Improving your travel photography skills is only going to enhance your memories even more. Memories are what we create when we take a trip, no matter how long or far you travel.
So here’s just a few ideas to work on in readiness for YOUR next adventure.
I’m just going to assume here that you are using a good quality camera and not an iPhone or iPad, I don’t consider them a camera. In saying that there is a time and place where a Smart Phone will suffice but if your aim is to improve your photography skills, the phone is a limited tool.
TAKE YOUR TIME
Stand still and take in your surroundings. Don’t rush to take the shot. Take a deep breath and absorb the scenery, remember that’s what you are there for. Observe the details (or lack there of) and construct the image you’d like to achieve in your head first. It might take you a few shots to get it just right. Thank goodness for digital!
KNOW YOUR CAMERA
Know your equipment inside out. The only way you are going to achieve this is by practising daily. You need to know what your camera is capable of to take the best possible image.
Of course there are ways around the limitations too. For example when we were at Horseshoe Bend near Page in Arizona I was using my 24-105mm lens and couldn’t quite get the whole scene in my shot. My solution was to take several shots across the scene and stitch the photos together into one image using Photoshop.
“The best way to get more talents is to improve the talents we have.”
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Get down low (or up high), this will give you a different perspective and can eliminate some distracting features of a scene. You can see that I had to lie down at Horseshoe Bend to shoot through the scene rather than down on it.
APPLY RULE OF THIRDS
Use the rule of thirds – If your camera has a grid option then use it. Place the point of interest on the spot where the horizontal and vertical thirds meet.
EDIT EDIT EDIT
Take the time to edit your photos. In a world where we are in a hurry to share our travels, DON’T. Wait! Download your photos when you are able to and improve them even more with some editing, it could be the difference between sharing a well composed, exposed and overall great image as opposed to a pretty average photo.
So there you have it, just a few pointers when it comes to improving your travel photography.
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