10 Tips For Taking Great Travel Photos To Frame At Home

10 Tips For Taking Great Travel Photos To Frame At Home

Rebecca Orlov
Jul 14, 2009

Summer is the season for travel. While you are enjoying new places, day trips and different size cities, capture your time with some great pictures to frame and later display in your home. After the jump, check out 10 tips for taking great travel photos.

1. Research your destination's best views to create a gallery. Before you set off on your adventure, spend some time researching the area and local attractions you will be visiting as well as places in your home you may want to create a wall gallery. When you later review photos to frame, you can create a neat collage out of all of your research.

2. Look for an interesting or unusual angle. Considering moving a bit left or right of your subject and turn the camera on an angle. Or shoot high or low by crouching down and shooting up towards the subject or standing on something taller and shooting down towards it.

3. Don't shoot all of your subjects in the center. Consider framing your subject off-center by following what is called the "rule of thirds". This is when you place your main subject roughly one third of the way from the top, the bottom or the sides of the photograph.

4. Go vertical. Turn that camera and shoot vertical shots to capture high and low. Shoot a series of verticals to later frame at home.

5. Get in close. Get in close to reveal interesting details and composition.

6. Enjoy the "magic hour". Some amazing photographs can be taken during what's known as "magic hour" - the hours immediately before or after sunrise and sunset. The light is golden at this time and the colors are more intense. I took this photo driving by the beaches in San Diego minutes after the sun had set.

7. Frame your subject. Whether you are shooting a person or a large landscape valley, look for leading lines that will give depth to your picture.

8. Showing scale. If you are shooting something large, try placing something smaller in the foreground to show the scale.

9. Turn around. Don't forget to look behind you and see what's going on. You may be surprised at what's in the other direction.

10. Consider your background. While you are focusing on your subject, don't forget to consider the background action and what you want. If you want a clear shot of a landscape, wait for the action (cars, people, etc) to get out of the way and then go for it.

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