Try a few simple techniques to improve your photography.
Boring holiday pictures? They’re the bane of every traveler. Photographer Sean Arbabi, author of The Complete Guide to Nature Photography and a VIA contributor, shares simple tricks to help your shots win oohs and aahs instead of yawns.
- Play around Lie on the ground and shoot up. Climb high to shoot down. Do anything—just change your perspective.
- Avoid busy backdrops Get that beautiful blue ocean instead of the telephone pole or tour bus.
- Wait for the right light Midday sun is harsh and colorless. Shoot at sunrise and sunset, dusk and dawn.
- Zoom in A close-up of that old pair of snow shoes on your Canada vacation, your cappuccino cup in Italy. Look for the little things that define a location.
- Flash to flatter In direct sunlight, use forced-flash mode to eliminate facial shadows.
Illustration by Michael Klein
This article was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.