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Welcome to our Travel Photography Tutorial

Before you travel it is always advisable to plan ahead and pack properly.  This is especially true when packing photographic equipment.  Less is best but make sure that you have what you anticipate you will need to get the shots that will help preserve your memories.  This tutorial is designed to help you improve your photographic skills.  Always remember, your eye and sense of composition will be more of a factor then how high tech your equipment is.  I have personally taken many high quality photographs with nothing more than a cell phone.  Come back often to improve your technical knowledge of travel photography.


Cardinal rule of thumb in photography is "it is not what you shoot that counts-but the way you shoot it". If you don't compose your subject what could have been a great image will be nothing more than a snapshot.  Composition does not have to be difficult.  My method of choice involves a little geometry and framing when I look through the viewfinder to make sure that all of the angles line up exactly as I want them before I press the shutter button.

Avoid the Middle:

It is very tempting to place your subject right in the center of the frame.  This is one of the mistakes in creative photography creating boring, static pictures.  An easy way to avoid this is to split your frame into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and try to place your subject in one of those imaginary line intersections.  Some cameras actually have a "grid" mode.  This setting is very helpful in accomplishing proper subject geometric framing. Of course, there are no hard fast rules when it comes to formatting as each photographic setting is unique.  Over time, with practice, you will learn to use your instincts.

 5 Travel Photography Tips:

Change your angle.  Avoid shooting everything from eye-level; try moving the camera higher or lower.  Images from a bird's eye view can make a refreshing change.

A well placed person can add human interest to improve an image - for example, to give a sense of scale to the port and fish market depicted in the photograph to the right.

Photographing individual details can tell as much about a place as the big picture.

There is nothing worse than cheesy posed pictures.  Grab candid pictures when the subject is unaware that you've photographing them for better results.

Get in close to your subject so they are recognizable; a common mistake is to have a person too small in the frame.

The beauty of shooting digital photography is that your can shoot - shoot - shoot and your concern is not the cost of film.  If your camera has a sequential shooting mode try using it.  You will be able to capture multiple photographs with one press of the shutter.  When you review them you can use the shot that is most pleasing to you.  Don't be afraid to experiment.  Be an artist; the world is your inspiration and the camera is your canvas.







Choose your subject, then format the scene so that it fans out geometrically from the center making all parts of the background part of the story.




Notice how the subject is left of center creating a story.  Where are they going?  What lies ahead beyond the top right side of the photograph.  Placement of the subject suggests movement.  Had the subject been in the center that perception would most likely have been lost.