020

    for us its just a bonus to get everyone looking in the same direction !SO its point press and hope

  35. Reply

    Mo Haigh

    July 10, 2020

    try looking at thigs from different angles

  36. Reply

    Kelly Smith

    July 11, 2020

    Having a decent camera makes a massive difference ❤️

  37. Reply


    July 11, 2020

    A good quality lens and natural, non-posed photographs.

  38. Reply

    Lorraine Williams

    July 11, 2020

    Position what you are photographing a third in to the image to make it more interesting

  39. Reply

    Craig Wells

    July 11, 2020

    I love night photography, painting pictures with torches!

  40. Reply

    Emma Kellow

    July 11, 2020

    Always take several pictures of the same subject, including from different angles as that can make all the difference and give an even better result than you intended.

  41. Reply


    July 11, 2020

    Neat ball! (and the plane shot ain’t bad either)

  42. Reply

    Joanne Harley

    July 11, 2020

    Make sure your exposure triangle is bang on.

  43. Reply

    Janet T

    July 11, 2020

    I have tried many of these tips before but I do keep forgetting them and taking the same photos time after time! A useful list – and I love the beach hut portraits.

  44. Reply

    Laura Pritchard

    July 11, 2020

    Taking pictures into the sun/light always gives a great glow. I also crop a lot.

  45. Reply

    Allan Smith

    July 11, 2020

    Good lighting

  46. Reply

    Jo Young

    July 11, 2020

    Your tips are brilliant and all I can add is to think out of the box and take shots from various angles.

  47. Reply

    Caroline H

    July 11, 2020

    Loving the tips! Mine would be to quickly scan the background of your photo in your camera to make sure there’s nothing unattractive (like the wheely bin at the side of a family garden shot) or odd (like a vase of flowers behind someone that makes it look like they are growing out of their head).

  48. Reply

    Harry G

    July 11, 2020

    Some of the best shots are spontaneous ones, so always be prepared!

  49. Reply

    fiona waterworth

    July 11, 2020

    good lighting, and a good tripod

  50. Reply

    Rhian westbury

    July 11, 2020

    That lensball is so cool, I love the photos you have taken with it. I may have to see if I can get one to take some interesting shots x

  51. Reply

    Sejal Trivedy

    July 11, 2020

    Lighting is key!

  52. Reply


    July 11, 2020

    Don’t be disheartened by photographs that come out bad. You learn more about photography by making mistakes.

  53. Reply

    Niraj Shah

    July 11, 2020

    I know how important good lighting is for the quality of a picture! I am no expert in taking pictures, and something I want to work on!

  54. Reply

    Ellie Spider

    July 11, 2020

    Mine is when your taking photos or videos on your phone to do it with the phone held horizontally – its easier to crop that way

  55. Reply

    Simon Knuckey

    July 12, 2020

    Stay Focus With A Good CAMERA

  56. Reply

    Liam | Whatthedadsaid

    July 12, 2020

    Some good tips and advice, my wife is much better at photos than me when we are away, i get 1 in about 10 really good ones, where she knows exactly what shes doing lol, great post.

  57. Reply

    Rebecca Smith

    July 12, 2020

    Some wonderful tips here. We were planning to do a lot of travelling this year but obviously coronavirus put paid to that! Will take advantage of your tips once we can travel again.

  58. Reply

    Emily Underworld

    July 12, 2020

    These are all brilliant photography tips! My favourite is to experiment with different angles. I love the effect created by a lensball, it’d be so fun to try one out!

  59. Reply

    claire woods

    July 12, 2020

    Avoid Camera Shake and Shoot more than you need

  60. Reply

    Yeah Lifestyle

    July 12, 2020

    I adore taking photos and always looking for ways to enhance my photos. This lensball looks like a fab gadget, fingers cross I win it

  61. Reply

    Rich Tyler

    July 12, 2020

    Don’t rush taking photo

  62. Reply

    Ruth Harwood

    July 13, 2020

    I just take 4 or 5 pictures in a row and move a bit around to see if the light can fall just right on my image xx

  63. Reply

    Sally Akins

    July 13, 2020

    These are some really useful tips, I especially like the tips for getting natural photos of your children!

  64. Reply


    July 13, 2020

    I’m really not anything special when it comes to photos and making them look fancy. Will definitely try out some of these tricks

  65. Reply

    Helen Grayson

    July 13, 2020

    Take time to set up the shot. Don’t just shoot and go. Make sure you take the time to line things up and get it into focus

  66. Reply


    July 13, 2020

    Don’t get caught up trying to line up the perfect shot, the best photos are spontaneous

  67. Reply

    Peter Nickson

    July 13, 2020

    The more the merrier as you will always get one that’s perfect

  68. Reply

    Playdays and Runways

    July 13, 2020

    I really need to use some of these tips when taking photos they are really good, thanks.

  69. Reply


    July 13, 2020

    Neat bit of kit

  70. Reply

    Mark R

    July 13, 2020

    Get up early when no one else is about

  71. Reply

    Rachel Butterworth

    July 13, 2020


  72. Reply


    July 13, 2020

    Choose the right time of day for your shot

  73. Reply

    Alison Johnson

    July 13, 2020

    Let my Hubby take it for a start as I’m know for taking bad photos. His top tip would be to take more than you actually need so you can choose your favourite/best shot.

  74. Reply

    Rebecca Beesley

    July 13, 2020

    These are really good tips! I feel really naive saying this but i never really knew how people took those photos – I didn’t know what a lensball was! i suppose my top tip is to try to get good daylight as it makes a real difference at times and a steady hand to avoid blurry photos.

  75. Reply

    Tony Martin

    July 13, 2020

    Be patient to capture that perfect moment especially with action shots or wildlife

  76. Reply

    Emma Byford

    July 14, 2020

    Good lighting! Outside light can really change a photo

  77. Reply

    Valerie Seal

    July 14, 2020

    I have no tips, but our granddaughter is going to do photography at school, so will recommend your site!

  78. Reply

    Lyndsey cooksey

    July 14, 2020

    Fantastic tips here! The lense ball looks amazing! Where possible, use natural light.

  79. Reply

    Amy Bondoc

    July 14, 2020

    a good quality camera!

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    July 14, 2020

    lots of practice , you wont get it right first time

  81. Reply

    Jazz Tattersall

    July 14, 2020

    Find a flat surface to steady hand shaking

  82. Reply

    Alex Bell

    July 15, 2020

    Follow the 2/3 rule

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    July 15, 2020

    Hello, my photography tip is to photograph things from a low angle as it makes what you are trying to photograph look quite striking.

  84. Reply

    Alexa K

    July 15, 2020

    Don’t miss the moment – amazing things happen when you least expect it, so always be ready. And Lightroom can fix most things if you end up with a head/leaf in the middle of your shot 😉

  85. Reply

    susan taylor

    July 16, 2020

    Good lighting

  86. Reply

    leanne weir

    July 16, 2020

    To be persistent and keep experimenting

  87. Reply

    Darren Jacobs

    July 17, 2020

    Hold your breathe as you take the shot

  88. Reply

    Rebecca Walker

    July 17, 2020

    be patient

  89. Reply

    Clare McGill

    July 18, 2020

    Good lighting is a must but for me a tripod has always been the most useful tool.

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    July 19, 2020

    Good lighting. Try to make the most of natural lighting rather than using the flash.

  91. Reply

    Jo F

    July 19, 2020

    It always the lighting that makes a difference, usually the early morning or early evening are best.

  92. Reply

    Helen H

    July 19, 2020

    It’s always about lighting! Natural is best if possible but always think about the position of the sun, it’s easy to forget when concentrating on composition!

  93. Reply


    July 19, 2020

    Take your time

  94. Reply


    July 19, 2020

    My tip is to have good lighting and try taking the photo from various different angles

  95. Reply

    Kristie Metcalfe

    July 20, 2020

    Give yourself plenty of time to set everything up and do a test run to check the best angles and lighting. Then when you are ready to go you already know what should look good.

  96. Reply

    David Bailey

    July 21, 2020

    Excellent advice, will be thinking about these top tips when taking photos over the summer.

  97. Reply

    Clare A Gillman

    July 21, 2020

    My tip is to try and take photos early in the morning or late afternoon. The light is better, making the colours of the photo look more vibrant. Plus, if you are photographing friends and family, there will be less squinting into the sun!

  98. Reply

    Kim Carberry

    July 21, 2020

    Make sure you have good lighting x

  99. Reply

    Sian Buckingham

    July 22, 2020

    Lighting really does play a huge part in taking a great shot!

  100. Reply


    July 25, 2020

    Don’t rush the shot if you can help it!

  101. Reply


    July 25, 2020

    My husband always takes the pictures as he’s better than me.these tips are helpful though. Thank you

  102. Reply

    Rebecca King

    July 26, 2020

    Good natural lighting makes the world of a difference!

  103. Reply

    Jodie Green

    July 27, 2020

    I love an angled shot, very rarely take a photo front on. Also natural photos, especially of my children just doing whatever they are doing, completely natural no filter and no posing 🙂

  104. Reply

    S straw

    July 27, 2020

    I always try to get the lighting position right and have a decent flash too. If in doubt I take lots of shots and hope for the best.

  105. Reply

    Katrina Adams

    July 28, 2020

    Everyday objects can be used to create fun photos, like bottles, mirrors but in all honesty, I’m only just getting started with photography and am looking to improve them so reading these tips has been great.

  106. Reply

    Sarah Ann

    July 28, 2020

    Natural light definitely. My favourite time to take photos is sunrise or sunset.

  107. Reply

    James Travis

    July 29, 2020

    Use natural light and take your time, be patient

  108. Reply

    Dale Dow

    July 29, 2020

    Take the same image from different angles, what may appear perfect through the lens may have it’s flaws when opened

  109. Reply

    Charmaine Dance

    July 29, 2020

    Get up early to ensure you have the best light

  110. Reply

    Eileen Hindley

    July 29, 2020

    Always take unusual quirky shots 🙂

  111. Reply


    July 29, 2020

    Take a few pics of the same thing, then you can choose the best one.

  112. Reply

    donna jones

    July 29, 2020

    Use a plain background.

  113. Reply

    fran coles

    July 29, 2020

    get up close and personal to make sure the frame is filled

  114. Reply

    Patricia Barrett

    July 30, 2020

    Use the rule of thirds as it helps you take eye-catching pictures by using one of the most effective rules of composition.

  115. Reply


    July 30, 2020

    get down low for a different perspective

  116. Reply


    July 30, 2020

    wait for THAT light

  117. Reply

    Sarah Hanson

    July 30, 2020

    Don’t suggest taking a nice smiley photo with teenagers, they just pull faces

  118. Reply


    July 31, 2020

    Pick an interesting subject and shoot from interesting angle that makes people think

  119. Reply

    sue leake

    July 31, 2020

    If using a DSLR buy the best lens you can afford

  120. Reply

    Sheri Darby

    July 31, 2020

    Take my time

  121. Reply

    Scott Fallon

    July 31, 2020

    Lot’s of natural light

  122. Reply

    Adrian Bold

    August 1, 2020

    Buy the best camera you can afford.

  123. Reply

    Cara-Jane Hunter

    August 1, 2020

    Breathe in, relax and take your time!

  124. Reply

    Laura Green

    August 1, 2020

    love a good filter!

  125. Reply

    Fiona Johnstone

    August 1, 2020

    Don’t have people squinting because they are facing the sun. All my childhood photos are of me with my eyes and face screwed up as my dad insisted we always faced the sun. Haimes though.

  126. Reply

    janine atkin

    August 1, 2020

    experiment with the lighting

  127. Reply

    Dorothy McDowell

    August 1, 2020

    take your time getting the right shot, it will be worth the effort

  128. Reply

    Sheena Read

    August 1, 2020

    Make sure the light levels are correct.

  129. Reply

    Beth Parsons

    August 1, 2020

    Use a tripod!

  130. Reply

    betsy ferguson

    August 1, 2020

    Be lower than the subject matter, and if there is a focal point like a person or object, don’t place them right at the center – just to the side a bit. And, the best light is very, very early in the morning x

  131. Reply

    Victoria Bazley

    August 1, 2020

    Don’t be afraid to go low or high to get the right angel. Crouching down on the floor can make all the difference.

  132. Reply

    Troy Easton

    August 1, 2020

    Using Lights behind the person stand in front to get the light, to make it brighter.

  133. Reply

    Elaine Stokes

    August 1, 2020

    good lighting, take more than one shot chose the best

  134. Reply

    Jennifer Turnbull

    August 1, 2020

    Watch photography tutorials online, youtube has loads and they are a great help.

  135. Reply

    Jennifer Turnbull

    August 1, 2020

    Watch photography tutorials online, youtube is a good source.

  136. Reply


    August 1, 2020

    Keeping your fingers/straps, etc away from the lens is a good start!

  137. Reply

    Susan Hoggett

    August 1, 2020

    natural light for good photo,s

  138. Reply

    Thomas Riley

    August 1, 2020


  139. Reply

    Denise S

    August 2, 2020

    always check the background , before this tip has lots of signposts or fences “growing out of peoples heads”

  140. Reply

    Laura Napier

    August 2, 2020

    Its all about angles and lighting!

  141. Reply

    Simon Tinsley

    August 2, 2020

    I have this one tip…let my wife do it. She’s brilliant at it and I’m awful. Know your limits!

  142. Reply

    Ruth T

    August 2, 2020

    I like to make sure there is nothing too unsightly in my photos. If I am taking a photo of my children I like an uncluttered background with good lighting and the children are always natural.

  143. Reply

    Christine Taylor

    August 2, 2020

    for me it’s alway about the lighting, makng the best use of what light you have x

  144. Reply

    Robyn Clarke

    August 2, 2020

    Keep it fun, I get the best photos of my children when they are just being themselves as opposed to me trying to direct them.

  145. Reply


    August 2, 2020

    My Son would love this, he has a real passion for photography ever since his Granddad gave him a camera last year.

  146. Reply


    August 2, 2020

    Its all about getting the right angle

  147. Reply


    August 2, 2020

    Take a camera everywhere you go and take loads of photo’s. You never know when you’ll capture that perfect moment.

  148. Reply

    Phil Bowell

    August 2, 2020

    Use a tripod

  149. Reply

    Deb Shepherd

    August 2, 2020

    Keep very still

  150. Reply

    Angela Kelly

    August 2, 2020

    My tip would be to get someone else to take the photo since I’m rubbish. My Dad is really into photography though and he’d love this.

  151. Reply

    adrian price

    August 2, 2020

    control your breathing for a steady handy

  152. Reply

    sharon martin

    August 2, 2020

    patience and waiting good light

  153. Reply

    Lucy robinson

    August 2, 2020

    I try and take photos when nobody is looking.

  154. Reply

    Amy Stevens

    August 2, 2020

    More natural if people don’t know you are taking a picture

  155. Reply

    MERYL Thomas

    August 2, 2020

    Patience and a good DSLR

  156. Reply

    Cathryn Crawshaw

    August 2, 2020

    a camera

  157. Reply

    Emma-Louise Davidson

    August 2, 2020

    I’m far from a professional photographer. My main tip for myself is to make sure my kid or dog stays still, as it’s normally them I’m taking photos of!

  158. Reply

    Janine H

    August 2, 2020

    I usually take 4 or 5 photographs of the same subject at slightly different angles then choose my favourite

  159. Reply


    August 2, 2020

    Use natural light
    And try to catch the person doing the sort of smile that lights up their eyes x

  160. Reply

    Jeanette Leighton

    August 2, 2020

    a steady hand and good lighting

  161. Reply

    Jeanet Richardson

    August 2, 2020

    Always hold your breath to help you take a steady photo in focus

  162. Reply

    Stef Acaster

    August 2, 2020

    My tip is to try taking shots from different angles

  163. Reply


    August 2, 2020

    String ‘Tripod’ –

    get a small bolt that fits the tripod screw on camera, tie a piece of string to it that reaches from your eyes to your feet and stand on the other end. This will give some stability to camera when you need it but haven’t got more solid options

  164. Reply

    Ross Leech

    August 2, 2020

    Invest in a good tripod or two.

  165. Reply

    Sarah Roberts

    August 2, 2020

    Experiment with different lens and filters to find your favourite

  166. Reply

    Jessica Hutton

    August 2, 2020

    When taking photos of animals always take loads. You will delete 99% but generally get a good one.

  167. Reply

    Adele Knight

    August 2, 2020

    Taking from unusual angles , being up high looking down is my favourite at the moment

  168. Reply


    August 2, 2020

    Use rule of thirds for good composition

  169. Reply

    Teresa Sheldon

    August 2, 2020

    Don’t rush be patient and that fantastic photo will happen

  170. Reply

    Violet Phillippo

    August 2, 2020

    We take it in turns to be the person ‘in charge’ of taking photos this helps to capture natural and fun/random photos.

  171. Reply

    Phillip James Davies

    August 2, 2020

    Take Photos from different angles / heights , not just at eye level / head height !

  172. Reply

    Darren Bourne

    August 2, 2020

    Make sure you have good lighting and a tripod.

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