Taking photos while traveling is such a nice way to bring back the memories and share them with others.
Anybody can take photos but it takes some thought and skill to be able to really capture the essence of a moment with a camera. Fortunately, these skills are super easy to learn and asking yourself a few questions before taking a photo will turn an okay photo into something really beautiful.
An expensive camera is not needed to take great photos. Unless you are a professional photographer, it really is more about composition of the photo.
Here are some tips for taking photos – they come in handy especially when you’re traveling and want to capture those memories on the road, in a new city or in distant lands.
Take Multiple Photos of the Same Thing
Unless you’re an expert photographer, always take multiple photos of the same thing. Experiment with taking the same shot from different angles, lighting and composition.
Center or Off-Center
Sometimes having your subject in the center of your photo is interesting, but most often having the subject in the center is a bit boring. Make your photo more interested by placing the person or thing you’re photographing off-center.
Pay Attention to Light
Look at where the light is coming from before taking photos. Will it cast shadows over your subject or distort the colors or will it highlight your subject and create a flattering glow?
Vertical vs Horizontal
What will make your photo more interesting – a vertical or horizontal shot? Play with taking both horizontal and vertical shots of the same thing to see what looks the best.
Communicate with People
If you’re taking photos of people, and especially if they’re looking at the camera, make sure you are communicating with them. Just pointing a camera at them and snapping a picture usually produces a boring photo. Communicate with them, let them know if they need to move around to get the best light or angle.
Framing and Feeling of Photos
Pay attention to the frame around your photo. What you capture in the space of the photo will make up the feeling of the photo. Ask yourself what emotion you are trying to capture. Do you want to capture someone’s happiness, the beauty of nature, the chaos of a street scene? Rather than just pointing and shooting the camera, frame your photo so that everything in your photo gets these feelings across.