I recently printed a couple travel photo books with Artifact Uprising about trips that happened over 10 years ago. I didn’t have any journaling or stories written down for either trip, just a small stack of not great prints (this was before I had a digital camera). I realized as I was putting them together that I wanted to do things differently in the future. These are my tips for taking photos for a travel photo book.
Planning Your Travel Photo Books
Think about what you want your printed photo book to look like before you go so you can anticipate what photos you want to take. Here are four general ideas about how to plan your travel photographs.
- Take a photo of the name of the place. If the trip involves many different buildings like museums, castles, etc, it’s easy for the photos to blur together and to forget which photo is from which location. Before taking a bunch of photos at each location, take a photo of the name of the building or location. Or write the name of the place and take a photo of that.
- Take one photo near and one photo far. Take a full shot of the building and a close up of some details. (In the photo book, I would put the full building on one page and the close-up shot on the facing page).
- Take several group shots to get at least one. In the photo book, include the ages of each person. Or some detail like what each person liked best.
- Take more photos than you think you’ll want. My photos were taken before I had a digital camera or smart phone, so I have far fewer photos because of the cost of taking using a film camera.
Ideas for Travel Photos
Here are some ideas of specific things to photograph on your trip.
- Road signs
- Your feet on a path
- Cash, especially if the currency is different from your own
- Greenspace or nature scenes
- Your suitcase before and after
- Ads in buses/billboards/subway
- Guidebooks you used
- Similar pose or object each day, like a gnome
- When you ask someone to take photos of you in front of monuments or scenic views, also take the same photo without you (you may want the photo without the person)
- Take photos of gifts you bought for people at home
- Get photos from people you’re traveling with
- Memorabilia. This is an especially good idea for things like receipts that are not archival safe and can fade over time.