Kamis, 03 Mei 2012

How to Take the Perfect Travel Shots.


How to Take the Perfect Travel Shots.

Award-winning travel photographer Robin Moore has snapped everything from Lamu landscapes to wild lions – and catalogued some of it in his book Kenya, A Visual Journey. But how do us mere mortals capture travel snaps a pro would be proud of? Robin shares his advice…

Change perspectives
Most photographs are shot from eye level, but this may not be the strongest composition. Try lying on the ground or climbing on a rock. It is amazing how much a change of perspective can strengthen a shot!

Go out in the middle of the day
Many photographers say they leave their camera behind in the middle of the day because the light is bad. The light is just different. Try experimenting with the hard light and capture portraits in the shade. Test your creativity under different light. While early morning and evening light has a magical golden quality that should not be missed, some of my favourite shots have been taken at this time of day.

Play with camera exposure
Cameras these days are pretty good at telling you the ‘correct’ exposure for a scene, but not the ‘creatively correct’ exposure. Try under-exposing for deep blue skies or over-exposing to blow out the sky behind your subject.

Use full flash in broad daylight
Use your flash in the daytime to fill in hard shadows cast by the sun on your subject, and keep a nice deep blue sky. Make sure you have a subject that is quite close to the camera or your flash will have nothing to illuminate.

Focus on the eyes
If you’re on safari and want to get a great portrait of an animal my advice is to fill the frame, avoid distracting backgrounds and focus on the eyes.

Be respectful of cultures
Be bold and respectful when photographing strangers. Engage with the subject, seek their permission and show them the shot in the back of your camera. If you act nervy they will not be relaxed; a smile goes a long way.

Images courtesy of Robin Moore, robindmoore.com
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