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When you drive through the mountains somewhere, and you see a car parked half off the road and some people leaning to the left to avoid a branch with his Rebel 2000 camera in the act of focusing, you’ve met me. I do this because, for me, the trip is not fulfilling unless I’ve preserved that beauty for posterity. I wanted to share some techniques that make photography a beautiful view like artform – simple, yet elegant.

First, the equipment. Invite as many as a cheap disposable camera, right. These cameras have fisheye lenses which I call “spam” lenses. They cram everything in, with equal blurriness and boringness. Good photos are sharp, unless you use blur for artistic effect. Sharp comes from the lens is adjusted. This can be fixed or zoom lens, but it must focus specially for each picture. fixed lens limits for a beautiful picture, in which to frame your picture may need to move long distances. Imagine using a fixed lens on the Washington Monument, when you’re half a block away! Raising get my vote, although they often do not have as wide an aperture, which limits their capabilities in low light situations.

Practically speaking, SLR is the best. They are lighter, and can be used with the best quality lenses. Film SLRs tend to be cheaper, but has limited movie means you have to get it developed and so forth. Digital SLRs are VERY expensive, so for the budget conscious either go with a film SLR or a high quality basic digital camera. With digital, resolution is also an important factor, so look at specs before you buy.

OK, we’ve got the camera, emotions run high, and that’s good, but not too big! Sometimes I find a place so beautiful, I start shooting like a madman, only to be disappointed by the photographs. What happened? Emotion. When you experience a place, there are sounds, smells and wind as well as visual place. Needless to say, you can not capture all of these elements, only the visual. When overwhelmed by the beautiful spectacle of hotspots, we are often overwhelmed by all the elements.

So what should be done? Look through your camera. viewfinder does not lie (usually). Try to see what you’re looking at a finished picture. Most people perfunctorily take pictures, hoping that somehow the shot will come out great. If you’re wondering how to get out the picture when you are on the road to the drugstore to get them, you’re doing something wrong. When you click the pic, you should know exactly what you’ll get. (Of course with digital, it’s not a trick!).

Now, I was a boy not being honest by saying that you can not capture all the elements of a scene. You can guide them. For starters, motion. Yes, even in still images, there is motion. Something happened before, during and after your picture. In a mountain vista scene, you may find something that suggests movement, whether it be a branch of a tree that has been swaying in the wind, or a river that flows through the valley below. This adds a sense of motion.

Then there’s the “rule of thirds.” When you place the main object of the picture blow-dab in the middle, it was static and boring. Place a third of the way from the good side, and you imply motion. Put the horizon in a landscape photo a third of the way up or down, not in the middle.

Remember, when someone sees a picture, move their eyes. You want your photo frame to help the movement. If you can find some lines in place, like a skyline, cloud formation, path through the forest, etcetera, use it interesting, and the rule of thirds to draw your viewers eye into the picture.

Avoid “summit syndrome.” You can get to the top of Mount Washington and shoot a magnificent vista. Great. The pictures came out … boring! How? No PERSPECTIVE. Big vistas will be flat unless you have an object in the foreground, such as stone or tree, to give perspective. Then the eye really capture how great this scene. People enjoy seeing is the real winner, because the audience can identify with their emotions, giving the image real impact.

Cheese! Yes, you have to take a family photo. It’s mandatory. But when you do, make sure that they show LOCATIONS photos. If not, you might as well do it in front of your home. Frame the scene in context, with landmarks as part of the picture. Discover how to find out as a story in pictures, like the little Sara climbing the rocks by the waterfall.

Finally, each element in the picture that suggests the senses more than just going to create incredible visuals. Actor headshots for example, talked about the subject. You can almost hear them say the next line. If you photograph a garden, viewers may experience the smell of flowers. A tourist street with an accordion player on the corner might be amazed your friends whistling “Dixie.”

In summation, picture taking on travel is recording the experience satisfying manner. Use motion, perspective, sense, telling stories and so forth, to bring your images to life. Oh, and needless to say, make your job easy and go to great places! See you on ignore!

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