Whether you’re hoping to capture the essence of another culture or the sublime expanse of an African savanna, Virtuoso travel advisors share their trip-tested secrets for getting that perfect shot.

“Have your camera ready at all times and always take multiple pictures. The beauty of the digital age is that we can easily delete what we don’t want and keep only the best photographs.”
– Annette Sordoni, travel advisor, Sherman Oaks, California

Please Take These to My Room. Paris. (Photo: Annette Sordoni)

“For sweeping, wide-angle shots of the savanna, a 14mm to 24mm lens is ideal. For wildlife, the longer the lens, the better: I’d recommend a zoom that extends to at least 300mm. And remember: The most dramatic photos occur early in the morning and in late afternoon. Try to avoid a midday session, as the light will be flat.”
– Rocio Zamora, travel advisor, Lima, Peru

Leopard at Sunset. Botswana. (Photo: Rocio Zamora)

“Select a camera with a dedicated housing, along with two types of lenses: a wide-angle and a macro. For wide-angle photos, shoot with ambient light, angling your lens up toward the surface on sunny days for best results. For macro shots, a strobe is a necessity. You’ll be taking pictures of tiny subjects, often under ledges or in holes, so you’ll also want an extender to position the strobe above your subject.”
– Ryan Dandy, travel advisor, Garden Grove, California

Pygmy Seahorses. Indonesia. (Photo: Ryan Dandy)

“Before traveling to a destination, always read up on the culture to be aware of any sensitivity toward photos. Smiling is universally understood – if you ask to take someone’s picture with respect and kindness, people will tend to respond favorably. Take time to engage with your subjects too. It will show in your photographs.”
– Sekita Ekrek, travel advisor, New York City

Women at the Grand Mosque. Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Sekita Ekrek)

“Strive to capture unexpected scenes, focusing your attention on small details found around the typical shot. And remember: There’s no perfect place for great pictures; every corner of this world has something special if you keep your eyes open.”
– Andrea González, travel advisor, Mexico City

Marlboro Country. Wyoming. (Photo: Andrea González)