Taking photos is of course very important part of any travel. When the travel is over, all that you have left is life-long memories and photos. A beautiful travel picture can be with you for the rest of your life: on your laptop, on your desk or even on the wall, as an element of interior design. You also show it to your friends who are curious about your trip, so, the right shot is essential. There are some tips professionals recommend that help you take a good travel photos you can be proud of with just your smart-phone and today we would like to share them with you.
Firstly, try to involve all three people, place and things. The best travel photos will often be about all three of these. For example, you want to take a photo of the Tower of London on a rainy day. You can get a good photo by simply pulling up your photo and snap the Tower in the gray light. But if you put your favorite people in the photo with the Tower glimpsed over their shoulders, visible just under the rim of an umbrella, you have a great shot.
Secondly, get closer to your subject. The closer you get, the more interesting and appealing it will be. Simply walk closer, and the person viewing the photo will appreciate it; despite how close a zoom lens makes things appear, when viewing a photo the human eye can still sense the distance, and appreciates when an image has truly been taken up close.
Thirdly, consider the light. What you see when you are standing in front of your intended subject may not be what your camera ultimately reproduces. When staring directly into the sun, you may be able to make out colors and people, but your camera is going to reproduce mostly shadows. Or when shooting into shadows, you may be able to see features, but your camera will reproduce a lot of dark stuff. In these cases, it helps to know where the sun is. The easiest way to flatter your subject is to put it in the best light. If you want your subject’s faces to shine, turn them so the sun is shining on their faces. If you want your photo of your cruise ship to look like the brochures, take the photo on the sunny side of the ship. Alternately, if you want to catch the glistening of light on the ocean, take the photo when the sun is low enough to bounce off the waves.
Besides, do not also forget to consider the time of day. This is a fairly simple story — there’s no time like sunrise or sunset to take compelling, interesting and even stunning travel photos. Sunrise in particular can produce very striking images, in part because most people are not awake at the crack of dawn, and so can still be surprised by a sunrise photo.
Dividing the scene into threes is another useful hint for a beautiful picture. If you put something right in the middle of the frame, the photo is about that thing. Another great tactic for creating visual interest in a somewhat routine shot is to frame the shot such that your subject is not in the dead middle of the photo, but is placed off-center in the frame. An easy way to think about this is mentally to divide the frame into three sections (left, center and right), and put the main subject of the photo either entirely within the left or right section, or perhaps right on the line dividing two sections.
How to choose on which side to put the subject? This is easy — put it on the side that has the least background interest in the overall frame. This way, the viewer can be tricked into thinking you took a photo of both the subject and the background activities, with equal emphasis on both.When combined with the tactic of taking a vertical shot, this can be very powerful — a vertical shot with the subject 1/3 of the way from either edge is one of the easiest ways to compose a compelling photo with minimal effort.You can also divide the photo vertically into threes as well so that you have a grid of nine squares total to work with. This tactic has a name, long called the Rule of Thirds.
Also, at familiar sites, emphasize something other than the subject. If you are photographing the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Mount Rushmore or any other frequently photographed site, you would often do better to buy a nice calendar than take yet another point-and-shoot photo that will just take up space on your hard drive until it crashes.But if you make it a photo about something else — your companion’s goofy hat with the Big Ben in the background, or a motorcycle gang parked in front of Mount Rushmore — then you have a great photo.
Last but not least, use your sense of humor.Do not underestimate the value of capturing or expressing a little humor when taking travel photos. Travel is usually as much about how we felt and thought while traveling, not just where we went, and photos that capture some humor often bring back the strongest memories and sensations as time goes by.