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Travelling Made Me A Better Photographer

I am not an expert, and my photography friends will probably correct me, but here are three things that I have noticed while trying to take better photos.


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Melissa Morris

a year ago | 1 min read

Most people can look at photos knowing that they like or just appreciate good photography. But, maybe you look at photos assuming that it’s simply Photoshop or good filters that make the photo ‘pop.’

While they are a bonus, I have learned that there are tricks to capturing that perfect photo.

It’s something that I have consciously worked on, particularly while traveling. Who wants 50 off-center photos that have shadows everywhere?

I am not an expert, and my photography friends will probably correct me, but here are three things that I have noticed while trying to take better photos.

Center your focus: Divide your image into a grid, making sure that what your wanting to focus on is in the center.

The lighting matters: For those experienced in editing photos, this might be a little easier, but there is only so much editing that you can do. Natural light shining onto the object is best, but direct sunlight on faces will likely mean a lot of squinting.

Sometimes candid shots are better than posed ones: Growing up in a family where most of us wore glasses. It was hard to balance the light so that everyone was looking at the camera but didn’t have a reflection in their glasses was challenging to make sure people were smiling.

As wonderful as post photos are, there have been other photos where the subject even realized their picture was being taken, and the results show genuine smiles rather than smiling for the camera. These photos are my favourite, and if I get more of a chance to take pictures of friends, I plan on trying to capture these moments.

Exploring the world is wonderful, and having memories to take with you is even better.

I don’t set out to be the world’s best photographer, but changing a few things when taking photos and being intentional has created better images I am more likely to look at and show off.

What other tips would you add? Comment down below.


Article was originally published here on the 7th of October 2022

Cover Photo:  Erik Mclean on Unsplash

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Melissa is passionate about building authentic and supportive communities to empower people to live physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy lives.


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