With the help of powerful digital SLRs, compact camera or even a smartphones, people nowadays are taking photos than ever. In this generation of filters, macro shots, photoshop and other photography tricks, still–somehow, only a few are able to project an engaging and exciting photos. In this review, we’re going to give you some of Photography’s tips and tricks, in order for you to make those scenic photographs that somehow tells a bit of a story.
Here are our 5 travel photography tips.
The Rule of Thirds
A guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings and of course: Photographs. Just imagine dividing a scene into thirds, sort of like a tic-tac-toe board. As long as you put the main subject on any of the lines (or at one of the four points where the lines cross), you’re guaranteed to get a well-composed shot. As the guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into 9 equal parts by 2 equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or intersections. A photo together with the grid lines or guideline, may help you in determining where to compose and how to take a perfect photo, using the rule of thirds.
Tip: Best used with the combination of macro shots or other lens-focusing methods that enables the background to be slightly blurry, giving the subject a more focused representation.
Use Leading Lines
This refers to a technique of photography where you make the viewer of your photos attention is drawn to lines that leads to the main subject or image. With this, you can use roads, pathways, rivers, bridges, handrails, or something that can help you make that illusion of drawing everyone’s attention from that line to that main subject or point of interest of your shot. Take this photo for example. The trick usually start at the bottom of the frame and guide the eye upwards and inwards from the foreground of an image to the background, and typically leading to the main subject.
Panoramic Photography is a method that uses specialized equipment or softwares, that captures images with horizontally elongated fields of view. In the olden times, photographers uses certain type of lens that helps the photographer to easy capture a panoramic photograph. However, due to the fast paced modernisation of technology–especially cameras and other photo editing softwares for computers, Panoramic photographs can now be taken easily. Take your smartphone for example, with the help of some apps and of course a minimum of 8 or higher megapixel resolution, you can make panoramic photos just like a pro. Here’s an example.
A trick that makes a magical concept, showcasing photographs that captures a sense of motion. Preferably taken at night, where thousands of glimmering lights from lamp posts, tail and headlights of vehicles, or even a small flickering light from a cigarette being moved as the hand holding it waves back and forth. Long exposure photography–also known as time-exposure photography or sometimes recognized as slow-shutter photography involves using a long duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing or distorting the moving elements. To make it simple: this kind of trick enables a photographer to literally capture something that conventional or normal picture taking can’t: Time. Let’s take this photo for example.
In prior to the topic above, Long exposure photography is often used in a nighttime setting, where the lack of light means longer exposures, if maximum quality is to be retained. In this time, photographers have a choice to use between artificial light or using long exposure methods, exposing the scene for seconds, minutes and even hours in order to give the digital sensor enough time to capture a favorable image. As we all know, every location becomes something completely different at night, the serene darkness accompanied by the glittering lights of lamp posts, buildings and even cars can add a completely different flavor in photographs taken. Giving an image of a familiar place but with a different sense of story.
Traveling can never be as memorable if we don’t have any memories of it. The memory itself is not enough to share your timeless adventures. You should have a proof–and by that I meant photographs. But taking photos throughout your travels can never be as special if you don’t take beautiful, scenic and exciting ones. Giving the viewer a glimpse on how fun, thrilling and exciting your adventures were, as you showed them your photos. So next time you travel, grab your camera and remember these 5 Travel Photography Tips listed here, and have a more interesting and vivid storytelling to your families and friends.