Capturing those special travel moments perfectly can be an elusive enterprise.
Cameras and the art of photography have certainly come a long way since the days of black and white photos and the cliché tourist vacation albums.
The most advanced cameras can be overwhelming with all of their setting options, lenses, and lighting tools.
But what about travelers with simply a point-and-shoot digital camera, or a smart phone?
Here are just a few photography tips to shed light on frame-worthy photos:
1. Tell a story. Make an effort to feature the place, people, and things in your photo to lead the viewer’s eye around. For example, the photo on the left not only captures the ocean and coastline in the radiant amber sunset, but also includes the sailboat and many interesting features aboard the vessel, as well as the silhouette of a beautiful sailor adjusting the mast lines and holding a sun hat. Great photos have great composition.
2. Get closer. Avoid digital zooming whenever possible. Physically get closer to the subject, because backgrounds can be too distracting if the subject is too far away. But don’t get too close, as that may lead to distortion.
3. Get in the action yourself. Capturing engaging photos starts with including yourself, not setting yourself apart from what is going on. Viewers don’t want to see photos reminiscent of lab results – they want to feel like they are right there with the subject and a part of the scene themselves. A lot of times candid photos while engaging with people doing something turn out better than the stereotypical posed shots.
4. Lighting. You can get better quality outdoor photos by utilizing natural lighting at sunrise and sunset for lower contrast and pastel color vibrancy when the sun is near the horizon. There also tends to be fewer crowds at major attractions to obstruct your frame line. You can turn a mundane scene into something magical if you time it just right.
5. Expect the unexpected. Part of traveling is knowing that you may not have control over everything that happens. Transportation delays, bad weather, closed attractions, etc. Learn to improvise and make the most of circumstances. Are there interesting indoor locations and things to do? Have you talked to the locals to find out their favorite hot spots? Going off the beaten path of your plans can lead to more interesting opportunities. Being flexible and creative will make your trip and photography much more enjoyable.
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