Considering the integral role they play during our travels, it would be desirable to know how to make the most use of our cameras so that we are left with compelling photographs and crisp memories. Let's take a look at five fundamental things one should know to be able to capture a picture that is indeed worth a thousand words!
1. Functionalities of Your Camera
If you are interested in using your cell phone to capture photographs, make sure you are aware of the different applications that can enhance the capabilities of your phone camera. Did you know there are applications that can control the shutter speed of your phone camera? You might just be able to produce the same effect for the water with your phone, in case you don't have a DSLR.
2. Understanding Light
Further, have you heard of the Golden Hours? If you wish to get that soft, golden glow in your photographs, try to get out and explore your destination during the early hours after sunrise and just before sunset. Visit this website to figure out the times when Golden Hour begins at your destination.
3. Understanding Color
There's a reason why a lot of companies use red in their logos. It catches the viewer's attention. In a similar way, the colors in your photograph determine whether it will appear appealing to the viewer or not. That is where color contrast comes into play. Having a basic understanding of the color wheel can give you an idea regarding how to better compose your photographs.
There's a reason why the red flower in a green valley stands out. And it's the same reason which makes us glance a second time at a photograph of a blue hot air balloon against an orange sky.
Though there are no fixed rules regarding composition, experience and experimentation have taught us certain techniques that can rarely go wrong. These include the Rule of Thirds, Symmetry, the use of shapes and lines, experimenting with different viewpoints, etc. A simple trick to make yourself aware of the composition of your photographs before you capture them is to roll your eyes over the entire frame of the photograph to confirm that you aren't allowing any disturbing elements into your photograph. That stray branch which is sticking out from the left corner? You might want to zoom-in to crop it out.
Experimenting with online and mobile photo-editing applications can help immensely! Snapseed, a mobile application, is one such go-to photo-editing app (Download- Android or iOS). Check it out if you have some precious photographs that need to be saved.
Often, we are so overwhelmed with information that we fail to make a move. The five basic points mentioned above do not constitute everything you need to know to be a better travel photographer. However, refer to them as a checklist. Do you know your camera inside out? Are you aware of how to control the light in your photographs and not let it control you? Can you point out color contrast when you see it? Are you paying attention to the composition, to diversify your photographs? Do you know everything that a photo-editing application can do to enhance your photographs? Wherever you find yourself lacking, make it a point to research it in depth and then, implement your knowledge during your next travel journey. And, do share the photographs with us!
Written by Priyanshi Sheth
"Namaste!" from a creative, Indian soul who aims to keep herself motivated as she writes, travels, photographs, and thereby, shares her knowledge.