Travel Photography Tips for Beginners: How to Take Better Photos with Your Phone!


Hey there, it’s Mike Swigunski here and I’m the founder of global career and best-selling author of Global Career: How to Work Anywhere and Travel Forever.

Today I’ve got a really exciting video and one of my favorite topics to talk about is travel photography. I’m going to be explaining some of my favorite tips that I’ve picked up over the years from taking thousands and thousands of photos that have been viewed by millions of people, so you’re going to want to stick around to the end because I’m also going to be sharing my favorite photography apps that you can download for absolutely free today so let’s go ahead and dig right into my top travel photography tips for beginners, and we’re getting started right now.


So just a bit more background, if you haven’t gone ahead and followed me on Instagram, you can find the link below. It’ll be swig meets world. I share some of my favorite travel photography photos on there. I also share many great photos on my Unsplash, and I’ll share that information towards the end. Still, you’ll be able to access my photo library use them for wallpapers or anything else you want to use royalty-free, so if you want to use them on your website, if you want to use them in your youtube videos, feel free to use those and I’ll make sure I put all this information in the description below so let’s go ahead and start off with my number one tip.


I think many people misunderstand this about photography because you have to take a lot of photos. Most photographers go out and take hundreds of photoshoot I think the big misconception is that people don’t really see the behind the scenes. They don’t see what their actual workflow is like. Still, a lot of times when I was going out and shooting, I used to do photoshoots for magazines. I would take 500-600 photos over multiple different days at different times of the day depending on how the sunlight was and how the weather was, so there’s a lot of different factors. Still, at the end of the day, you’re going to have to take hundreds of different photos, and then out of those hundreds, kind of narrow it down to your top five or top ten lists and then choose those for editing, and that really brings us on to our next tip. 

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Capturing the perfect photo is about sixty percent of the battle, and the rest of it is coming down to the editing. Hence, a lot of people really misunderstand this. You have to have a really good foundation to edit on but getting the perfect photo is only part of the battle so making sure that you’re using the right editing tools. Towards the end, here I’ll share some of my favorite tools and software that you can edit your photos to make them look a lot better for free.


Tip number two is to make sure you go ahead and actually spend some time editing and tweaking the photo to make sure that it looks as good as it was in person. Moving in at tip number three is understanding the sun. You need to figure out the best times of the day to go out and shoot photos. They don’t really think too much about the sun. Still, it’s a lot easier to get great photos during a magic hour or during golden hour, and that’s usually an hour around sunset or sunrise, so make sure you’re timing it right. Some cool apps show you what is the best time to go to a certain location to capture the best photos so getting up early for sunrise or staying around for the sunset in addition to just being a beautiful experience, your photos will turn out a lot better if you take that trip.


So moving on to one of my last tips is to be practical with your photography gear. I know a lot of people watching this video just want to take better photos with their phones. Honestly, nine times out of ten, I’m going to be taking photos with my iPhone or with my DJI Mavic mini so with my drone, both of those are really compact. They’re really easy to bring anywhere I go if I want to just put everything my drone into a backpack it’s really small it’s actually about the same size as an iPhone, but it’s a little bit thicker.

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Having some photography items that will be practical, and again, you can check out all of my photos on swig meets world on Instagram. You can see firsthand the power of taking photos with your iPhone or with a drone you can take great photos. Still, it’s going to come down to a lot of different factors, and moving on to my last and final advice is to make sure you’re utilizing the best apps for photography I like utilizing an app called lightroom they have a free app on iOS and on android which you can utilize it really does a great job of giving you some more advanced features to really make sure your photos are looking as good as they did in person.


One of the other things I also love is just the native app on iPhone. There’s a lot of different modes and figuring out which mode is the best utilizing the portrait mode if you’re taking photos of a person and blurring the background taking a wide-angle when you have a huge landscape, or you’re in a cityscape, there’s going to be certain scenarios that work better for each of those modes so trying to figure out which one fits the scenario and making sure you’re utilizing all of these different options that you have on your camera are going to be essential so if you made it this far please consider liking this video let me know what is your favorite photography tip in the comments below and again if you haven’t subscribed yet I’m releasing two new videos every week so I appreciate you subscribing, and all of your support take care and have a wonderful day.

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