“Snap!” “Click!” “Flash!” We all take pictures on a daily basis, but few of us produce magazine worthy photographs with our amateur photography skills. This can be especially frustrating if you are on vacation and are unable to perfectly capture the moment. To improve your photography skills for your next trip, read through the following tips to help you go from amateur to pro!
· Think “people, places, and things”: oftentimes, the best photographs have all three of these elements. For instance, once you select a scenic place, have one of your fellow travelers pose alongside an object that contributes to the ambience.
· Zoom In: the closer you can get to your subject, the more detail and interest you can capture.
· Master Lighting: to further flatter your subject, be aware of where the best lighting is. Generally natural light – sunlight – is optimal for photographs.
· Fill the Frame: the subject should fill the frame so that the edges of the photograph will include as little superfluous imagery as possible.
· Photographing People: when taking a picture of your travel companions, it is easy to neglect them if you are focused on the background behind them. To capture a great picture of another person, frame them first, and then consider the background second.
· Move: sometimes repositioning yourself just two feet to the left can make all the difference. If you stand lead-footed in one spot, your photos will reflect this.
· Watch for Wildlife: oftentimes when traveling, we encounter unique and interesting wildlife that serves as the perfect subject for a photograph. The best way to capture these creatures on film is with a zoom lens since it allows you to get as much detail as possible without getting too close.
· Photographing in the Dark: although pictures are usually best when taken in the sunlight, this does not mean you cannot take an equally impressive night shot. You can generally take long exposure shots for darker settings. However, if your subject is moving, long exposures will not work. Instead, you will need a low light lens.
· Avoid Clichés: instead of the same generic pose in front of every historic monument you visit, try to encourage clever poses and compositions to add variety and a layer of interest to your pictures.
With these tips in mind, you will be able to take expert photographs on your next trip and capture all those wonderful moments like never before!