Whether you want to fill your Instagram account with vacation photos or you’re going to create professional-looking prints once you get home, here are eight photography tips every traveler should know.
1. Ask permission before shooting. This is especially important if you’re photographing an individual or group of people, but also if you’re shooting indoors at an event or attraction. Some attractions don’t allow photography.
Also, some people don’t want their photo taken or they don’t want photos of their children taken. Check out other Orlando travel tips from Hipmunk.
2. Once you’ve received permission to take someone’s photo, offer to send the image to them if they give you their e-mail address. This is a great way to get on their good side, either before or after you shoot the image.
3. Before quickly snapping the shot, think for a second about what exactly you want to capture. By taking an extra moment to focus, you can make an amateur image look much more professional. Think about what you want to include in the photo, what exactly it is you want to convey and the best way to take the shot.
4. Apply the rule of thirds, which says to position the subject of the photo so it’s offset by one-third, either to the left or right. You can apply this rule vertically, too. Centered subjects are the mark of an amateur photographer; to make your image more interesting, use the rule of thirds.
5. When capturing human or animal subjects, make sure to capture their eyes in at least one frame. This is the best way to capture their spark. Ideally, you’ll shoot while looking at the subject head-on. If you can’t get close to the subject, like if you’re shooting an animal from far away, use your zoom setting.
6. Use a flash even when you’re outside. You don’t only have to use the flash when you’re inside. For example, if bright sunlight is creating harsh light, the flash may get rid of some shadows. Just pay attention to the shutter settings so that you don’t overexposure your subject or the background.
7. Don’t distract from the subject of your photo with a bunch of stuff in the background. Make sure the background is free of signs, objects, other people and cars.
8. Fill the frame, whether while you’re taking the shot or by cropping during processing. If you’re shooting with your smartphone, it’s better to take the shot and then crop it later. If you use your iPhone or other smartphone to zoom, you’ll lose a lot of quality.
Not sure what images you should take during your trip? Check out what other travelers photographed while in the same area. This will help you start a shot list or at least get a good idea of what people find intriguing and worthy of a photo.
This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a complete travel platform that allows you to do everything from comparing charter flights and train rides, to finding the best resort hotels and Airbnb rentals.