Ever wonder what it takes to snap the perfect pic? Globe trotter and professional photographer Kristin Repsher reveals the secrets to taking beautiful travel photos.
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What is the secret to taking beautiful travel photos?
Don’t get to a location and start blindly shooting in every direction. Often, a new place will be overwhelming and you’ll want to get photos of everything, but trying to squeeze everything into one shot will result in a cluttered photo that doesn’t necessarily show how the place felt to you.
I usually like to take a few minutes when I arrive to look around and get a feel for where I am and what is really important to the scene, and then I focus in on those elements and compose my shot around them. Below I describe some of the rules I tend to follow when composing my shots (although like all good rules, they are made to be broken as well!).
Tip #1: Get down low
Crouching down to take your photo can make a huge difference. This angle of view is often more appreciated because it is not the standard eye-level view that almost everyone sees. It also lets you capture more details of the foreground, such as the uneven lines of a cobbled street, or in this case, the reflections of the canoes in Emerald Lake.
In this case, it meant a precarious balancing act as I tried not to fall into the water while crouching just on the water’s edge!
Tip #2: Go off the beaten path
Tip #3: Use perspective
Sometimes, you’ll find yourself in a place that begs to be captured without any evidence of the hand of man — for instance, an epic mountain landscape or a rugged seashore. Being a landscape photographer, I’ve taken more than my fair share of these myself!
However, it can often be hard to convey just how vast a landscape is if there is no point of reference for the viewer. If you can find an angle that incorporates a person, it can really amplify the effect of the photo. For instance, in this photo, the wave would not seem nearly as large if it didn’t look like it was about to engulf a fisherman and his son!