Capture Better Travel Photos


Beautiful sunset while waiting on planed

This stunning sunset was a nice end to our trip to Chicago.

I wanted to share a recent article about “How to Take Better Travel Photos,” featured in the Wall Street Journal.

“These days, I approach travel photography as if I were making a shot list for a documentary film.”

The author makes a great point in trying to capture images that complete the story of your individual travel adventure — rather than photographing the quintessential and/or iconic photograph of the location. With instagram, many people are now documenting more of their personal experiences.

The best part of the article is the advice for capturing a sense of place, from Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, who are contributing photographers to National Geographic. Here are some of the key points below:

  • Photograph experiences rather than landmarks.
  • Wait and see.
  • Use the flash wisely.
  • Go incognito easily.
  • Be engaged.

The sunset below was taken from the airplane, when my husband and I were returning from a trip to Chicago. The image reminds me a little bit of a Rothko, and it always reminds me of the end of one of our favorite vacations to Chicago.