Missing the Mediterranean? Us too. That’s why we’ve asked four of our favourite travel photographers how we can take better pictures on that precious post-lockdown holiday. From Rome to Lisbon, Barcelona to the Balearics, these are the feeds to follow for a dose of sunny inspiration...

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José Javier Serrano

Yosigo

Barcelona-based photographer José Javier Serrano, aka Yosigo, is best known for his playful images of mass tourism in the Mediterranean, but there are quieter moments here, too – the undulating façades of beachfront apartment blocks or shots of the swelling sea cast in moody light. His feed also features trips to Miami and Japan. @yosigo_yosigo

Yosigo’s photography tip:

‘The most important thing for a good picture is the light. You might have the most amazing place or subject to shoot, but without the right light, it’s always going to look ordinary. Equally, somewhere not obviously special can be transformed by good light. It all depends on what you want to shoot – the golden hour is amazing for interiors, while a hard light works well for beach pictures.’

travel photography tips
José Javier Serrano
travel photography tips
José Javier Serrano


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Cecilia Renard

Cecilia Renard

Born in Menorca and now based in Mallorca, Cecilia Renard knows how to get the best from the Balearics. She documents both islands with the eye of a native, from sweeping coves to doorways and dream-like snapshots of washing moving with the breeze. Take inspiration from trips to Mexico, Cuba and Argentina, too. @cecilia_renard

Cecilia’s photography tip:

‘One of the best tools for capturing unique moments along the way is to enjoy the act itself. After visiting many places, and struggling to plan what to see there, when to go and what should I shoot, I realised that it’s important to let go and enjoy the beauty of travelling. To relax and capture those small details that stand in front of your camera without looking for them – the extraordinary of the everyday and the ordinary life of each country.’

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Cecilia Renard
travel photography tips
Cecilia Renard

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Ryan Neeven

Ryan Neeven

Capturing Italy at its most cinematic, from rows of colourful houses in Burano to dramatic shots of the Dolomites, Neeven also has an instinct for framing everyday life with warmth and wit: ‘I love catching moments of older Italians, who dress impeccably even if they’re taking out the garbage.@neevenr

Ryan’s photography tip:

‘As much as I hate the cliche of ‘off the beaten path’, I’m always trying to find those areas that people don’t usually explore. You don’t want to get too lost, but lost enough that you become super aware of your surroundings. You’ll notice things that you wouldn’t have if you were walking the same tourist route over and over. I love to capture architecture in unique ways – I find myself particularly drawn to doors.’

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Ryan Neeven
travel photography tips
Ryan Neeven

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Marta Ferreira

Marta Ferreira

Consider the spare compositions Ferreira frames in her Lisbon hometown and it comes as no surprise that she’s a graphic designer by trade. Her striking shots of architecture, sand dunes, fields and lone figures are characterised by stillness and space: ‘They show more of myself than any selfie could ever do.’ @martanferreira

Marta’s photography tip:

‘When you have limited time, you want to see as much as possible – the main attractions, best spots, local traditions... By all means do your homework and research tips and tricks before you go, but avoid fully booked days. Unstructured hours enable you to see more than just the highlights and always lead to unplanned adventures. Let the places you photograph dictate the mood of the image and not the other way around.’

travel photography tips
Marta Ferreira
travel photography tips
Marta Ferreira