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Travel photography tips

November 8, 2011 by  
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Taking photos at the places you visit and during your travels is a common practice. With the invention of digital cameras, and digital storage, people often take thousands of pictures because it is cheap and disposable. However, quantity of photos does not mean you will get quality photos. If you want to get great photos while traveling, consider the following:

Take photos of people and places- If you visit someplace like the Coliseum in Rome, you can bet that you will be able to find a beautiful, professionally take photograph of it online, for free. So, when you are taking pictures, take ones that will be more meaningful to you, such as of the people you travel with. It is better to get a picture of you standing in front of the site, then of just the site itself. You will look at it more often, and like it better.

Rule of thirds. When taking a snap shot, a great way to get good composition is to think of the photo divided in thirds both vertically and horizontally, then have the eye of the person in the photo on one of the intersecting points. Just having the person in the center of the screen can get boring, and is not as aesthetic as on a third. This makes snap shots seem better thought out.

Exposure. Check your exposure. You don’t have to know much about cameras to know if a picture is turning out too dark or too light. If it is, see if you can adjust your exposure manually, or look for a better lighting situation for the picture.

Light maters. The light in which you take a photo matters. Are people squinting their eyes because they are looking into the sun? Is it night? If you use the flash, it may make their faces appear to be lit up, which is not always very flattering. Natural light is most flattering, and be wary of shadows over faces, etc. as they can make a picture look bad even if everything else looks right. If your camera has a light meter, get your exposure just right by centering the tick mark in the meter.

Aperture- This basically means how much of your photo is in focus. When traveling, it is good to use a high aperture for landscapes and photos of things. Lower apertures are reserved for portraits, and close ups of specific things. If you do not know how to use it, set your camera to automatic.

Use a tripod if you shoot at night. In order to get a properly exposed photo at night, a camera’s shutter has to stay open longer, thus if you move the camera at all, even slightly, you will get a blurry photo. A tripod helps keep the camera steady for fantastic night photos.

Last, but not least, when you travel, take pictures of the interesting things, like what you ate, or what your room looked like, the things you may not be able to simply look up online if you want to remember what they looked like.

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