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Travel Photography Tips For Beginners: Room For Travel Hangout On Air

The Room For Travel bloggers got together and had a Live Hangout about great travel photography tips for beginners. We recorded our Hangout On Air while we talked about what you need to know about travel photography; what camera to buy, what camera equipment is best for travel, and how to take the best photos in different situations.

You can skip straight to specific travel photography topics from the Hangout, by clicking on the timecode of each topic in the summary below. Make sure you subscribe to Room For Travel to hear more travel advice from us as we journey around the world.

In this episode of Room For Travel, your hosts are Alexander Koval from, Ash Clark from, Flavio Alagia from, and Peter Parkorr from

Alex is a pro photographer, and Peter and Ash also have a lot of photography experience to share. Flavio, as usual, is busy enough trying to figure out why the others keep inviting him to hangouts, but does his best to change their mind by almost blowing the whole meeting. 🙂

Summary of our travel photography advice;

00:54 Blogger introductions
01:42 What camera should you use
01:55 Alex – Pentax K5 and Fuji x1
03:50 Ash – Nikon D90, Nikon Coolpix point&shoot, GoPro, iPhone
04:50 Peter – Panasonic GH2, Sony A380 and Samsung Galaxy S2
06:25 Do you need a professional camera to take good photos?
08:10 Flavio asks: Do better cameras take better pictures?
09:10 Alex on the advantages of paying more for a camera
09:28 There’s more to photography than the camera. An introduction to photography composition.
09:50 Peter explains what composition is
10:40 Introducing the first basic concept for amateur photography: Thinking about Light
12:23 Alex explains a typical day as a professional photographer
13:38 ASh talks about the importance of composition and how to improve your travel photographs by thinking about it
16:36 Alex talks about composition and how to position your camera to get better shots, with some examples from his photos
21:10 Ash introduces the concept of Leading Lines in photography, with examples from Peter and Ash
25:32 Thinking about one of the golden rules of photography – The Rule Of Thirds
27:28 Looking after your camera equipment when you travel
27:55 Peter shows his photography accessories and why he uses them
29:00 The best cheap photography accessory: a pacsafe anti-theft strap
30:15 Alex talks about the importance of having backup equipment and a second lens if you plan a big trip
32:35 Ash names his favourite place for cool photography in Berlin
34:47 Ash talks about editing photographs, sharing an example where he removed distracting background colours and converted the picture to black and white to emphasize the subject
38:15 Alex uses an example to illustrate how focussing on a single subject can create more powerful photography
39:25 Peter shows an example of the Rule of Thirds
40:18 An example explaining how Depth of Field affects a photograph
41:09 Photo editing software and how to approach editing photos
42:11 Alex asks: How do you decide what you want an edited photo to look like
43:25 Alex explains how he edits his photographs
45:00 We wrap up, and invite your questions!

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