Travel Photography Tips
Today, everyone has a camera of some sort and everyone is a photographer of some kind. But you don’t have to drop tons of cash on the latest gear and photo gadgets, to get some good shots. Here are some easy ways to improve your travel photos:
1. Get close.
Crop in the camera. Walk closer. Zoom in. You can often get a better shot by losing some of the busy background and simplifying your shot. Look in the viewfinder, look around. Is it too cluttered? Get tighter.
2. Choose Life!
Don’t avoid people. So many times I hear travelers “waiting for other people to leave their shots.” I am the opposite, I am always waiting for people to walk into my shots. I’d rather have a couple hand in hand strolling down a charming street that I’m photographing, than an empty street. People add life, emotion and a “story” to your photos. And, naturally, we connect with people.
3. Change your perspective.
Don’t shoot everything how we see it in everyday life—at about five to six feet high. We see that all the time. So change it up! Get extremely low. Get really high. Get new angles and show us something from a different perspective.
4. Think about your depth of field.
When highlighting a person, object, or even food, you may want to use a short depth of field. This means that only your subject is in focus and the foreground and background is out of focus. Not all cameras allow for this adjustment, but if you are using a DSLR camera like this Canon, you can manually adjust this. This can improve your photos dramatically. For big landscape shots, you might want to use a long depth of field so everything is in focus and sharp.
5. Think about light.
Shoot early in the day or late in the afternoon. The warm glow and color of morning and evening light is very special and can make for some memorable shots. And I’m not just talking about a sunrise itself, but the color of the light at that time of day. It’s typically warmer and more delicate than the harsh light of midday when the sun is directly overhead, is bright, and also often forms harsh shadows on your subject. And if you can’t get up in time for sunrise, don’t worry, you can easily catch the light at sunset.
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