How to Take the Best Photos on Your Cycling Holiday


How to Take the Best Photos on Your Cycling Holiday

People who often go on cycling holidays always love taking plenty of photos on their travels. Why? Because cycling holiday locations, like the amazing European destinations offered by Freewheel Holidays, offer some of the most breathtaking views in the entire world.

But taking photos on a cycling holiday presents a bit of a conundrum: What’s the best way to take the best photos on a cycling holiday? 

With that many camera and shooting options available nowadays, it can be a little difficult to make up your mind. But it all comes down to how much you’re willing to carry with you and how much time and effort you want to put into your pictures.

But if we’re talking about THE BEST photos, there are a few things you’ll need to bring with you on your cycling adventures…

A good quality camera

As high spec and convenient as phones are these days, they aren’t the best option if you’re looking to take professional-looking snaps on your cycling holiday.

To do this, you’ll need a DSLR or similar camera. ‘Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras’ are widely used by amateurs and pros to capture stunning shots. They often have a higher megapixel count and better customization potions than phones, as well as multiple lenses to try out.

Speaking of which…

Lens choice

While there are plenty of lens options out there to choose from, those on a cycling holiday will mostly benefit from the use of a wide-angle lens that’s compatible with their brand of camera.

Generally speaking, anything less than 23mm would be ideal for taking wide-angle shots of hills, mountain ranges, and so on. However, if you want to make the most of your scenery and still be able to ‘push in’ on shots a little, you could always go with something with a little more reach, like an 18-70mm lens.


Let’s get this out of the way quickly… Many travel photographers live and die by the notion that you NEED a tripod to take the very best nature and scenery photos.

But this isn’t true. Sure, they help in that they have the ability to keep your camera steady, allowing you to better frame your shot. But you can still frame a shot just as well with your own hands by taking the time to look through the viewfinder.

Having said that, tripods do allow users to take photos at lower shutter speeds, allowing more light into your lens. In a nutshell, if you’re willing to take the time to frame up your shots and carry a tripod with you wherever you go, they can come in handy.

If not, and you prefer convenience, simply keep your camera in your bag and take your shots freehand. Just be sure to keep your shutter speed relatively high (1/60 at least) to avoid blurry shots.

Remember to frame

If you’ve stumbled across one of the most awe-inspiring scenes your eyes have ever laid eyes on, don’t waste it by taking a hasty shot.

Take your time and frame your shot correctly for the most aesthetically pleasing image possible.

Take into consideration things like symmetry, shadows, depth of field, and so on. By putting in that little extra time and energy, you’re guaranteed to have a whole heap of spectacular-looking shots to show off to your friends when you get home.


We can’t wait to show you some views and scenery you’ll be dying to take a photo of! To take a look at what Freewheel Holidays has to offer in the cycling holiday world, click the link here or call 0161 703 8161 and let’s find the perfect photogenic cycling holiday for you.