“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”
– Irving Penn
Okay, so not everyone can be an award winning National Geographic photographer. Sometimes, you just want a decent batch of travel photos you can share with your family and friends back home.
Capturing beautiful images is part skill, part equipment and part subject – although many will say that skill is the most important.
These days, smartphone photography is considered an art form in itself. That little device in your pocket is a wonderful piece of equipment which can capture vistas as well as (almost) any digital camera, and filters mean you can effortlessly add mood and effect with a tap of a finger.
When it comes to finding interesting subjects, you’re in no better position than when you’re travelling. Everything tends to be new, fresh and exciting, meaning it shouldn’t be hard to find beauty and unique perspectives everywhere you look.
That leaves us with skill. It goes without saying, the more you practise something, the better you’ll become at it. Create photo assignments for yourself before you set off. Explore the streets of your hometown before exploring the streets of cities abroad. You’ll appreciate your local area a bit more, and have a better idea of how to use your equipment.
But of course, there’s no better motivation for improving your photography skills than to take great snaps while you’re travelling. Once you’ve captured the world for yourself, edit your photos. The pros do it, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t either.
If you’re a happy snapper, a simple crop and colour adjustment can bring your snaps to life. If you’re a semi-pro, improving your editing skills is an effective way of improving your photos before buying new gear. Camera envy can affect anyone, so don’t get immediately sucked in.
Keen on turning your photography game up a notch? Have a look at our infographic below for a better idea of how to improve your snaps.
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