Summertime is when so many of us take to the road-or plane or ship- and travel away from home. I’m no different from the rest, traveling locally back and forth from Brooklyn to the Poconos this summer. While I am not visiting exotic destinations right now, many of you know my last year has been filled with exotic places.
On every trip I have taken a camera (other than my phone) to record the beauty and fun experiences I had. But, at times, I came home and looked at my pictures and was disappointed that they didn’t look nearly as exciting as they did when I was there. Although I am not a professional photographer, I have learned some tricks for getting better trip photos.
- When you are photographing something in the distance, whether inside or out, don’t use your flash. A flash only illuminates 8-11 feet. Therefore, it does nothing to get those domed ceilings and the like. Instead, turn off your flash and set your digital camera’s white balance to automatic AWB. This will adjust your shutter speed to the available light
Interior Budapest Synagogue with flash
Budapest Synagogue interior with no flash
- Add interest to your pictures by shooting through a framing element, such as a window or gate or through arches as in this photo in Budapest.
- Change your perspective. If there is something special that you have noticed on the ground or in nature or a cool detail, get in real close. When you have zoomed in on that scene, make sure that you place the focus on the part of the image that you really want to see. As seen in this picture, I wanted to see my little green friend and depth of field made the flora in the picture kind of fuzzy, an effect I really like.
- When shooting a landscape (or seascape), play with your zoom. While keeping your distance will give you more information, zooming in will give you a more dramatic photo.
- Shooting a vista can be disappointing but if you include some close elements in the shot, you may dramatically improve it.
I hope these tips help your pictures come closer the beautiful memories that you made. I’d love to hear about and see your favorite travel photos in your comments below!