A travel photographer reveals the one thing you should do to take unforgettable travel pictures

outsideboxx/InstagramKarolina Valeikaite.

The INSIDER Summary:

• Karolina Valeikaite is a photographer who quit her job in media to travel the world.
• Her number one tip for taking amazing travel photos is simple: look around.
• Don’t go for the easy tourist shot — walk around and try different angles.

Karolina Valeikaite studied photography at Middlesex University in London. She thought she might go into fashion, but she decided to quit her media job and travel the world with her boyfriend, instead.

Scroll through her Instagram account and you’ll find a breathtaking collection of purple sunsets, white sands, and mouthwatering food.

What’s her secret to getting such gorgeous pictures?

While Valeikaite says that proper lighting and camera lenses play a part, the most important thing to do when photographing a beautiful setting is to walk around it to find the best angles.

“Sometimes you need to just study the environment, walk around,” she said. “I think the most important thing is to look around. So many times I see people just taking pictures like, ‘Oh, I like how it looks’…but I think it’s important to see all the different angles, because maybe from another point it would look much better.”

It’s easy to go for the most obvious, touristy shot while exploring a destination, but taking a bit of extra time to look around could reveal an entirely new way to see a place.

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