Travel Essentials: Photography 101
April 23, 2016
The best camera is the one you have with you, so no need to splurge on a really impressive digital SLR if you don’t need to. Most phones have cameras that take more-than-good-enough pics, and you’re already carrying your phone anyway, so no need to fuss with an additional thing that could get stolen or lost. Learn a few photography 101 basics about composition and lighting, then study up on how best to use your phone’s camera, and you’re close to taking professional travel pics.
- Use the rule of thirds. Divide the picture into thirds horizontally and vertically. Use those imaginary lines, especially the intersections, to place the important elements of your pics.
- Change your perspective. Take pictures from a lower angle to add height and importance to your subjects.
- Add depth to landscapes by including something in the foreground.
- Avoid backlighting (having the sun behind your subject) and, where possible, the harsh mid-day sun. The morning and evening light will make your pictures look professionally lit.
Pictured: Sunset from the Eurostar last August, heading from Paris to London. Taken with an iPhone 5S.