Travel Photos

Souvenir collecting is fine. But photos are hard to beat. Images of foreign lands with you family and traveling companions show what a holiday is all about. We believe that experiences are better than possessions, especially good experiences with other people. But decent photos manage to be experiences and possessions.

  • Early and late photos can be worth the effort. Sunrises and early morning light work well for almost any scene. Sunsets are also worth photographing, as a late night shots of city light.
  • Look up the locations you intend to visit. Find the classic sites to photograph, and try to find the lesser known sites as well. There are always some fine images to be taken at these places. Google earth can give you some good ideas.
  • Try to go beyond stoke images and generic photos. Just the act of incorporating a few travel companions into the image will help.
  • Rule of thirds. There is no universal formula for a good image, but if you divide the viewfinder image into nine equal boxed (hortizontal and vertical lines at the one third and two third points) you can get a nicely balanced image by matching the scene to these proportions.
  • The golden ratio is another proportion that the human eye finds pleasing. This is a rectangle of 1 : 1.618. Many photo are cropped to this proportion. Many buildings have this underlying their design. Photos based on this will tend to look neat, though there are other possibilities that break these guides.
  • Photos at eye level are a little predictable. Try shooting up from ground, or any angle trick that works for that particular scene.
  • Try using archways, bridges and other items to frame the people in the photos, or to frame other items.
  • Foreground, sometime just an overhanging branch, can make a distant shot much better.
  • Use a tripod or a monopod. These are now super light-weight, and very handy for some scenic shots or anything where you have to zoom in. Monopods take almost no time at all to use.
  • Digital memory is cheap, so carry plenty of memory cards. Don’t be afraid to experiment with several different shots of a site – you only have to show other people the images that work.
  • Find how your camera can take photos in low light. You will need this for caves, northern lights, and many night shots.
  • Don’t be afraid to Photoshop the images afterwards. This isn’t cheating; as long as you make the images a good representation of the sites you saw than Photoshop is working to your advantage.
  • Some Photoshop software will let you combine several identical images, so you can combine several photos of a building to remove the crowd of tourists.
  • Keep you camera on you at all times. You never know when a good photo opportunity will arise.

 

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