How to Shoot Roads in Photography

What WayWhat do you have in mind when taking pictures on a highway? Maybe the road signs. Yes, it’s a good idea but here I’m not talking about that.
Road construction requires the creation of a continuous right-of-way, overcoming geographic obstacles and having grades low enough to permit vehicle or foot travel. This means you will find interesting sinuous shapes of roads.

Notice that in most of the cases the road should be free of cars and walkers. Two exceptions are noticeable: the pictures depicting intense city traffic and the night roads when a car leaves behind a rail of light.

As for the composition, it’s always a good idea to start the road from a corner of the picture up to the middle or the other corner. In most of the cases it will appear larger in the starting corner and thinner at the end. However, sometimes, when symmetry allows, you can start and end your road line in the middle of the picture.

As I said many times before, following the weather helps a lot: fog or rain give special effects, and, in the case of train rails, sunrise is also creating a mystical atmosphere.

Tip 1 Forest Road

Tip 2 City Road

Tip 3 Mountain Road

Tip 4 Desert Road

Tip 5 Night Road

Tip 6 Train Rails



I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

20 thoughts on “How to Shoot Roads in Photography

  1. Hi ,
    Thx for the information given in your blog.
    I am a starter in photography and will be a regular @ ur blog for more tips and tricks.
    Keep up the good work!!!!

  2. I was on a road trip to the west last summer (7500 miles) so I took tons of pictures from the car. There are couple of technical moments. Use high shutter speed, especially when shooting to the side to avoid motion blur (unless you want it) and handshake. A lot of interesting shots can be taken directly through the winshield. Just make sure there are no big reflections (remove light objects like maps from the dashboard). A polariser will also help. Having a clear wildshield can be a key(something for you to do while pumping gas). Also, having a camera with rotating viewfinder (like Coolpix 5000) makes it possible to stick the camera from the window and take pictures into different directions. Just make sure you are not the one driving. It will not work with SRL though.
    And, generally, shoot a lot. Shoot through the window, shoot in any angle. Setting a tripod and taking a really nice shot would be nice, but there are just too many opportunities while driving. Look for elevations. Look for morning and evening light. And don’t forget to enjoy the trip.

    Here are some pictures from my trip:

  3. my favorite way to photograph roads is from the air in my paraglider I have photos on Picassweb and Flickr and SmugMug search for tandem paragliding or paraglide tandem or Free Spirit Paragliding. Thanks for sharing your info on roads

  4. Wow, that’s cool. I’ve noticed that aerial photography becomes more and more interesting for a larger number of shooters who want to be, or make, something special, something different than the traditional photographic art.

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