Travel Photography Tips: Learning Composition

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Though my Instagram account has always maintained a fairly good engagement, my photographs periodically appear in mainstream travel magazines in India, a couple of travel cafes in India have even framed my pictures on their walls, I still believe that I am still learning more of travel photography every day. Photography is a skill that can only be learned over time. And the more you practice it, the better you become.

Its theory is unbelievably simple, however. Learn the basics of how four things — shutter speed, ISO, aperture and the focus work and you will technically accredit yourself as any other photographer out there. The only problem is, you will have to learn the composition, and that, my friend, is a skill that will come to you with time, and as you’ll practice.

Composition And Travel Photography

The key to impressive travel photography is ‘telling stories’. Your pictures, whether or not look professional, or give an impressive bokeh effect, must look aesthetically good. In other words, they must tell a story.

An easier way to achieve it is by capturing expression and composing the frame in a way it tells a story. For example imagine a worker offering you something in his hand, or a woman washing clothes, or a toddler playing with a camera. They all may make a perfect travel-photo moment, but may not give a good travel-photograph, unless you capture the subject’s expression and blend it with the moment to tell a story. By capturing the emotion or the expression (of the subject) and providing a bit more of what’s happening around in the frame, you add a new dimension to your picture.

Use your imagination, understand what’s important in the scene, and give the frame a meaning. Make a story out of it.

For example, in the same frame, if you can make the woman look a bit tired or agitated; the toddler, absolutely consumed in the moment; or the old man, perhaps submitted, they will all just make for a perfect travel-photo-moment.

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