More about travel photography
Following with the list of tips and rules to get your best travel photography (here is the the first half), keep on reading for the last part!
Sizes and proportions
This picture is not mine, but it is such a great example that I couldn’t help but include it!
This rule is something we tend to ignore just because we don’t think about it. Many times, we take a picture of this amazing, huge and magnificent place. When we are there, we think wow, let’s get all of it in the frame. That waterfall of so many meters high. And then, when you get home and go through your photos you realize that it just seems like any other small waterfall. If we don’t have any trees, people, cars, or anything to give proportion to the real size of the things on the picture, it no longer is that impressive. Add anything to escale the picture to!
Direction of the components
This little tip helps improve the composition in a more delicate way than the others. It is not always as usefull for travel photography as it is for pictures of people, but it can improve your shots!
Usually, everything we take a photography of has a direction. If it is a statue, or a person, the direction will be the place where the eyes are focusing. if we are shooting to a temple, for example, we will want that the lines following the building have space to flow. You don’t want to compact everything into a packed photography.
The past seven points help improving the composition of the photography. They can be used when shooting with the camera of a phone or with a professional DSLR. The following one regards the colours!
Deciding when to go shooting: the light
This tip will help you get pictures with nicer colours. Some times, we have to take a picture whenever we get to that place. Maybe we have to leave in a couple of hours. Or you just don’t feel safe going out there on your own late during the day. Independently of the reason, sometimes we just have to deal with whatever conditions we have. The result, some times the colours are not as nice as they should be.
The best time to get nice and realistic colours is when the sun is down. If you don’t mind getting up early, the best moment is sunrise. Perfect soft light (what equals to soft shadows and great colours) will be shining, and (most likely), you will be able to take pictures without people around! Otherwise, a similar effect will happen around sunset. You’ll get the soft lighting too, and the company of a horde of people or mosquitos, depending on where you are.
The following two points are only interesting if you have a DSLR. Otherwise, it can be a bit complicated to modify some of the parameters of the photography.
First of all, let me tell you what is the bokeh. This phenomena is the effect that we see when a part of the photography is perfectly focused but there is also a huge part that it is not. Even though in travel photography is not all that usefull, if you want to take a picture of a specific detail, getting a nice bokeh can turn your picture from normal to awesome.
How do you get it? (Sorry for the technical talking here)
You can get this effect by focusing in the object we want to have in detail from the minimum possible distance and setting the aperture to the max. The aperture is determined by the iris diafragma, a ring that opens and closes to allow light to pass. To get a nice and soft bokeh, you need a lens with much luminosity. Or what is the same, a low focal ratio. This focal ratio is the value that you see in your lense especifications after the f/__. The smaller the f-number, the better will be the bokeh you can get.
I don’t need to add that for this to work you should, at least, have the camera in semi-manual mode.
Shoot in RAW
My las tip to take nice photos with a DSLR regards the post-processing. There are re-framings that make fantastic, straightening that works wonders and colour modifications that can turn the picture into something completely different. Even though it is possible to process pictures when they are finished, the best way to get an impressive result is to work directly on the RAW file. This type of file leaves most of the parameters of the photography open for modification. This translates into a much better fine-tuning of anything in the picture. From shadows to bright lights or colours. The result will be much much better.
Once you have taken in all these tips and rules, and you have mastered their use… then it comes the best part. The part when you know them but you decide to play with them. You can learn tones about photography and then decide that you prefer to shoot to centered objects. Go ahead, at the end, this hobbie will just be another way to rememember where you have been. Enjoy. Have fun. If you like the result… You have reached perfection!
Also, if you want to know a bit more about the best lenses for travel photography… read this other post!