Vacation images are the pictures you’ll cherish for years to come. They will evoke your travel stories and fun memories, making you smile every time you open the photo album. So take your time to and think “outside of the postcard” to create candid and iconic images. We gathered some tips for you to get you started in travel photography.
The Human Element
It adds interest to your images – You don’t want only pictures of the scenery. So, prove you were there! 🙂 Pass camera around and don’t forget to take group images – you’ll definitely regret not snapping a few shots of everyone in attendance. Include even people you meet at the location – people who made you laugh, who were nice and interesting.
When photographing people it’s best to have them looking into the frame, but you can capture great expressions and moments when your subject isn’t aware that the camera is pointed at them. Capturing candid moments will more likely evoke your memories than posing in front of landmarks, which can feel touristy and boring.
Get Closer – Details Matter
Taken literally, the closer you get to your subject, the more detail and interest you can capture. And details are the ones who snap some wire in our brain and we start to remember smells, tastes, moods of the day. Zoom in on the details and feel the frame with the entire subject. You can fill the entire frame with a close up of one particular subject such as shells from the beach, a flower, a basket of ripe fruit at a market, a table full of souvenirs, airline tickets or Spanish phrase book in your hands.
Include signage in you pictures, names and prices at colorful markets written in the local language, creatively painted store signs, a newsstand featuring local papers, city street signs, paint-chipped door or an architectural window can capture the spirit of a place.
As a foodie, my great memories from vacations are experiencing local cuisine. Pick a table by a window or on the terrace and photograph your #foodgasm of local delicacies by using Macro mode or zooming in tight on the dishes.
Fill the Frame
if you want to improve your photographs 100 percent, move closer. Simple as that. The one sure way to keep from including too much extraneous information in a photograph is to fill the frame with your subject and nothing but your subject. As soon as you think you’re close enough to your subject, take a few steps forward. A common problem here is that we often think we’re filling the frame when in fact we’re not even close, as you’re concentrating so intensely on your subject that your brain is tricked into thinking your subject is closer than it actually is. So as soon as you think you’re close enough to your subject, take a few steps forward.
Know Where The Sun Is
Think about the light, not the view.
The easiest way to flatter your subject is to put it in the best light. Consider the time of day. If you want to catch the glistening of light in the ocean, take the photo when the sun is low enough to bounce off the waves.
There’s no time like sunrise or sunset to take compelling, interesting and even stunning travel photos. Sunrise, in particular, can produce very striking images, in part because most people are not awake at the crack of dawn, and so can still be surprised by a sunrise photo.
Use Apps to Postprocess Images and Have Fun
The 360 Panorama app takes panoramas to a new level, creating interactive scenes that you can pan and scroll to look around and see what lies beyond the photo frame.
For a different view, you can also switch to “stenographic” mode, which morphs your shot into a globe-like scene, where you’re at the center and your surroundings pop out around you.
Most importantly, remember to put the camera down at some point, it’s your vacation! 🙂
Happy travels and bring back some killer images!
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