Do you wish you were able to snap stunning photos of the breathtaking scenery and amazing sights that you come across while traveling? Although you probably aren’t a photographer by trade and may not have an eye for photos – a few simple tips can go a long way.
If you’d like to start to snap more impressive photos while you’re traveling, you should try some of these tips out:
• Lock the focus before you snap the shot
Once you’ve positioned your camera and are ready to take the shot, you should first lock the focus. By doing so you’ll ensure that the focus is less likely to be thrown off at the last moment, and it should help you to snap much clearer and more impressive images.
The exact method to lock the focus can vary from camera to camera, but on most smartphones you need to either tap the subject or tap and hold for a second. On digital cameras on the other hand you will normally need to half-press the button.
• Get closer to the subject
Close-up shots of interesting subjects can look much very compelling – and to snap them you should get physically closer. In particular you may want to try ‘filling the frame’ with the subject, so that the focus is entirely on them.
Although your camera undoubtedly has a zoom feature, it is best to stay away from it as getting physically closer will help to produce more detailed photos.
• Use the rule of thirds
If there’s one composition rule that you should try to use it’s the rule of thirds. All that you need to do to start using it is turn on the ‘grid’ feature on your camera and position the subject by lining it up against one of the gridlines.
The other elements can be lined up along gridlines or at intersection points as well. Overall this should place the subject off-center and help you to space out the elements – making for a more balanced photo.
• Think of weather as an opportunity rather than an impediment
Is it raining? Snowing? Windy? Freezing? While shooting photos in harsh weather conditions can be challenging, you should think of the weather as an opportunity rather than an impediment.
Try to find ways to snap photos regardless of the weather conditions, and you’ll start to see how the weather can make your photos look much more unique. If possible you should show the effect of the weather on the subject of other elements, to give people an idea of its intensity.
Don’t worry if your photos aren’t ‘perfect’, as later on you can use an editor such as Movavi Photo Editor for Mac to alter and improve it. For now your focus should be on using these tips the next time you’re traveling, so that you can see for yourself what a big difference they can make.
If you keep at it, you may even find that you start to develop an eye for better and more impressive shots along the way.