7 ESSENTIAL COMPOSITION PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR YOUR TRAVELS
Do you want to know all about composition photography tips? Well earlier this month I introduced you to three talented travel bloggers who are joining Mister Weekender as our new global contributors! Our USA and South America contributor is Jess from Bon Traveler, our Australian and Asia contributor is Phoebe from Little Grey Box, and our Europe contributor is Lisa from The Wandering Lens. They are jet setting around the world sharing their adventures and travel hacks with you right here on Mister Weekender, so to kick off Lisa's first post for Mister Weekender she is going to share with you a few totally invaluable insights into travel photography by revealing seven of her essential competition photography tips. Lisa is the best travel photographer I know so make sure you show your support by following her on Instagram. Take it away Lisa!
Hi everyone! It's so great to meet you here on Mister Weekender. So yes, as Jaharn said I will be guiding you through a few tips I personally use when I photograph the beautiful destinations I visit around the world.
For me, it's so important to generate a sense of wanderlust by taking travel photographs that inspire and capture the scene with a creative vision. Looking through the lens with an out of the box perspective brings adventures to life just as vividly as you experience them in person. Keeping this in mind, I have used the iconic Eiffel Tower in beautiful Paris to showcase several creative techniques you can use on your next trip…
LIGHT Dusk is a magical time to capture photographs. The colourful sky will form a backdrop to your chosen monument and create a different mood to what you would achieve in bright midday sunlight.
FOCUS Play around with focus and feature another subject in the foreground of your photograph. The beautiful blossoms in bloom along the Seine River create a distraction whilst ensuring the shape of the tower is still visible.
TEXTURE Showcasing the structural materials of a monument can be a great way to show its strength. Here the wintry tree branches contrast against the wrought iron structure of the tower blending the natural and man-made textures together.
FRAMING Using something fun or interesting to frame your image is a great way to see your subject in a new light. Climbing the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre allows for an incredible distant view of the Eiffel Tower and many options to frame the view.
NEGATIVE SPACE Relating to the space around your subject, it’s a key element of artistic composition. Having little to distract from your chosen monument ensures all attention is upon the subject within the wide open frame.
PERSPECTIVE Telling your viewers where to look is a clever way to draw them into your photograph. Using a linear effect points their eyes toward your subject creating a powerful photograph and one you can have fun composing with surrounding structures or landscapes.
SENSE OF PLACE Look around to see what can be incorporated alongside your subject to help tell the story of the destination. Objects like statues, signs or cultural icons such as the Warsaw Fountains that appear to shower the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro.
Do you use other creative techniques when you take photos on your travels? Which is your favourite technique?