I am the guess blogger over at 2GypsyGirls. I was asked to give some travel photography tips so I thought that I'd post 3 tips here and 3 tips over on their blog. So here they are:
- CAPTURE MOVEMENT.Point and shoot cameras are so sophisticated now - the new ones have as many megapixels as my 10 lb Nikon SLR and give you so much flexibility on setting the aperture (how wide the lens opens) and the shutter speed. If you have either an SLR or a point and shoot that lets you set your shutter speed, this is a wonderful technique for creating a stunning photograph. You'll need either a steady hand or tripod. I actually took this photo without a tripod. You will want to start with a shutter speed of around 1/30th of a second. If you are a pretty steady hand, try 1/15th of a second to create even more blur. Take a photo where your background is a stationary object and the foreground has something that is moving in it. If you don't get the amount of blur you want then make your shutter speed a little slower. The lower the number the slower the shutter speed.
- ANCHOR the FOREGROUND. Placing something in your foreground (usually in the bottom third of your photo) will really anchor it and give the viewers eye a place to rest. It's a visually pleasing placement and can really add interest to your photo.Try lining up the object you are using as an ancho so that it goes to the bottom left or right corner of your viewfinder.
- SHOW SCALE. When I'm taking photos of really large structures such as cathedrals or something in nature like a waterfall or mountain, I like to add something that will show the scale. In this photo of Chartres Cathedral I used people to show just how massive the inside of it is.