We all want to capture award-winning photographs; sometimes we have to settle for postcard- or Instagram-worthy pictures! Here’s 6 of my most effective travel photography tips!
Research your Destination
When you’re planning your trip, look for things you want to see or experience and photograph. Then search images of the sights (Google/ Instagram), there are probably hundreds if not thousands of pictures of it. Most of these pictures are very similar because the same thing is being captured – find ways of how to capture the same thing differently. Maybe a new angle or taking the photograph at sunset or sunrise will give a different effect to the same image!
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Talk to the Locals
Upon reaching your destination, chat to the locals – maybe you have a tour guide. They will know the best times to visit a place, the quiet, less busy times; when the lighting or sun give the best shot; and they may even provide a unique story to go with your photograph.
Sometimes, you may have to wait a while and take a hundred photos before you get the right shot. Wake up early and stay out late to beat the crowds. Once you get that postcard/Instagram worthy shot, it’ll be worth it!
Always, always keep your camera charged and with you at all times. Inspiration, scenes and memories that you’ll want to capture can and will come to you at any time and you best be prepared for them when they do.
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.
People like to see photographs with other people in them – the curiosity wants them to be able to imagine themselves in the scene or identify with the person in the picture. Always ask permission when photographing other people (portraits). In instances when you can’t ask permission (like capturing a street or souk filled with people), try not to capture a full frontal view of anyone’s face. This can be tricky but capture a few and choose the one that is the least identifiable.
Rule of Thirds Info Source: Wikipedia