Continuing from last week’s list, here are 10 more tips on how to take amazing photos while travelling.
Tip 1: Go for Candid Shots
It is true that posed shots can work fairly well, especially if you need to get a specific shot. However, more often than not these often look unauthentic. Keep your eyes peeled and capture your subject doing something they would normally do in their daily life.
Tip 2: Include More than One Subject
Photos with only one person in them can look great, but so can shots with two or more people. However, like above, photos will be elevated if they are more than people standing and staring at the camera.
Tip 3: Take Photos of a Variety of People
Make sure to expand your subjects beyond people wearing the national costume, which is often worn just for tourists. Look for people of different genders, ages and types to create a ‘faces of a country’ collage.
Tip 4: Be Aware of Your Background
If possible, try to frame your shots to have an uncluttered background that complements, or at least does not distract from the subject of the photo.
Tip 5: Capture Images that Evoke Emotions
Photos are more than just telling the facts of a story. Instead, use them to elicit an emotion from the viewer and you’ll find the photos appreciated and more engaging than they otherwise would have been.
Tip 6: Shoot into the Sun
This may go against previous advice you have received, but aiming to capture a natural sunburst will often result in interesting and dynamic photos. If attempting this angle, try having the sun peek out from behind a variety of interesting subjects.
Tip 7: Take Advantage of Overcast Conditions
Overcast conditions provide soft, even light that results in low-contrast images and can bring out colours and details. Waterfalls, woodlands, gardens, interiors all benefit from overcast days.
Tip 8: Shoot Cities at Night
Cities transform at night with many unsightly details fading away in the darkness and other details coming alive with lights illuminating them in magical ways.
Tip 9: Include Silhouettes at Sunset
Most, if not all photographers try to capture a brilliant sunset at least once, though often the photos turn out less that stellar. A simple, but effective way to improve them is to include a distinctive subject in silhouette.
Tip 10: Capture Moving Animals
Use both eyes by having one look through the viewfinder while the other keeps an eye on the animal to anticipate its movement. Then increase the ISO to freeze the movement of the animal.