Before you discuss the serious tips, you should not forget the basic rules. The first and most important tip is to keep your camera still. It is really a shame if you look at your picture at home or on your laptop at the hotel and he is moved. You can not enlarge your photo and hang it above the dining table if it is moved. Always hold your camera with two hands or use a tripod (although this is difficult to carry in your backpack ). In addition, it is important to keep your camera straight. There is nothing crazier than a slanting horizon in the picture. That is not right for your feeling so make sure you have the horizon right.
The rule of thirds – one of the most important rules when making photographs on a trip is the ‘Rule of Thirds’. It is a rule which, certainly with the beginning photographer, is sometimes skipped. The trick is to split the image into three equal parts. Whether that is horizontal or vertical does not matter that much. The object you want to photograph you place in one of the parts and not in the middle of the photo. Most cameras today have a built-in function for this.
Leading lines – When taking a picture, it is important to emphasize in the picture what you want to show. The person viewing the photo must have the same focus on the object that you have photographed. Most use lines for this. Not lines in the sense of a line on your screen but natural objects that bring the subject to the fore so that the person who looks at the photo first looks at the ‘main object’.
An example of this (which you see more often) are roads. A road or path in a picture of a beautiful landscape make sure that the person viewing the photo ‘follows’ the road into the landscape. As a result, the focus is automatically on the landscape itself. The same applies to train tracks.
Foreground and background
Foreground and background – The environment of your photo is one of the most important aspects of the photo. You often hear; ‘I took such nice pictures but not one picture shows how it really was’. And you might recognize that yourself. If you photograph a mountain, it does not look as impressive in the picture as in real life. This often has to do with the foreground (or background).
A photo is 2D, therefore our brain has difficulty placing something in scale as we really can. To indicate the size of something, it is advisable to look around what you want to put on the picture as a foreground or background. If there is a house in front of the mountain try to get it in the foreground of your photo so that the mountain looks bigger and it is easier for our brain to place. Always check your surroundings when taking a photo. At a mountain that can be a house or a temple, at the sea an island or boat and on the street can be the typical Asian eateries
Framing and Focus
Framing – Framing is a convenient and fairly simple way to take beautiful photos. And with frame we do not mean the frame with which you hang your photo on the wall but a natural ‘frame’ in the environment itself. You surround what you want to photograph, so that the emphasis is even more on the subject. Think for example of a door, two trees or an entrance gate.
Framing is good at temples in Asia. In temples you often have large doors, windows or gates where you can photograph ‘through’ and thus emphasize your subject. It is possible that the frame around the subject is larger than the subject itself but it is clear what you want to show with the photo. It is an easy technique to take beautiful pictures. So look around you for suitable frames.
Focus – by focusing on certain objects you can easily bring the object to the front. Nowadays you see more often that the object in the photo comes sharply and that the background of the photo is blurry. In this way the attention automatically goes to the object (or person) in the picture. Focusing is especially effective when you photograph people or animals. Focusing on a certain object or person is very easy. Most cameras have an automatic mode for these photos. In particular, check the ‘portrait or’ people ‘mode.
Learn to use colors
Use of colors – the use of the right colors is important when taking photos. A mix of the right colors in a photo can give a photo that little bit extra. Colors that go well together are blue and yellow or red and green. If you take a picture, look carefully in the environment if there are beautiful colors that you can take in the picture. A blue sky or colored roofs of houses in old villages are a good example. Also a market usually guarantees many colors or a green rice field. Colors are enough, you just have to pay attention!