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Nine ways to make your travel photos pop

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What’s the one thing nearly every adventurer out there is going to bring back from any vacation? Travel photos. Thanks to nearly every phone having a built-in, and often high-quality, camera on their phone, even the photography novice can come away from their next trip with great photos.  But it isn’t the equipment that makes a photographer – it’s the skill behind it. If you’re trying to step up your photography game and walk away from your next vacation – or any event – with fabulous photos, try using these tips, and your Instagram followers might begin double-tapping a whole lot more!


Tell a story

You know the phrase that a picture is worth a thousand words, right? That’s because photos can tell a story better than just descriptions can. Think about what you want the image to tell viewers when capturing it. Perhaps it’s that you saw a street artist on the streets of New York City or you found the best food in Seattle’s Chinatown, use your photos to tell others about the people and places you’ve experienced.

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Frame the subject Photography is a whole lot more than pointing a camera at something and clicking the shutter. Before taking the image, look through the lens and take in what you’re seeing. Once you get a good look at what the camera will capture, you might realize moving a step in one direction might get that extra bit inside the frame making your image perfect.

Look for lines and shoot at angles
Leading lines will draw the eye into the frame and the subject. Taking a photo at a unique or different angle other than purely eye-level can make the image more intriguing.

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Rule of thirds

Our instincts tell us to sit in the middle of the frame, but try pushing the subject along one of the invisible grid lines in the frame dividing the frame into thirds horizontally and vertically. (Your smart phone or apps will likely have a feature where you can see it when shooting.) If you put the focus on the person on the left or right vertical grid lines, you’ll see their smiling face, with more of the landmark in the background which will help tell the story of your experience.

Take more than one shot

Taking multiple shots of a group of people is common practice because let’s face it, someone is usually blinking in group photos. Apply this practice to getting images of landmarks and shots out the window. When you take multiple shots of the same image, you can go back later on and decide which you like best. While the subject matter might be the same, these multiple shots won’t always be identical. You may move, capture something new in the frame, focus differently or adjust your settings. Look back at the photos before you move on, and if you don’t get what you initially wanted, try again! Play with it because when you get the perfect shot, you’ll love it even more.

Get close

Tight shots – or photos taken up close – can really show the detail of an object or place. It places the focus squarely on the subject and your purpose of the photo.


Embrace minimalism

In contrast to the last tip, you can also show the grandeur of an object by showing just that and little else. The eye will naturally be drawn to the subject and with minimalism there will be fewer distractions from this.

Remember, it is OK to edit photos

If you’re not entering prestigious photography contests or claiming the images have been unaltered, edit them until you’re satisfied. Something as simple as adding a filter, adjusting the contrast or just straightening out an image can make all the difference in a good photo or a great photo. Farewell #nofilter!

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Break the rules, then write your own

The photos you take on your trips are yours, so make sure you walk away with something you want to look at even if it goes against what everyone else says to do. If you love your photos, then that’s all that matters.

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We love seeing your photos from the road every day and sharing our favorites with our social communities! Tag us @greyhoundlines on Instagram or #gogreyhound to keep us updated on your adventures and we may feature your best shots on our channels.

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