Consider these tips for taking photos on your next vacation! Take photos that you can proudly display in wall galleries or individually spread throughout your home.
Travel Photography - Photography Tips
1. Research your destination’s best views and local attractions
2. Think about where in your home you would want to hang individual photos or where you would want to create a wall gallery.
3. Try an interesting or unusual angle. Go for higher ground and shoot from above, or crouch down to shoot from below to make the shot more interesting.
4. Get close up shots to reveal interesting details and composition.
5. Shoot your subject off center. Try the “rule of thirds” and place the main subject approximately one third away from the center of the photograph. This will capture interesting background objects as well as the person you are with.
6. Shoot a series of like shots (high to low, vertical, off center, off focus) for a wall gallery or hall display.
7. Frame your subject. Find scenery or objects that cast a frame around the person or subject you are trying to capture.
8. Take photographs immediately before or after sunset when the colors are most intense.
9. Show scale by placing something smaller in the foreground.
10. Consider background action and how it will affect your subject. Make sure any unwanted objects are not in the picture (cars, garbage cans, poles, people making weird faces or distracting from the main subject).
11. Look for opportunities to take funny photos.
12. Don’t do the same pose every time. We all take photos in front of locations to show we were there. Mix it up!
13. Don’t forget to take pictures with yourself in it.
14. Look for scenes that represent the culture of your destination (people, vendors, streets, architecture, landmarks).
15. Look for lines that lead your eyes through the picture.
16. Play with camera modes. If you want to make a person stand out from the background, use “portrait” mode. This will reduce depth of field and make objects further away from the subject blurry. If you want to create depth of field, try using “landscape” mode.
17. “Stitch” your photos together. Sometimes a scene is too big to capture in one shot. Take several overlapping photos and then put them together on your computer at home.
18. Take advantage of the focus feature. When you press the shutter half way, the viewer will display boxes over people’s faces or over subjects it finds in the scene. Use this feature to ensure that your camera is focusing on what you want.
19. Use the flash in outdoor shots. If there is bright light behind your subject, the camera will think that the whole scene is bright. As a result, the camera will darken the picture to overcompensate. Using flash will balance the exposure.
20. Turn off the flash when you want to capture natural lighting. Dawn and dusk can produce brilliant colors, which the flash can ruin.
21. After taking a picture in color, try taking it in black and white. You will be surprised at some of the things that stand out in black and white and not in color.
22. The histogram is a horizontal bar graph that illustrates the dark and light tones in the picture. Vertical lines to the left demonstrate the dark tones, and vertical lines to the right demonstrate light tones. If the lines are running off the page, your photo may be under or over exposed.
23. Learn to choose proper settings for different lighting conditions. White balance is different in daylight than it is in indoor lighting. Choosing “Auto” is a missed opportunity in some cases. Play with settings like “daylight,” “cloudy,” “shade,” or “fluorescent.”
24. Look at pictures right after taking them and make sure you got the shot you wanted. You can always redo a picture on the spot, but you can’t always travel back and shoot again.
Travel Photography - Photography Tips