Smartphone Photography 101: Five Tricks For Taking Better Travel Photos –

Are you a photography enthusiast who is planning a vacation and wondering what camera to take?

While the image quality might be better on a DSLR, but carrying around bulky camera equipment in foreign countries isn’t quite a good idea.

So, perhaps you should reconsider.

The purpose of travel photography is for us to document our memories and highly likely we will share them with family and friends (*cough* Instagram *cough*). So, smartphones win hands-down in terms of portability and convenience.

Have a look at the five important things (at least I think so …) to consider to make your travel photos a much better ones 😉

Know the Rule of Thirds (and when not to use it) –

Image Source: Take & Talk Pics 
This, my friends, is the golden rule of photography.
Divide the canvas into thirds (and you will eventually have nine equal grid squares). The most interesting element should end up where the interception of lines are.

You can place your element slightly to the left or to the right — your choice. This will create a strong composition and focuses on the object.

This rule works 90% of the time. But feel free to also experiment.

Rethink the Cliche Shots –

Keep your eyes open for unique photo opportunities — and don’t be afraid to take a shot.
The best thing about smart phone photography: if you don’t like the shots, you can delete them later. But if you don’t take it in the first place, you’ll have no idea how it’ll turn out. Right?

Experiment with the angles and viewpoints. The last thing you need is shooting something the same way as everybody else.

Shooting from low angle is one way to show the scene from a different perspective. Something one will unable to see at a standing height.

So leave the cliché shots to tourists and try something new!

And oh. Don’t forget to look down, too 😉

Make Connection. Get Closer to People. Local People –

The sceneries might be beautiful.
But sometimes we tend to forget that the locals have their own stories to tell too. If you’re shooting from a distance, no problem. But if you’d like to take a close-up shot of them — please, please, please — be polite and ask for permission first.

I find it interesting to photograph people in their own environment. It helps contextualize the portrait and viewers will be able to see what’s there.

Don’t Use the Flash –

Never, ever use the flash. Unless it is absolutely necessary.
It ruins the quality and will wash out your photographs. But instead, play with the dark. Use the contrast to create an amazing shot.

Hard to believe, maybe. But try it.

Let Your Photos Tell Stories –

A good photo tells a story. And that’s what photography is all about — letting viewers in to the experience while not being there physically themselves.

Sometimes the action of the subject tells a story by itself.

Image Source: Elle’s Studio

The trick is: compose your subject well and take a shot at the right time. You need to often do this quickly so use the burst mode (simply hold the shutter down to take series of shots — on an iPhone) and pick the best shot later.

There you have it — some really simple tricks to help you during your next travel.
Be open to experimenting, too.

Enjoy!