Gadgets & Gears
3 Rules For Better Travel Photos
First of all, please note that i’m not a photographer. I have lots of friends who are a professional photographer, but no i’m not a photographer, yet!
Second of all, the three rules that i’m about to share to you, are designed for people who have no idea the differences between digital camera, pocket camera, point and shoot camera, DSLR camera, SLR camera, Prosumer, pro consumer camera, etc. Don’t worry you don’t have to know all of those things to have good travel photos. All you need is your digital camera / a smartphone in your hand and these 3 rules!
- Make sure the background is not crooked!
I don’t know about you, but when i travel i take lots of
selfiescenery photos. First rule is when i take the photo, i make sure the background is not crooked! Which means that the horizon of the background is leveled correctly. See image below for samples.
- Rule of thirds
When you have people (subject) + beautiful scenery in the background, make sure you frame the subject using the rule of thirds. Imagine the photo you are taking is broken into thirds both vertically and horizontally. The best spot to place your subject is at one of the crosshairs of these lines and try to place it along one of these lines for a more interesting photo. Some cameras already have “grid lines” option in the camera settings. I would suggest to turn it on to guide you doing the rule #1 & #2.
- CBC is your best friend.
CBC stands for Contrast, Brightness and Crop ( i made this up). CBC can be done easily using your favorite photo editor software/app. If you don’t have one, i would suggest Photoscape! It’s FREE and it has every basic things you need to edit your
amateurphoto. A good photo doesn’t need any editing, but then again nothing in this world is perfect, somethings need some “enhancements”. Normally when i have copied the photos from my camera into my laptop, i would open my Photoscape software and begin to enhance by adding more contrast, check if the photo is too bright or too dark, and then if i forgot the rule of thirds, i will crop it accordingly. Photoscape can also help you fix the crooked photo too (use the ‘Rotate Abitrary’ tool). So basically this software is GREAT for me……. and you!
I’m not saying when you follow these three rules, your photo will look like a photo taken by a professional photographer. But when you do follow these three rules, your photos will definitely look BETTER!
Last but not least, please remember that photo is an art and rules are made to be broken. So don’t be afraid to break the rules and be creative in making an art, your art!
@iamMariza – who (maybe) someday will make money from photography.
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