I am sure that anyone who travels wants to keep those memories in photo form with a camera. But it ain't nice when your photography skills aren't up to scratch. When I head on my Round the World Trip I'll be wanting that perfect, inspirational shot every time. To start off here are some tips, courtesy of 2Backpackers.com

A Focus on Composition

The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds divides up the image by thirds horizontally and vertically. The crosshairs identify the key points of interest for placing an object.

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Illinois State House – ISO 80 f/4.8 1/296

When applying the rule of thirds in this photo, we create a better picture by sitting the statue off to the right. This draws the eye to not only the statue of Senator Stephen Douglas, but also the Illinois State House. If the statue were to be placed front and center, you would subconsciously pay little attention to the building. The eye wouldn’t sense the need to scan the image with the target front and center. The image is now more complex allowing me to share various aspects of what we saw.

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Lincoln's Tomb – ISO 80 f/4.8 1/600

Again we apply the basic rule of thirds creating various points of interest in the photo.

Depth of Field

Using a shallow depth of field

Depth of field is the range of sharpness in your image. At what point is the image in focus and at what point does it blur? The aperture, or f/stop, you choose controls your depth of field. The larger your aperture (smaller f/stop reading) the less range of focus your photo will have. This section in her book is laid out in very good detail. The methods Beth choose to help you understand f/stop are brilliant. The images below from me show you what different depth of field ranges look like.

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Outdoor Chandelier Key West – ISO 200 f/3.5 1/160

The focus of this image is on the Chandelier, however it’s important that the floral surrounding the chandelier be a part of the image to enhance color and character. With a low f/stop, the range of focus doesn’t stretch far beyond where our camera is focused, the chandelier. If we had increased our f/stop, the range of focus increases, creating sharper surroundings.

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Restaurant on Culebra Island – ISO 1600 f/5 1/25

Again, we use a limited depth range in order to draw attention to the lights illuminating the bamboo wall.

Using a larger depth of field

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Miami – ISO 125 f/10 1/160

In a Miami marina, we desire a large depth of field, enabling all objects in the foreground and background to remain in focus. We do this with a higher f/stop.


Adding impact and drawing attention

Color can create sudden impact and draw great attention to an object in a photo.

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Illinois State Fairgrounds – smart phone, boosted color in editing

Taken with a smart phone, we decide to center the main object of focus. That object also has tremendous color – bright blue. Without having to look at the rest of the image, you focus on the robust color and read, “Scrambler.” The blue base sits well below the sign, but it does lead you up to it rather easily, since the sign stands out against a white sky.

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