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By: Caty Dioguardi and Shanna Alexander (justin) 2011.02.13

Get a crash course on taking successful and inspiring travel photos.
Article and Photos by Caty Dioguardi and Shanna Alexander

There are two types of photos in the world. First, there are the ones of you standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. These are nice keepsakes for yourself, but don’t necessarily allow others to feel as if they are experiencing the trip with you. And most travelers take these kind of photos.
The second type of photos, the ones that set you apart, include portraits of people along the way, your activities, some architecture and, well, photos that show you had a good time. These photos will bring viewers into the world you are exploring.

The following tips will help you to take some great photos, but remember the most important rule of photography: have fun and soak it all in.


Complete your repertoire
Take photos of local buildings, statues, landscapes and nature. Pigeons by the cathedral may not need 20 pictures.

1. Sunsets are always nice, but be mindful to capture them while featuring the landscape.

2. While shooting the whole bush with the flowers may make a nice shot don’t be afraid to zoom in and get a close up detail of the flower, these can often be more interesting.

3. When shooting structures, use a creative angle or perspective instead of just pointing your camera and taking a picture of a building from eye level.

Photograph the locals
You are surrounded by them (unless you are at the Eiffel Tower) so interact by taking a photo.

1. Make sure you ask the person if you can take their picture before snapping away.

2. Always try to catch an interesting expression with the camera.

3. Do not shoot the person standing extremely far away. or too close.

Timing is everything
Take a second to find the sun. It makes a world of difference.

1. Be aware of the lighting conditions.  Do not shoot photos with patchy light or in the middle of the day.

2. If your subject is wearing a baseball cap, take them into the shade, take the hat off or turn it around so you can see their eyes.

3. For portraits or close ups, make sure your subject’s eyes are in focus.  There is nothing more distracting than blurry peepers.

Framing, an exceptionally useful tool, is when you use the surroundings to create a frame for the action. 

1. A frame within a
picture helps to contain your subject and keep your viewer focused.

2. Keep an eye out for anything that can be used as a frame. Shoot through leaves, tree branches, or a window.


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Here is our experience in Jamaica

Note the Red Stripe beer and the colorful sign “To the Beach.” These types of images help create a more intimate perspective for your audience.



On a final frame: Switch cameras with your friends (only if you trust them) and take shots for their own photo album.


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