What can you do to make sure that your vacation photography really captures the mood and spirit of your trip? Here are seven great photography hints.
1. Whenever possible, use a tripod. More often than not, a blurry photo is the result of movement. Tripods are small and easy to use: some are so small, like those designed to turn a water bottle into a tripod that you can keep them in your pocket. Your camera will be balanced, you won’t have to worry about moving and you’ll get a better photo every time.
2. Pay attention to the light. All photography comes down to how your camera captures the light. Before you take the shot, look to see where the light is coming from – unless you’re trying to take a photo silhouette, you don’t want to shoot into the light. Even if it’s bright outside, you may want to use a flash when you’re taking action shots. If you’re outside in the snow, you’ll want to adjust the amount of light you let into your camera (the exposure value) to cut down glare in the photo.
3. Include people in your photos. You may be used to having family photos while you’re on vacation, but when you travel and want to capture the spirit of a place, take some shots of the locals to add more flair to your photography.
4. What’s your angle? When you take a photo of a famous monument, don’t just center it in your photo. Think about the angles, think about what else you might be able to capture in the photo. Other buildings, people, the landscape: all of these things add to travel photography and let you get a stronger sense of the place – not just a photo of a tower, a building or a church window.
5. Don’t shy away from the object in your photo. You might think that if you get further away you’ll be able to capture more in your photo. To some extent, this is true, but there’s no reason to try to fit everything in a town, a city or a room into a single photo. Sometimes it’s by getting close that you’re able to get the best photo.
6. Add photography affects after the shot has been taken. You might want to take some great black and white photos while you’re away, but you just might find that it’s best to wait until you get home to alter the shot. Most digital cameras come with photo editing software and there are a number of free image manipulators available. By converting to black and white later, you’ll find that you can control the depth of color and the shades of grey.
7. Don’t take yourself – or photography – too seriously. Don’t forget about candid photos, taking the silly shots – like a family member “holding up” the Tower of Pisa – and that you’re not just on the trip for the photos, you’re also there to have fun.
Thinking about photography and the photos that you’ll capture can add a lot to your vacation. You’ll look at things a bit differently, and – when you follow the above tips – you’ll find that your photos do a better job of capturing your memories.
This article was brought to you by 42nd Street Photo.
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