If you’re looking to improve your photography game, in the context of travel photography- you came to the right place. Here are some simple tips I’ve learned along the way that can be applied and practiced with any photographic device- including your cell phone!
1.) Be Shameless:
When I say be shameless, I’m talking about how you position yourself while taking a photo. Great photographers know that standing up straight and taking a photo rarely gets you the best image. Get down on your knees in the mud, on the concrete, or stand on top of a boulder and do it shamelessly. Angles are key in beautiful composition of a photo, find one that works for your subject.
2.) Grab a Wide Angle Lens or Use your Panoramic Function:
Everything you’re trying to capture is often so massive, that you will need this. My trip to Olympic National park was a personal reminder that I needed to invest in a wide angle lens, but I made due with my cell phone or I stitched photos together. Before a trip I usually reach for a 20-30mm lens for my full sensor DSLR, while you might want a 16-20mm for a crop sensor. I would research wide angle lenses for your camera body, if you’re unsure. If you don’t want or have a camera with wide angle capacity- your cell phone probably does! Use the panoramic function on your cell phone for a wider angle frame. You often don’t need to use the entire track for the panoramic function, to get everything you want: the photo won’t look a mile long if you don’t want it to! See photos in the slideshow below taken on my cellphone, during my trip to the Olympic Peninsula, showing the clear difference it truly makes.
3.) Framing your Photo:
Composition: this is combining all the important aspects already noted to capture a great photo. I think all rules are meant to be broken in photography, but a good one to practice and get familiar with as a beginner is the “rule of thirds”. Often, if there’s very little going on in the frame- it doesn’t always look nice having your subject smack dab in the middle, but often to the side or in the corner of the rule of thirds grid. In the aspect of landscape or travel photography, you often don’t want the horizon to fall right in the middle of the frame- meaning, you want more of the sky or more of the ground in the photo- with your subject being in the middle or even other areas of the frame. This is up to you, just be open-minded as to how you would like to frame the photo- don’t just point and shoot- be creative with your framing. Your phone cameras often include the rule of thirds grid; get out there and practice this now!
Often people think that photography is an inherent skill. You’re either gifted or you’re not, and that is not true. Anyone can become a great travel photographer, you just have to practice and get familiar with the resources you have.
I hope you found this useful- I would love to know if these tips helped you at all. Please comment below or tag me in your photos you post on Instagram, giving me feedback! Happy Travels!