Indeed travels are the moments we usually take the majority of our pictures not only because we are more relaxed and we are enjoying our spare time, but also because we want to testify that we have been in the destination and moreover, we know that some things could be forgotten in a few days.
But sometimes we feel completely unsatisfied with the pictures we take because they appear empty and meaningless.
In order to create a more satisfying picture, we have to construct the image in the exact way we want it, paying attention at the composition. It can help us because it can change the effect of any photograph, even the most simple one, creating a more deep situation and improving your photograph.
Undoubtedly, as everything, even the photographer gaze must be trained. Beside the fact that our photo masters are able to help you in understand and put into practice this topic in all our photo tours, here there are some simple tips oriented to non professionals.
We invite you to consider them when shooting in order to reach a new level in photography, but consider that a creative, open-mind approach is always a plus!
1.Before shooting, consider why do you want to capture this element. What exactly really likes you? Is there something in the frame that shouldn’t be included in the photograph? Which sensations does this corner evoke?
Once you answer to all of these questions, you will be able to better focus the subject and meaning of your picture.
2.While shooting think about your audience but don’t let it overlap your sensitivity. In the end it is all about the journey and what you want to tell about it.
We already talked about the importance of the story behind a photo and the best ways to convey a specific idea in this post, so remember you are always shooting to tell something personal.
3. Follow the rule of the thirds. It is an useful rule that will help you in obtaining a more satisfying and less flat or static image.
It isn’t hard at all, just remember to trace two vertical and horizontal imaginary lines to divide the picture in 9 squares (some cameras help you in this as they already have these lines traced).
When you’re shooting, try to put the subject in one of the lateral squares; this will help you obtain a more dynamic and deep image. By the way, don’t abuse of this rule, a nice shot will be considered interesting and vivid even if you put the subject exactly in the center of the frame!
4. All the great landmarks have already been captured by anybody many times, creating the many beautiful postcards pictures we see on magazines and books.
To avoid this effect and create a more personal photo, find your own angle; otherwise, try to add some elements focusing on them and including the landmark only in the background, underlying in this way their size and shape, and obtaining a new perspective.
5. Choose a single focal point as a center of attention, then include a background in the picture to complete the frame and that could help you in the narration of the story. To give the background more or less importance, use aperture and focal length.
6. Don’t settle with the first shot, try one more and then another one. Go from horizontal to vertical and from left to right! You will choose later on the one you prefer.
7. Create the picture according to what you have around you. For example, use lines (like walls, fences or roads) to lead the gaze to a specific point or colors to attract it!