You’re in a new country, you’ve got your camera, there’s stuff everywhere. Now it’s time to capture some photos that your friends will enjoy seeing. Don’t screw it up. Here are some quick tips to help with that:
1.) Change Levels â€“ Who says you need to be standing up to take a photo? Experiment with taking a knee, or lying down, or climbing up on something. Be especially cognizant of changing levels when shooting kids and animals, you should go down to their level. It will completely change the perspective of your photos.
2.) Buy the right camera for self-portraits – Often when traveling you will find yourself wanting to take a self-portrait or a shot of yourself and a friend. The right camera will make all the difference between a well composed shot and cutting someone’s head off. My choice for this type of shot is the Canon PowerShot G11 (They also have a G12 now!). This camera has a flip screen that can be opened and turned around so you can see what you are shooting while the lens is pointed at you!
My friend took the shot below with the G11. As you can see, it rocks. It has not been edited in any way. No photoshop, no cropping, no color balance, nothing. Not only that, it was the only one of these shots she took, not the best of a hundred. Why? Because with this camera she could see what she was doing and compose the shot perfectly before taking it. Wouldn’t you like to have some shots like this in your travel photo collection?
I know, I know… at this point you probably think I work for Cannon. I don’t. Believe me, if they asked me to do a commercial for them, I wouldn’t say no. But seriously, I just love this camera. It also shoots RAW, so you can start exploring the world of HDR photography at a reasonable price.
3.) Take Your Camera Off AutoFocus -Â Learn to use aperture Â and shutter priority modes.Â Yes, this means reading at least a page or two in your manual. Trust me, it’s worth it. You’ll be surprised how fun and easy it is to shoot in modes other than automatic. My favorite mode is aperture priority and I use it about 80% of the time. It gives me more control over my photos and I like that.
4.) Know When To Put The Camera Down â€“ You are on vacation!!! You need to be IN THE MOMENT to truly enjoy the beauty of where you are. Unless you are an amazing photographer, the sunset you are trying to get on your point and shoot is not going to look anything like it looked in person so be there and experience it. Also, keep in mind, NO ONE needs to see any more photos of you and your friends drinking in a bar, so just enjoy yourself, have some good conversations, meet some new people, embarrass yourself trying to speak the native language, drink too much, whatever, just step away from the camera.
CATS – Cats?! Yes, cats. Cats make good subjects. They’re cute as hell, they make funny faces and when they talk back it’s adorable.
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