November 2017

Take memorable photos with these 5 tips

If you are on Instagram, you must have noticed that some pictures uploaded by some of your friends while on vacation look so professional they could be bought by travel companies. The photos highlight great mastery of the art of photography and this is something that you might want to become a pro at too. When you travel, whether on your honeymoon or your vacation, you also want to save memories and nothing does it better than having photos and videos of the different scenes you encounter.

Summit Shah is a travel enthusiast who has also shown interest in photography and through the number of times he has traveled across the world, he has taken the time to do some research about enhancing his skills in travel photography. To help you take great photos when you travel, here are five key points he highlights that you should note to become a perfect photographer.

Tips For Taking Great Photos When You Travel

The human brain is always looking for patterns and when this is factored in during photography, it becomes easy to produce high-quality photos. Composition includes considering symmetry, shapes, and the use of interesting figures in your photos. Understanding patterns is the solution to producing highly impressive travel photos. These rules will help you master the art of utilizing pattern s in your photography.

Observe the rule of thirds

1. The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the most important tricks in photography that will help you produce high-quality photos when you travel. Basically, in the rule of thirds, you are advised to break the image into three equal parts and once you do this you should make sure to place vital compositional elements within those thirds. You could turn on gridlines on your camera to get assistance doing this, but basically what you need to do is ensure you place the subjects at the points where the lines intersect as this will draw the attention of the viewer more naturally because it is here where the focus is first directed.

Use leading lines to help focus the subject

2. Leading lines

Another factor you should understand is ensuring you make it easy for the viewer to understand the subject and focus of the image. To achieve this, you could use leading lines, which is using natural geography and other features that the eye can see in the first instance before leading to the subject. One excellent option is using roads or a railway line, or any other pattern that forms lines.

This comes in handy when you want to do big landscape photos. It could be applied while hiking, walking across streets, or at any place where you can find a straight patter leading into a distance. This is one of the best ways to express your love of travel and appeal to the theme of your tour.

Frame your subject

3. Framing

Framing is a compositional technique that involves hanging a picture in a frame. It is more about applying what is near you to perfectly frame the subject and illustrate to the viewer the message in the shot as well as draw their attention into the scene. Look around for cues that help you to identify good frames like trees, vegetation, and windows or doors.

You could even place the subject between two other objects as long as you do it in a manner that does not lose the subject to overemphasis introduced by the framing objects. Just experiment to find out how you could position the photo to achieve the effect in a more precise manner.

Tell a story with photos

4. Storytelling

While taking a picture, you are actually preserving a story and the way you do it affects how the viewer will decode it. Look at the background to decide if it helps in passing the message you have in mind while doing the photo. You need to ask yourself what you will think about after looking at the image later. So, your composition must include the most interesting features of the journey that you think are worth preserving.

This could be people or even events and places, so to package the message well, ensure the background helps to communicate the message you are relaying in a precise manner. Do a shot that will inspire you later to want to go back for more. This might look challenging, but with practice, you will appreciate the art of doing it.

Focus on your subject by blurring the background

5. Focal points

One of the ways you could ensure people focus on that part of the photo you want them to look is by utilizing focus as a technique. In this technique, you blur the rest of the mage while leaving the subject to focus. A good example is during a wedding or while photographing in the wild and you are only interested in one subject; in this case you will have to lay more emphasis to the said subject while blurring out the rest of the environment.

By following these tips, you will have memorable, high-quality photos.

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Bio: Summit Shah is an allergy doctor based in Columbus, Ohio whose avocation is taking high-quality travel photos. You can see his work on his website.

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Shaker Village Summer Engagement Photos

Photo by Kevin and Anna

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

An engagement session is absolutely a must with your photographer before your wedding. This can be one of the most important things you do before your special day. It is important to create a friendship with your photographer so that you can be comfortable with them on your wedding day. Your photographer can’t wait to capture the genuine love between you and tell your love story for generations to come. Here are the top 4 reasons why engagement sessions are truly invaluable.

September Engagement-Session at Shaker Village

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Why Plan An Engagement Session With Your Photographer

Helps You To Get To Know Your Photographer

You will spend more time on your wedding day with your photographer than anyone else. That being said getting along with your photographer and trusting them on your wedding day is of the utmost importance. Your photographer wants more than anything for you to trust their ideas and value their vision for their day. They want you to enjoy every minute of their wedding and not feel stressed or overwhelmed. A photographer’s goal is for you to be able to let go and let them take care of you on your wedding day. Engagement sessions always help to solidify that trust and help bring everything together.

Kevin and Anna Photography at Red River Gorge

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Gets Rid Of Your Photo Jitters

Your photographer understands just how nerve-racking it is to get your pictures taken. Being nervous is normal, and that is the main reasons why you should do engagement sessions. Why not get rid of your photo nerves months before your wedding in a laid back and fun environment?  Grooms have shown up to their engagement session not very excited about getting their pictures taken. They leave not only rocking their session but saying that they had a fantastic time. It’s a photographer’s goal to have so much fun that they are laughing uncontrollably with you. Your photographer loves bringing out the love and emotion between you as a couple and having a blast in the process.

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Photo by Kevin and Anna

You Will Know What To Expect On Your Wedding Day

It’s not uncommon for people to be nervous when they show up for their engagement session. It is so awesome to see couple’s transformation later when they show up for their wedding with confidence and excitement about their photos. Not only will you already be comfortable with the photographer’s poses ,but you will know firsthand just how easy and fun they are. This will help your wedding day be more stress-free and allow you to take in every little moment. Your wedding day moves so fast, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is how you look in your photos.

Golden Hour Engagement-Photos at-the Arboretum

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Memories To Cherish For A Lifetime

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it will be for your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and on and on. During your engagement photos, you are sealing memories in time to be enjoyed not just by you but by all of your friends and family. I don’t know about you, but when a photograph is seen that was taken years ago, you can still feel all of the emotions and relive that time in your life. Pictures are priceless so make sure you are setup for success on your wedding day by doing an engagement session. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

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Kevin and Anna Photography

Photo by Kevin and Anna

Bio: Kevin and Anna Photography are a husband and wife wedding photography team based in Lexington, Kentucky. They have been in business together for over 5 years and specialize in weddings and engagements. Their passion for photography first started out of a desire to capture the beauty of nature and the outdoors. Together they capture special once-in-a-lifetime moments for couples with adventurous hearts and who are madly in love. Check out their website to see why couple love them!

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