Jay Nunn

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Jay Nunn

Travel Essentials: Photography 101


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.

The Lifehacker Basics of Composition tutorial and the iPhone Photography School are great places to start, but here are a few quick tips:

  1. 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.
  2. Change your perspective. Take pictures from a lower angle to add height and importance to your subjects.
  3. Add depth to landscapes by including something in the foreground.
  4. 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.

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