Tips for better quality photos while you travel

InstagramWhen you make plans to visit a travel destination you’ve dreamed of, you might think you require a high-quality camera to capture the moments. The truth is, you do not need to make a large investment, contrary to what you may think.

Anyone can take a picture of beautiful scenery, some of which turn out beautifully. However, very few know what approach to take to insure their photos turn out great under a variety of conditions.

The fact is if you know how to produce consistently high quality photos you put yourself in a position to get access to sponsors and actually earn some funds on the side. Regardless of whether your picture taking is to fill your Instagram feed on Instagram with shots of your adventures, or simply showing off beautiful photos, here are some tips to help you take your picture taking to the next level.

Consider using MonoShot to never miss any picture-worthy moments

There is definitely a letdown experienced when you initially get that feeling of capturing a once in a lifetime shot only to realize later the picture was blurry. That is particularly frustrating, especially when you consider that the moment might never be captured again.

The MonoShot app solves that particular program. With the app you only need your cell phone to capture beautiful photos. MonoShot eliminates camera shake and enables you to take crisp clear photos any time. It functions similar to actual (very expensive) photographic equipment – full mount, mini tripod, and monopod, allowing you to take awesome shots on the go.

Take photos at dawn and dusk

One of the unwritten rules of beautiful photography is that the best photos are the ones you take when the sun is rising or just about to set. For instance, the typical African sunsets that you probably see in movies or travels, or the shots you see from early mornings next to a body of water.

That’s because at these two times a day you get the best natural lighting – not too dark or  bright. When taking travel photos these are the absolute best times to capture quality photos.

For strange terrain or surfaces, take a spike

While traveling chances are high you’ll come across a vast variety of surfaces and terrain not considered ideal for tripods. For instance, a grassy field, a mountainous range (click here for more information on that), slippery slopes, and uneven rocks, etc. If you’re not careful when photographing rough terrain without a spike, you might accidentally drop your phone, which is then irreparably damaged by the fall on, say, rocky terrain. When that happens you’re forced to fork out money to replace your phone, which is never an ideal situation in which to find oneself.

If you find yourself surrounded by beautiful vistas that are nonetheless treacherous (waterfalls, rocky terrain, swamps) you can avoid the problem of losing your phone by using a spike mount which you can stick in the ground or other challenging terrain. Spike mounts  keep your phone steady as you take shots, and MonoShots has this feature already built in so you can take pics anywhere in the world and not be concerned about quality.

Keep pictures horizontal

Always use a horizontal approach when taking pictures with your phone. This allows you to capture more of the beautiful scenery.  You can crop unnecessary footage later during the editing process.

Use the rule of thirds when editing. This way you edit to capture a specific concept within the photo and create a balanced composition. Break the shot into three sections, and use the boundaries to frame the subject. In addition, centering the image on a particular object is useful in creating interesting balance..

Avoid selfies (at least the selfies angles you know of)

The truth is in today’s world it’s no longer considered ‘Instagram etiquette’ to take a photo of yourself by holding out your arm as far as it will go. This doesn’t mean you can’t take pics of yourself and post. By using a cell phone stand you can take pics of yourself that are natural and candid instead of looking staged and unprofessional.

Keep a sharp focus

Depth and lighting are very important to create the best travel pictures. If the photo is too dim, the photo becomes blurry and pixelated (which gets annoying when you are trying to edit later). If the location you’re in is too dim, one trick you can use is to touch the screen to manually focus on one subject. You can also brighten the image by  increasing depth of field which improves  exposure levels..

Final thoughts

Travel pictures are great way to re-live special memories. It’s best if these are of high quality because, in addition to your personal memories you can share them with others without concern re quality.

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