Taking photos does not only require a great camera, but you need to know the best techniques to get the best frames. Photography is the most widespread hobby among people of all ages, but it is difficult to master. To take good photographs, there’s a set of skills you can work on if you are not a professional Photographer.
Most of us (including me), use the pictures for personal mean, as memories, and maybe to keep active social media. When you are a traveler by heart, it’s a lot more about taking pictures and living experiences, than to leave a print, or vandalize, or do the typical “X was here”. You meet friends and make memories of special moments.
Let’s be honest: When you are traveling, you are about living the experience and not just getiing the report from pictures. So first of all… ENJOY!
Furthermore, consider these 10 tips from professionals and take advantage of your next vacation to test these skills!
Choose the best camera for you. Not all cameras are for everyone.
Not all cameras are for everyone. Note: I’m talking about people who take pictures for fun and don’t have any professional training.
Some people like an old school-focus-with-the-rotating lens, and some are about smartphones and gopros. I can confess I have both. And I used to have one of those Waterproof cameras, but it fell to the floor, and the next time I used it, the waterproof seal had broken, and I had no more camera. Still, I would LOVE to have another one.
Decide what you want to carry, how much equipment you can handle, and the photos you want to achieve. There is every size, every price and every taste.
1. Be patient
One trend that has generalized in digital photography is the will to take photos constantly, creating a whole stock of similar photos of poor quality. It is important to wait for the perfect snap and take your time to analyze the mistakes you make. Choose the light, choose the target, and wait for the magic to happen. You’ll know exactly the moment you want to capture.
2. Be Flexible
You will not always have the perfect conditions for photographing, as in the case of sunset where the colors and the lights change quickly. You need to be flexible and adjust the settings of the camera to light changes. Whenever you take pictures sure not always take the same perspective, but vary slightly even if the position or the camera settings.
3. Know and handle the camera settings
This is essential for great results. Controlling the aperture, the shutter time … it’s more than theory, you need to know your camera and above all, practice a lot!. The main adjustments you need to know are the focus, depth of field and exposure. If you are working with a smartphone find the exposure, the focus and the HDR.
The best way to get that incredible shot, is to know the tools you are working with.
4. Learn to choose the right lens
When taking photos, not all objectives serve for all possible situations to snap, so it is essential to know to choose them. In low light scenarios you can choose a more specific focusing lens, to capture the little light there is. With photography in large spaces is better to use a wide angle, and to capture distant objects it is better to use telephoto.
5. Remember to always carry spare batteries and cards
A rule of thumb, since running out or no space on the card battery in a session is unforgivable. It is important that before you out on your photo hunt; think about what you should bring, and consider making a backup of the hard drive just in case. Still, nowadays we have GB over GB in small cards, so one or two spares will do the trick perfectly.
6. Use a tripod
This element is key to low light photography. The tripod is your friend. The tripod improves the stability of the camera, sharpness of images and focus on long exposure times. The trigger distance is a good idea to avoid camera shake when you press the button.
7. Power your creativity
The “photographer’s eye” is essential: try different angles and perspectives when you have a camera. Fear not shooting in bright light spaces because you can get great results, and finally previously inspect the place to get different or creative perspectives. I’m sure that you will great amazing ideas when you check out the site and the opportunities it offers!
8. Seek simplicity in your composition
Sometimes you want to be so faithful to the reality, that you overdo it. You include too many objects and generate the opposite effect. Try to be simple, that’s always a hit. Landscapes should be simple and respect the horizon. If you accompany it with an object in the foreground, it’s better. Also, keep in mind that the more you focus on single objects or spaces, the more you can capture the beauty, texture or feel of that place. Furthermore, it becomes more of a ticket to memory lane, because you will see them in your pictures as closely as you saw them live.
9. Get closer to the subject
When taking pictures of people, get close to them. Not only it is a good portrait but you can also absorb the reality of the place and generate impactful situations in photography. So you’ll capture his personality better and you will have a unique story. Taking photos of people is the best way to capture the experiences you have lived through someone elses eyes.
10. Never give up
Taking photos is very difficult because you must consider many variables, but it’s not impossible. If you persist and learn from your mistakes you will improve a lot. Review the results and find the problems in the composition and stories. You never know where your hobby can take you.
Taking photos is life!
Above all, cherish your memories and enjoy the ride! Taking photos may be one thing, but it’s important to live and breathe the moment you are in. Don’t be afraid to put your camera and phone down and enjoy the view with your own two eyes. Maybe you won’t be taking photos of the most amazing sunset you have ever seen, but breathing in and keeping the sight in your memory is a feeling you will always remember, no matter how many pictures you missed.