There are so many factors that can affect your photos – and odds are that circumstances are rarely going to be ‘ideal’ when you’re on vacation. In fact, with the right technique you can overcome most of the challenges that you may face, and should see an improvement in your photos. Today we offer to your attention 5 simple tips to take better travel photos.
- Snap Photos When the Light is Just Right
Learning how to use light effectively is an important step for every photographer; nothing replaces understanding how light works and how to use it. Working with natural light is not so simple; there are many aspects that need to be understood in order to avoid mistakes. It is important to know that you should not take photos before dawn or after sunset, because at this time there is very poor lighting. It’s better to take photos before dusk or after dawn. As a result, light is scattered and evenly distributed throughout your object. Therefore you get great photos.
- Keep the Camera as Steady as Possible
The very first thing to do is learn how to hold the camera correctly. First, teach yourself to stand steadily. You should hold the camera with two hands and hold your elbows on the sides. Another option that you may want to consider is making sure you have a travel tripod, that is portable, and can be set up quickly. With it, you can make great photos without much effort.
- Start Using the Rule of Thirds
The “rule of thirds” is an important technique in photography that can be applied in any scene to improve the composition and balance of the image. It is important to understand how the “rule of thirds” is applied in different directions of a photograph in order to take more interesting and harmonious pictures. To do this, you need to enable the grid function that is present in most cameras. Position the subject and other elements using the gridlines and intersection points. Think about what elements of the photo are most important, and try to position them at or near the lines and intersections of the grid.
If you are positioning elements using the three by three grid the subject will be slightly off-center which will make it look more compelling.
- Find Unique Perspectives
A lot of beginners snap photos from a single perspective – head-on and at eye-level. If you want your photos to stand out, mix it up a little and find unique perspectives that show the subject or scenery in a different way.
You can position your camera near ground-level, or snap ‘overhead’ shots. Experiment with different angles, and snap a few shots from each angle.
- Try to Photograph People in Candid Situations
If you want your vacation photos to look more unique, try to photograph people during candid moments.
Unlike posed photos, candid photos have the potential to carry a lot more emotional weight. That gives them the ability to be far more compelling than posed photos.
Snapping candid photos of people requires patience, a good eye, and quick reactions. Keep your camera on a strap around your neck, and you’ll be able to grab it and capture a candid moment much more quickly.
These tips may seem very simple to you, but with the help of them, you can make wonderful photos. The main thing is not to be afraid and experiment more.