Have you ever returned from paradise with hundreds of pictures that don’t seem to do it justice?
Maybe these 5 tips on taking better photos will help paint the picture for your friends and better represent the experiences you had while traveling.
#1: Frame Your Photos: A clever way to give interest to your photos is to frame your shots in various shapes, through overhanging branches, through windows, arches, or doorways. The following photo is a memorable shot I took in Venice as we were walking through the Bridge of Sighs.
#2: Use the Rule of Thirds: Do not try to center the point of interest in all of your photos. Simply divide the screen into 3 equal parts, either horizontally or vertically. Try to position parts of the photo in each different section. You can also divide the screen into 3 parts horizontally and vertically, like a Tic Tac Toe grid, placing the main subjects at the points of intersection of the lines. I did not know about the Rule of Thirds when I captured this beautiful sunset….I just got lucky!
#3: Take Vertical Shots: Do not be afraid to turn your camera or smart phone on its side to take vertical photos. Taking vertical shots not only enhances the beauty and magnitude of certain objects, it gives your photo library varieity. The vertical shot of the Eiffel Tower at night from the Bateau Mouche, the highlight of my trip to Paris, displays the unparalled beauty of the iconic structure. Although I did not execute the Rule of Thirds, this photo of the Eiffel Tower definitely reminds me of that unforgettable evening in Paris!
#4: Turn Off Your Flash: Most cameras and smart phones have an auto flash. Turn it off, and only turn it on if the light is very low. Pay attention to your lighting, and try to be in the best lit areas. Sunrise and sunset are amazing times to capture breathtaking photos. If the sun is too bright, move into some shade, but make sure there are no shadows. I obviously did not need my flash for the selfie I took on the Bridge of Locks in Saltzburg, Austria!
#5: Photograph People: Don’t come home with hundreds of photos of landscapes and cityscapes! Take photos of those with whom you are traveling! These photos will be reminders of the travel experiences you have had, as well as the bonds that were formed or strengthened while traveling. This shot of the luxury car
We hope you find these tips useful on your next adventure! Photographers, start your clicking! in Monte Carlo would not have been as meaningful without the friends that we explored with that day, and I mean explored. Dan said we walked 20 miles! After walking the “20 miles,” we hopped a train to Nice at 4pm, just because!
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