Capturing great travel photography can be tricky; you want to preserve treasured memories but still enjoy your trip. Whether you’re documenting a weekend city break or a month-long journey across continents, taking photos make your fading memories stand the test of time.
Capturing images that are realistic, powerful, and original will enrich your adventure, but how to do you do that There are an endless amount of travel photography tips available, but f you are just starting out, it can be confusing.
Never fear–join us as we list 13 easy travel photography tips to help take your images to the next level.
Learn the Rules of Composition (and break them)
While knowing your camera settings is important, the composition also plays a key role in improving your shots.
There are a number of rules photographers follow to create images that are balanced and powerful. The most common one is the rule of the thirds.
Simply divide your frame into 9 parts by intersecting 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines. Then place the main subject of your photograph where the lines cross each other.
There is usually a helpful ‘grid feature’ on your camera or phone which you can activate to help you follow the rule. Once you’ve practiced enough, however, it will become second nature.
Other composition tips include filling the frame, being careful about what is in the background, and working with colors that complement each other.
Obviously, composition rules are meant as rough guidelines and shouldn’t always be followed strictly–don’t let rules get in the way of creativity. Consciously breaking the rules can help reinforce your style or better communicate your message. There is no such thing as a ‘bad’ picture, as long as you know what you are doing.