Six years ago, my interest in travel photography was at its infancy. I loved taking landscape photos so I bought a 3rd hand DSLR camera. It was funny because at first, I did not know how to operate one! After a few weeks of trial and error, I managed to take some striking pictures (thanks to my photographer friends and widespread reading). From then on, photography became my hobby and my camera turned out to be my security blanket. On the course of my traveling experience together with the changing time, my DSLR became less valuable since mobile phones with high resolution cameras are literally everywhere. I find these mobile phones cheaper, lighter and more handy than professional cameras. Until now, my passion for photography still exists wherever I go. Although I am using my mobile phone to take pictures for practical reasons, I want to share these five lessons I learned on how to take impressive travel photos whenever traveling around.
1. Framing – First, make sure you frame your photos well. Avoid slanting horizons. Do not include unnecessary elements that may distract the overall appearance of your photo. Your pictures should be crisp to look at.
2. Rule of Thirds – In photography,therule of thirds is defined as dividing the image into two vertical and two horizontal lines. To create the best photos, the subject(s) must be situated on or near the points where the vertical and horizontal lines meet. The scientific reason? So the eyes concentrate on the subject(s) at any of the four points then gradually move away from it, gazing on the other elements found in the picture. The basic reason? So the image would not be boring to look at.
3. Patterns – In order to avoid dull and boring photos, you should also look into patterns that you can frame at. Observe some interesting shapes, outlines, and color that you can take advantage of. Shadows of subject(s) reflected into a body of water are a good example of this.
4. Lighting – Adjust the amount of light that enters your camera. We all know that capturing a subject against a natural light source createsa silhouette. However, this generates a respectable impression sometimes.
5. Tone – Believe it or not, your photos have emotions too! Ask this to yourself: what does the image want to say? More than the majestic trees or the sunset or the clear blue ocean, your photo must definitely speak more than that.
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