The following guest post was written by Summit Shah.
Some of the best memories many of us have come from travel. Being in new and exciting places is a highlight of life. Photographs create lasting memories of these highlights, which you can cherish over the years. Through photographs, you can also share your experience with friends and loved ones when you return. This is why it is important to take the best photographs that you can; so here are five tips for taking great travel photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.
1. Bring Your Camera
This one might sound obvious, but it is the first place many people fail, so I have to address it. You might have carried your camera with you all day, but when you go out to dinner in the evening you opt to leave it at home. On the way back to the hotel, a flamingo lands in a pool of natural water under the perfect sunset, and you think: "If only I had my camera!"
Don't be left slapping your forehead and shaking your fist. Instead, just pack your camera! Phone cameras make this so much easier, but not irrelevant. Don't leave your phone in the hotel room or in the car while you take a stroll. Take it along with you and you will never miss that perfect photo-op.
2. Follow The Rule Of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a common technique in photography. Here's how it works: in your mind's eye, divide your view into thirds both vertically and horizontally. Place important visual aspects, like the horizon line, so that they run along the mental lines you have created. This will give you a photo with great proportions, and it will be pleasing to the eye.
3. Variation Is Essential
Have you ever come back from a travel experience, and looked through your photos only to find that many of them look exactly the same? You might whisper, "another picture of a mountain peak?" and shake your head. Habits are hard to break, and you might be in the habit of taking the same kind of photograph over and over again. Break this habit by consciously looking for subject matter, lighting, and perspectives that you've never shot before. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the results!
4. Faces And Places
Capture a mix of personal shots as well as scenery and architecture. You want to remember both the people you were with and the places that you saw. If you focus too much on one category, you'll regret it when you return.
5. Gain Perspective
Great photographers think outside of the box when it comes to point of view. Kneel down or climb up high to capture truly interesting and beautiful photographs. Sure, people might think you are crazy for standing on top of the car, but they will understand when you show them the amazing image you were able to capture from up above the crowds.
Next time you are on a trip, bring these five tips for taking great travel photos with you and you'll be sure to come home with high-quality travel photos that capture the amazing experiences you enjoyed!
About the Author: Summit Shah is a tech expert who specializes in the ways that technology affects business models. His educational background and training centers around technology's impact on society and the economy, and the way that tech proliferates over the years. He currently helps businesses integrate technology in order to improve their relationships, revenue, and productivity. You can view his work at http://summitshahtravelphoto.com.