Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos

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Keynote for PhotoCamp London, Ontario: Sept 11, 2010 Quick tips and example of setting up effective photo composition when traveling with a pocket camera: how to crop, center and frame your shot for great photos on the road.

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  • 1. Composition on theRoad

2. Composition on theRoad how to set up great shots when you don't have time for setup 3. Yourpresenter is not an expert@ImpressionOneimpression1.net (subscribe to learn about my new travel blog)Browse my original travel blog:www.impression1.net/ whereisandrewnow 4. Some of my favourite photos: my best compositionexamples 5. Cardinal Rule:EDIT EDIT EDIT 4 days in Las Vegas 500 photos (125 photos/day) kept 150 photos = deleted 350 photos that didnt pass my standards *set your bar exceptionally high forthe photos you keep 6. ThreeScenarios 1) Urban settings2) Crowds3) People youre traveling with 7. #1Urban Settings 1) Take lots and lots and lots of the same shots. One will be perfect.2) Keep a close eye of the edges of your frame: dont cut out essential parts of buildings and backgrounds3) Look for interesting lines within buildings/towers/trees/people and use those to frame the shot4) Move yourself to position your subject 8. keep an eye for the edges of photos: I didnt cut off the top of this building 9. look for neat angles to frame your shot 10. look for neat angles to frame your shot 11. keep an eye for the edges of photos: I didnt cut off the name Rectory on the building 12. position yourself to align your subject: I couldnt move the tricycle, so I moved myself to centre the tricycle in the window pane 13. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I walked around to the back of the Capitol building and shot it from the side 14. look for lines in buildings to follow: I kept the edges of the arches of the Eiffel tower 15. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I used this pool to create a foreground for the Louvre Pyramid 16. keep an eye for the edges of photos: I didnt cut off the words in the Moulin Rouge sign 17. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I used the lawn to create a foreground for the lake at Versailles 18. position yourself to align your subject: I moved around until the Tate Modern sign t within the bridge opening 19. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I used this small park to create a foreground for Buckingham Palace 20. position yourself to align your subject: I moved around until the statue of Saint Peter was framed in front of the Vatican 21. #1Urban Settings:Continued 5) Stand in the middle of urban scenes: I love (safely) getting into the middle of roads6) Crop out the stuff you dont want (roads/people/etc) by cutting out the bottoms/tops of photos: results are impressive 22. Crop out stuff you dont want: I moved the camera up and cut off the crowds below the pagoda in Burma 23. Crop out stuff you dont want: I moved the camera up and cut off the street around Westminster Abbey 24. Crop out stuff you dont want: I moved the camera up and cut off the crowds below Notre Dame 25. Crop out stuff you dont want: I moved the camera up and cut off the streets in Hong Kong to focus on the living conditions 26. Stand safely in the middle of urban scenes: trafc islands work great! It looks amazing when you stand in the middle of a street 27. Stand safely in the middle of urban scenes: be very careful taking photos while crossing on a red light 28. #2Crowds 1) Stick your hand up and point the camera down at the crowdResult: a shot of the top of the crowd that makes it look like a sea of people2) Dont cut off peoples legs. Crowds look great when you can see them walking3) Capture a crowd doing something: like shopping in a market: get inside the crowd 29. Dont cut off peoples legs: crowds look great when you can see them walking 30. Step back from crowds to capture their relation to the scene 31. Dont cut off peoples legs: crowds look great when you can see them walking 32. Stick your hand up and tilt the camera down to capture the tops of crowds and make them look like a sea of people 33. Capture what the crowd is doing 34. Capture what the crowd is doing 35. Dont cut off peoples legs: crowds look great when you can see them walking 36. #2Crowds 4) If youre really lucky: get the crowd to interact with you 37. #3 People youre traveling with 1) Walk ahead of behind your friends so you can place them within a scene.2) Either frame theme tight (portrait) or get their whole body: dont cut off legs/feet. 38. Walk ahead or behind your friends to capture them within the context of a scene 39. Dont cut off feet/legs: show their whole body within a scene 40. Walk ahead or behind your friends to capture them within the context of a scene 41. If you arent capturing their whole body, crop nice and tight to show emotion 42. Thank You