When you’re on vacation, you usually want a memento or two to keep for years to come. A photo is the perfect item because you don’t have to declare it at customs and you don’t need an extra suitcase to carry it. Then when you get home and have time, you can compile all the photos into something special.
Obviously, when you travel, you might take photos of your family or traveling partner or just the scenery or landscape you wish to remember. Traveling also gives you the opportunity to try out your newly-learned tips. I admit, it is difficult to get the right shot when it comes to landscapes and what I would call postcard photos, but let’s take a look at my tips for better travel photos and you should be on your way to shooting some amazing stuff.
#1 – Fill the Frame:
For some unknown reason, when we received a camera as a child, the first thing we were taught is to center the subject and shoot. This is kind of odd when you think about it. Logically, it means that the person or landmark would be very lonely in the picture and very small. You want your subject to overtake the frame. It should fill the pic from left to right. And no, things do not have to be perfectly dead-center.
Sometimes, professional photographers will talk about dividing your frame in thirds. It helps to visualize what the story is being told and the subject can be closer to the right.
#2 – Accentuate the Person:
If the person is the focus of the photo, be sure to emphasize them first and then check the background after. Don’t use a bunch of props that clutter the scenery. Get the person lined up taking most of the frame and then look at the background and make sure it works. You don’t want the background taking over the frame.
#3 – Use the Zoom:
It is amazing how you can capture something really neat by using the zoom feature or lens. Think of it … you have one scene in front of you, yet when you zoom in and out, you have hundreds of different pics. Almost anything within each zoom can become the subject.
#4 – You Decide What Happens:
Often, when you take a photo of someone, they start arranging things to make their idea of a great photo. The problem is someone’s purse or shopping bag gets in the way. Take control of the shot. Tell the others the problems you see in the photo. Of course, don’t be nasty … keep things upbeat and enjoy yourself.
#5 – Turn Your Camera Around:
You don’t have to use the camera in the same position every time. Just because the writing on the camera is one way, it doesn’t mean that is how you use the camera. Take landscape length photos or turn your camera kitty-corner to get another unique view.
Tourist attractions and famous landmarks all have gift stores. Instead of taking a photo, you might do better with a postcard. But, I am absolutely not saying to avoid taking pics.
What I am trying to pass on is that you can make something else your focus. In other words, don’t stand there trying to get the best shot of the attraction. Get your pet in the photo and make it a fun pic. Or, choose a segment of the landmark and focus on a specific area or feature. Be creative.
This video has been presented by Digital Trends and Toshiba, but Hudson Henry, a professional photographer who has worked for National Geographic and the New York Times, gives us his best tips for traveling pics. Take a look. It’s only a couple minutes long.