12 Travel Photography Mistakes to Avoid

Humans are increasingly intent on documenting our lives photographically, and many of these photos that get taken are pretty good.

A glance at the high-quality images found on Instagram or Flickr is proof that you don’t need pro credentials or expensive equipment to take compelling photos of the world. My sister-in-law has a simple point-and-shoot, but she also has enthusiasm and a really good eye, and her photos are great—funny, touching and enduring. What more could you want?

If the pictures you take on the road don’t quite live up to that standard, you may be making some of the following common travel photography mistakes. Avoid these, and you’ll take more than your share of travel photos worth keeping.

Bringing Too Much Equipment

After a recent trek to Shi Shi Beach, Washington, on which my heavy DSLR equipment got banged around on sea stacks, doused by waves and infiltrated by sand, I purchased a small, waterproof point-and-shoot that offers 16 megapixels and weighs 8.7 ounces. The little camera has been a blast to have around in many ways.

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