HOW YOU CAN TAKE BETTER PHOTOS ON YOUR TRAVELS
There is nothing worse than coming home after a truly amazing holiday only to realise the photos you captured on the road aren’t up to scratch. They’re either out of focus, a little boring, blurry, dark and don’t quite capture the moment. Trust me, we’ve all been there. To help you cherish your travel memories forever, I am going to show you how you can take better photos on your travels in six simple steps. STEP ONE Composition is king so get creative with it. Use the Rule of Thirds by placing your main subject to the left or the right of the photo you want to capture. Whether it’s a landscape, a person or a building, change the point of focus by thinking outside the box.
STEP TWO Look for colours. This is what really gives your photo substance. Whether it’s a soft faded sunrise over a rocky mountain in Yosemite National Park, or a pink sunrise over a snowy mountain in Iceland, play with colour and even look to use it as a main subject for your photo creating a stimulating composition.
STEP THREE Create really exciting angles. I remember a fellow tourist in Iceland walked up to Skögafoss waterfall with her iPad and just snapped a few photos, and walked away. Kill me now! Don’t take the same photo everyone else is. Walk around your main subject, get above it, lay down on the ground in front of it, study it and take it from lots of angles. Even in water – try photographing half under water and half above water for something really memorable.
STEP FOUR Worried about capturing blurry photos? Not anymore! Use your backpack (my favourite), a table or a wall to help you steady your camera. I’ve even used a fence and a sneaker to balance a camera for a photo. Whatever it takes!
STEP FIVE Taking better photos on your travels is knowing how to bring a little perspective into your photos. Say for example, you want to photograph a huge mountain in the Canadian Rockies but when you do, you know the photo isn’t doing the sheer size of the mountain any justice. Get a friend or a fellow traveller to stand in the photo to give it perspective. They might look like a tiny stick man, but people will appreciate the massive size of the mountain. This applies to buildings too of course!
STEP SIX Ask people to be in your photos. But be polite. The worse they can say is no. It still terrifies me sometimes asking someone to be in a photo but I just swallow my nerves and go for it. On the flip side, don’t be afraid to ask someone to take a photo of you on your travels. To avoid any disappointment, because let’s be honest, we all take different photos. Set up the shot and take a few practise photos so your new friend knows what you’re trying to capture.
PHOTO COMETITION TIME! To celebrate Cheapflights reaching 8 million visits across Australia and New Zealand in 2015, share your best landscape travel photo captured on a recent adventure on Instagram for the chance to win a 70D super kit from Canon! All you need to do is upload a new photo with the hashtag #CfWanderlust and mention @Cheapflights and @canonaustralia. To give you some inspiration, I've also written my top 10 landscape photography tips which you can download here! Happy snapping!
NB: Entrants must live in Australia or New Zealand. Competition closes at midnight on Monday 29th February 2016.
This post is in collaboration with Cheapflights.