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How to Snap Great-Looking Photos While Traveling
While you’re traveling the conditions will rarely be ‘perfect’ for photography. In fact more often than not they will be challenging, and make it difficult to capture the photos that you want to.
That doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible to snap photos that look great – only that you need to make sure you nail your approach, and take steps to improve the areas that you can.
Some of the ways that you can start to snap photos that look far more impressive include:
- Keep the camera steady while you’re capturing the photo and avoiding any movement whatsoever. Using a portable tripod can help to make that easier, as can other types of stands and camera holders.
- Use the rule of thirds to improve the composition of your shots by placing the subject off-center. All you need to do is enable the grid feature on your camera and then line up the subject and other elements based on the lines and intersection points.
- Get close to the subject to reveal more detail that otherwise wouldn’t be noticeable. If you want you could even fill the frame with the subject completely to make them quite literally the center of attention.
- Turn off the camera flash unless absolutely necessary. More often than not the built-in flash on cameras will harm your photos more than they help.
- Shoot during the golden hour when the light conditions are generally as close to perfect as possible. It is essentially the hour (or so) after dawn and before sunset, and during that time the light is diffused, warm, and directional – all of which you can use to your advantage.
- Find the story in each photo – or at least try to. Visual storytelling can help you to craft far more impressive photos, and you should ask yourself what is happening in each photo, whom it is happening to, and why it is happening – as well as where and when.
- Always be prepared to shoot at a moment’s notice so that you can capture fleeting moments that you may miss otherwise. It can help to have your camera hang by a strap around your neck so all you need to do is move it upwards – and click.
- Find unique angles to make your photos stand out more. Most photos are snapped from eye-level, so be different and try positioning yourself above or below that instead.
- Switch to manual and learn how the exposure triangle works. The control that manual mode gives you over the light and how it enters your camera is key if you want to capture the best photos – though it can take time to master.
In addition to everything listed above, you should also try to learn how to edit and touch up photos. Because there are bound to be lots of factors out of your control the photos you snap while you’re traveling will not be perfect, and a few alterations can go a long way.
The good news is that there are lots of user-friendly editors out there nowadays, and for example you could try Movavi Photo Editor. It is easy to use and you could even remove elements that get in the way of your photos by following the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-remove-people-and-objects-from-photos.html.
At the end of the day the one thing that will help most if you want to improve your travel photography is practice. The more photos that you snap while you’re traveling, the more experience you’ll get – and that will help you gradually hone your skills and capture far more impressive photos over time.