Composing Better Travel Photos

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Composing Better Travel Photos Mary Fiore Photographer and Painter Fundamentals of Design Instructor Fioreart.com Wanderplex Wanderplex.com Cruising and Photography Contributor

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Make Your Travel Photos Look Great What to include Where to place it What to avoid

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Rule of Thirds Mentally divide the photo into thirds. Place the subject at a one third point.

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Facing into the Photo

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Placing your subjects in the middle makes them strong .

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In the content of modern Rome the Coliseum appears crumbling. It is stronger and more imposing in the middle.

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Consider what is in the foreground, middle ground and background

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The background is too busy

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1, 2, 3 or More?

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Uneven Numbers in Design Work Best

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Pairs can emphasize a relationship

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Try Different Angles and Perspectives

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Look for Patterns

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Depth of Field

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See the Possibilities

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Find the Best of a Subject

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Study Art for Composition Inspiration Tamara de Lempicka Young Lady with Gloves

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Let the Eye Travel to Your Subject Empty space invites the viewer in

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Capture Emotion

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Go from showing activity to capturing motion

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Make Your Travel Photos Look Great What to Include: Uneven numbers Color Texture Lines Pattern Framing Action Emotion Open space Different angles Depth of field Close ups and distance photos Sense of place Where to place it: at a 1/3 position In the middle Facing in or out What to Avoid: Distracting backgrounds Clutter Too much in one photo

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Basics of Better Travel Photos Capturing a Travel Destination Getting the Most Out of Your Camera Managing & Sharing Your Travel Photos Photo Editing: Where the Magic Happens Watch for additional follow up presentations on:

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Additional Resources Photography and the Principles of Design http://www.slideshare.net/mrtayteachesart/principles-of-design-in-photography A Beginner’s Guide to Capturing Motion in Your Photography http://digital-photography-school.com/a-beginners-to-capturing-motion-in-your-photography/ http://digital-photography-school.com/5-elements-of-composition-in-photography/