With the invention of smart phones and the ever evolving cameras they include, taking beautiful photographs of your journeys has never been easier. In addition there are many digital cameras that have even more capabilities, including multiple lenses and video features. While there is no one thing that will guarantee beautiful, professional looking pictures, here are some tips on taking the most interesting photos for memorializing your adventure.
Lighting is number one for a good reason. Most amateur photographers overlook this element, but it is what professional photographers consider imperative to taking a great photo.
Lighting can help you to see things differently and it highlights the subject to present it in a good way. For example if you are taking a portrait picture, that is a picture of a person, then some of the ways that you can use lighting to improve the quality of the picture is to place the subject in the shade, thus creating even lighting, or by taking the photo with their back to the sun, eliminating hard shadows crossing their face.
For landscape photography, the time of day is essential to taking a great photograph. The best photos are generally taken early in the morning around sunrise and in the early evening around sunset. Rarely will you get a quality landscape photo taken in the middle of the day.
Chose a Clear Subject
Removing objects from the picture that make it feel cluttered and distracting is very important. Most commonly these types of aberrations are at the edges of the photo or in the distance. When taking your photo, don’t just look at the subject of the photo, notice what is also in the frame, such as a trash can or unsightly telephone pole in the distance. If you are finding it difficult to get a photo to make sense, you probably have chosen too many subjects at once. Decide on what one subject will be the center of attention and you’ll have a much more interesting photograph.
Taking a clear, sharp image that is in focus can be difficult. There are many factors that influence the focus of your images. One tip for taking photos of a person is that it’s essential to put the focus point exactly on the eye of the person that you are photographing. Another essential for shooting images that are clear and sharp is to use a tripod. Do not over – zoom the subject. Extreme zooming will cause the image to blur around the edges.
Try taking your photos from a unique perspective. You may try getting down low and shooting upwards to give the feeling of power or from high up above to capture a wide view. Think about where your subject is and see if you can enhance the image by shifting the perspective.
Learning creative composition takes time, but makes a tremendous difference in the quality of your photos. Begin by learning the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is the most basic rule of composition that basically tells the photographer to imagine a tic-tac-toe board on the frame of the picture and to put the most interesting part of the photo on the intersection of those lines. Use your cell phone cameras grid setting to help you with this.
Depth of Field
Professional photographers are experts at using depth of field. What this means is that if you have a shallow depth of field the subject of the photo is sharp and the background is blurry. Learning this technique will make your photos much more professional looking. One great thing about cell phone cameras is that many have the capability to do this for you automatically.
Embrace Empty Space
Negative space simply refers to the areas around and between the subjects of an image. When you include a lot of empty space in a photo, your subject will stand out more. Try using a large expanse of sky, water, an empty field or a large wall.
Using Leading Lines
Leading lines are great for creating a sense of depth in an image. They can be straight, circalunar – an example would be train tracks, staircases, paths or roads.
Of course the most important thing is to have a good time, document the moments that you really want to remember and stay safe while doing it. No picture is worth getting injured for, so use your common sense. At the end of the day it is really nice to have some good pictures and even a couple of great ones, but don’t get so carried away with taking pictures that you forget to enjoy the experience. The true memories are created when you actively engage in the spirit of the destination, get involved, try something new, make a friend and laugh!