Best camera settings for travel photography
Use these camera settings and editing tricks to take travel photos that will wow everyone when you get back home.
Everybody loves taking photos while traveling, but you can’t always anticipate where and when you’ll pull out your camera. That’s why there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to travel photography. But if you keep a few guidelines in mind, you’ll learn to pick the perfect camera settings.
Keep your ISO low — if you can.
Set your ISO setting as low as possible to keep your photos from becoming grainy. But if you find yourself in, say, a dimly lit restaurant, you’ll have to increase it. It’s a safe choice to set your ISO to automatic until you need to adjust it.
Set the aperture based on the scene.
Your aperture settings depend on the subject. If you’re taking a detail shot of an exotic dish or a close-up portrait, use a wide aperture (f/5 or lower) to focus on the subject. But when taking a photo of a gorgeous view or building, set your aperture to a narrower setting to capture the whole scene.
Use a fast shutter speed.
You’ll usually shoot with your camera in your hands when traveling, so keep your shutter speed as fast as possible to prevent shakiness. You can try a slower shutter if you can support your camera and the subject isn’t going to move — for example, when photographing a mountain.
Set the white balance to automatic.
Modern cameras are pretty good at automatically determining the right white balance setting. It’s usually best to just get the photo and fix white balance issues in post-processing.
Get a mobile photo editor.
To edit your shots on the go, you’ll want a photo editor that works on any device. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom supports both mobile and desktop platforms. Plus, you can use presets or manually edit your photos on a mobile phone or tablet while you’re traveling.