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Perfection On The Move

We often take most of our photographs when we are traveling, especially abroad. However, the term ‘travel photography’ is probably a misnomer as you can take all types of photography (wildlife, cityscape, landscape, action) when you travel.

Ideally you need a good all-round lens that will help you capture images in most circumstances. You are most likely going abroad to experience different cultures and want to cover a few different styles of photography such as landscape and portrait. A lightweight, varied and versatile lens or two is probably what you need to cope with most situations. Some products mentioned below are in Cashback. To find out more click here.

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This page will act as a short guide on what to think about when taking Travel photography and our recommendations on ideal Canon Camera bodies and lenses to choose whether your new to the genre, an experience enthusiast or a professional. At the bottom of the page you will also find some useful hints and tips.

Don't Compromise

All great photography is a combination of skill and luck matched with speed and precision; where accuracy and every second often counts in capturing that perfect shot.

Compatibility: EOS cameras and EF lenses work together for the very best results. EF lens mounts connect the lenses electronically enabling highly accurate real time data transfer. Only genuine Canon lenses on Canon cameras gives you optimum performance in both speed of autofocus and image quality.

Reliability: Canon lenses are built with outstanding optics that keep colours accurate and contrast high for best in colour reproduction and highly detailed images. The specially developed coating on Canon lenses resists smudging and reduces lens flair when shooting in bright sunlight.

Getting Started

The majority of our photos are taken when we are travelling on holiday, whether at home or abroad, and we take all types of photographs such as wildlife, cityscapes, landscapes and portraits. So, picking the type of lens you’ll need for the majority of photos you’re going to take is a key consideration.


There are some great all-round lenses that will capture the vast majority of what you want, and a lightweight, varied and versatile lens will cover most situations. The EF-S 18-135mm f/.3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is ideal as it enables you to take panoramic landscapes, intimate city and portrait images, plus has a good 135mm zoom reach, without having to change you lens.

It can capture a broad range of subjects due to its wide focal 18-135mm reach. At its shortest focal length 18mm, you can the capture expanses of landscapes. At the opposite end up to 135mm, you can get closer to action with its telephoto capabilities and high speed autofocus.

It will deliver sweeping views wherever you find them, such as hillsides and seascapes, city landmarks and urban landscapes. However, it’s also perfect for portrait shots, capturing expressions on the faces of friends and family, ideal for when you are experiencing amazing local festivals, events or parties on your travels.

Its compact, lightweight design makes it a lens perfect for travelling without compromising on quality delivering excellent colour and contrast reproduction. The UD and aspherical lens elements reduce chromatic aberration throughout its expansive focal range for both movies and photos.

Advanced and Pro Users

EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM is a fast L-series telephoto with advanced optical engineering, perfect for creative photography. It delivers clear, sharp images full of contrast and colour with razor sharp detail, ideal for high-resolution sensors. Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps supress internal ghosting and flare while a large f/1.4 aperture produces a shallow depth of field.

A fast aperture of f/1.4 allows precise focusing and faster shutter speeds even in low light. The shallow depth-of-field afforded by a wide maximum aperture gives pleasing bokeh, adding extra depth to portraits.

Challenging light can make or break a good picture. The 4-stops of image stabilisation will help negate camera shake and give photographers and filmmakers working in difficult shooting conditions an added advantage, just when you need it most.

A Winning Combination

If you’re looking for a camera body too, check out the 24.2MP EOS 800D. It can shoot up to 6 frames per second bursts, ideal for capturing fast-moving subjects on the move or in the air, such as a bird in flight across a landscape shot or a festival parade. A generous 45 Auto focus points, a favourite feature with photographers, is particularly useful for focus tracking a subject in motion.

Combined with the lightweight, varied and versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/.3.5-5.6 IS USM lens that covers most shooting situations – they make the perfect travel companion.

Travel photography Hints & Tips

Tell a story: Remember the story starts at home, with packing your suitcases. Recording out of the taxi window as you speed towards your villa can make your images more interesting and tell the story of the locations you have visited.

Different angles: Use a mixture of portrait and landscape styles to create interesting images and don’t forget you can hold the camera above your head or low to the ground as well.

Fill the frame: Think about what’s important and interesting and make sure you fill the frame with it.

Final shot: Find a fitting close to your images such as the sunset over your favourite beach or in the taxi back to the airport will help to finish the story.

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