Every now and then, we need to get out of the house and escape the chaos of everyday life. Far away on another continent or just around the corner: Travel helps us regenerate energy and experience new things. When we return, we’re refreshed and ready to take on our daily challenges with a positive energy. For the times in between travel, we have the pictures to help us take a little time-out. After all, an important part of travelling is taking photos of the things we see, the people we meet, and of course ourselves in new places. But how do we make sure that these photos turn out great and what can we do to make the most of them? That’s what this article will help you find out.
Taking the perfect picture
We’ve all been there: the moment is perfect, the camera is ready, you take the picture and you move on. Later, you check your phone or camera and notice that someone’s eyes were closed or the picture is blurry. A shame? Absolutely. A necessary evil? Absolutely not! Our smartphones are equipped with all you need to take a brilliant picture and if you have a camera, you’re also set to get the perfect travel photo. In order for your photo to be a success, you just need to pay attention to a few details:
1. Camera settings
Depending on the type of camera you use, you’ll find there are lots of settings to choose from. While there are lots of tips and tricks for manually selecting modes and settings, it’s easiest to choose one of the standardised modes such as portrait, landscape, or aperture. By the way: Aperture is the setting that lets you unfocus the background or foreground for a creative effect.
Light can make your photo a work of art or a complete disaster. It begins with the simple decision of where and how to stand in front of the camera: Light from the back is a difficult effect to capture without losing details in the photo, for example. When taking a portrait picture, let the light come in from the side or from behind the camera. That way, your portrait will be ideally lighted. From the side, you’ll also get some nice shadow effects on faces. The ideal time to get good and warm light for your photo is the early morning or the late evening when the sun is just rising or setting.
3. Angle & positioning
Whether you’re taking a family or a landscape photo, positioning can make quite the difference. There’s actually a rule of thumb you can use to make your photo look good: The golden rule. It says not to place the horizon in the centre of the image but rather give a third of the picture to either the sky or the ground. Also, placing the people in a portrait a little to the right or left of the centre makes a picture look more natural and expressive. If possible, try out angles, for example a photo from above or test the frog perspective from below.
4. Quantity makes quality
Not all pictures will be a success! That’s the whole point of trial and error. That’s why you should always, always take multiple photos of the same shot. Sure, you’ll end up with a lot of photos, but it’s easier to delete four out of five pictures and end up with one excellent photo than realise you sneezed in that one picture you took. When you try out different angles and positions, you may even be surprised to find quite a few excellent pictures.
What to do with your travel pictures
Once you’ve returned and sorted through those excellent shots, it’s time to enjoy them. While it’s great that technology has made it possible to look at all our pictures at any time, sometimes that’s just not the same as holding pictures in your hands – in the real world, no bytes involved. There are some great ways to use your travel photos, for instance:
1. Get prints
It’s simple, it’s fast, and it’s pretty: Order prints of your photos and use them to decorate your home. There are lots of ways to do so: Use picture frames or create a collage or create a world map with your travel photos! The possibilities are endless and you always get to look at them and remember the places you’ve been. It’s like a little holiday from the everyday madness.
2. Get a photo book
It’s a classic that will always be in style: Create a photo book to tell whole stories about the places you’ve been and the things you’ve seen! It’s not only a great way to keep those memories fresh but also a wonderful gift for your immediate family. If you’re concerned about the price, don’t forget that there are many sites that offer photo book deals and also help you find the right product for your needs.
Isn’t it wonderful to live in a world where practically everything is customisable? From smartphone covers to keychains or even pillow covers: You can put your photo on almost anything. That means that you can have your favourite family travel picture with you at all times and thus remember those special moments away wherever you are, outside of your phone.
So there it is: There are many ways to make your travel photos count. At the end of the day, the most important part is and will always be that you enjoy your time away from home and use the time to relax and see and experience new things. The photos are simply a wonderful reminder of what you’ve seen and can give you the chance to dream yourself back to those places.