how to take better photos for your vacation

How to take better travel photos

Today on the blog, I have a special treat with some of my favorite resources on how to take better photos for your vacation of waterfalls, people, landscapes, and architecture.

You see, I’m a wedding photographer and therefore not the expert on some of these other niches of photography. It’s why I never offer image critiques or discuss basic photography on this blog. 

For me, photography is just a language that I speak. It’s always been easy for me and I’m not a big old tech nerd as far as camera gear. 

Therefore, I’m showcasing some quality blogs that address your most pressing travel photography questions. Enjoy!

How to Photograph Waterfalls

Waterfalls, rivers, and streams can be wonderful subjects for landscape photographers. Photos of moving water are utterly magical if done properly and luckily you won’t need a whole load of expensive…

via How To Photograph Waterfalls And Rivers Creatively

What Camera Settings are Best for Star Trail Photos

Have you been looking at amazing star trail images and wondering how these images were created or what the set up would have been to make these kinds of images? It is not so complicated or difficult…

via How To Setup Your Camera To Capture Perfect Star Trails

9 Creative Architecture Photography Techniques

The post 9 Creative Architecture Photography Techniques for Amazing Photos! appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Simon Bond.

It’s great to get a technically sound photo, and architecture photos demand this. Getting the technical side of your photo correct should be your first priority, but beyond that, it’s worth experimenting. In this article, you’ll learn about some creative photography techniques, and how you can apply these to your architecture photography.

Whether you adopt any of these for your work will be at your discretion, but having extra options for your photography is never a bad idea. So read on to find out which creative architecture photography techniques you could apply.

how to take better architecture photos on vacation
This photo of the Tokyo metropolitan government building has used a worm’s eye view, and a wide-angle lens.

1. A different perspective

Many architecture photos are taken at eye level. In other words, a standing composition from street level or an elevation that brings you level with the building if that’s available. This is far from the only way to photograph architecture though. Using extreme perspectives like worms eye or birds eye views can give dramatic results.

Worms eye view – This is likely to be the easiest perspective to achieve and works best when photographing taller structures. You can use this to emphasize interesting ceiling features or to take photos of skyscrapers from the base of the building. If you happen to be surrounded by tall buildings that are close to each other,

via 9 Creative Architecture Photography Techniques for Amazing Photos!

Street Photography: How to Anticipate the Shot

Timing your capture is critical in photography. In portrait photography it’s an expression; in landscape, it’s perfect light; in sports, it’s the moment of intensity. And in street photography, it’s…

via Quick Take: How Anticipation Leads To Better Street Photography

5 Beginner Landscape Photography Mistakes to Avoid (video)

Making mistakes when starting something new is a common part of the learning process, and the sooner you can identify and fix them, the faster you’ll progress within your new endeavor.

When I first started in landscape photography I certainly made my fair share of errors, but I didn’t realize it at the time, so I ended up repeating them over and over again.

In this 20 minute video, I discuss the five biggest landscape photography mistakes I made when I was starting out, in hopes that you can relate to at least one of these and correct it much faster than I did.

Mistake #1: Making Flat and Confusing Compositions

The majority of the photos I took in the beginning consisted of dull and confusing compositions. This image below is a prime example of a photo that lacks a main subject. Is it the rocks in the foreground, the island in the mid-ground, or the palm frond hanging down from the top?

This lack of a clear subject can leave the viewer confused as to what they’re supposed to be looking at.

how to take more interesting landscape photos

This image below is the complete opposite of that. The main subject of this image is obvious – the boardwalk leading up to the lighthouse. I prefer simple images that have a clearly defined purpose and this image fits the bill for me.

The second part of this has to do with depth. I recall being proud of the image below when I first captured it, but when I look back on it now I realize how flat this actually is. There isn’t a strong foreground element and the background drops off beyond the tree resulting in a flat photograph.

Now this image here includes a much greater sense of depth as there are multiple foreground, mid ground, and background elements.

via 5 Beginner Landscape Photography Mistakes to Avoid

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