Shoving a camera in your carry on is one of the essentials of travel packing, isn’t it? You need to be able to snap as many good pics of your travels as you can, to have something to remember the journey by, and to show your friend when you get home again.
However, sometimes snapping a vacation pic can get us frustrated. The shot isn’t lining up properly, and there are so many people around you who can’t even see the cathedral in the middle! What are you supposed to do at a time like this?
Well, adding some spice to your vacation snaps doesn’t have to be hard. All you’ve got to do is learn the tricks of the photography trade, and with the points below, we’re pretty sure we can get you started.
Know Your Compositions
First of all, you should get to know how to compose a photo. Start with the ‘rule of three’, in which you split a potential shot into three different but equal sections. You’ll want the subjects of the photo to clearly line up with these three lines, and be contained within each one, hopefully with little to no overlap. You can also make good use of the top and bottom grid lines here, and use them as horizon lines to perfectly angle the shot you’re taking too.
Watch for the Weather
The weather will make a lot of difference in how good a shot turns out. If it’s sunny out, great! The sun can be used in a variety of ways to shape a picture. You can take a photo of whatever you like and know it’ll be backlit perfectly, with plenty of definition to stop the photo from coming out grainy.
However, even when it’s raining, or it’s a bit cloudy out, you could use the weather outside to your advantage. Add a bit of mood to your photos with a foggy backdrop, swirling around that monument you’re trying to capture – just be sure to shield your camera from the rain.
Make Use of Your Phone’s Features
And finally, you don’t even need to take a camera along with you when you’re traveling. You could just use your phone and to great effect. For example, if your phone comes with dual lenses, make good use of these – you can go for both wide-angle and close-ups much easier when using them.
And the artistic vibe doesn’t stop there. You can even watch a tutorial on how to set up a time-lapse shot right here, if you fancy going the extra mile for a neat slideshow or a living scrapbook of your time away. Plus, there’s always optical image stabilization to rely on, to reduce motion blur, and avoid that annoying smudged photo every single travel album seems to have.
Adding a bit of spice to your vacation snaps just takes some know-how. Be sure to keep these tips in mind if you’re looking to take better photos.