How to take better travel photos (or any photos!)
Look For Details
"Travel photography isn’t just about wide landscapes; it’s also about zoning in on little things that 'sum up' a place, like this row of ketchup tubs in Coney Island. Magazine art directors love this kind of thing because it breaks up the pace of a story. In fact, it’s a good idea to think of your holiday photos as a travel feature. The same goes for the angle you shoot from—you need to change your perspective from time to time, so lie on the ground or climb a tree."
Catch The "Magic Hour"
"For about 20 minutes just after sunset, the fading daylight balances perfectly with the artificial light of the city and suddenly, colors pop. Gray sky transforms into an inky blue; London buses look bright red even in the pouring rain. It’s a trick photographers fall back on again and again," said Easton, who took this shot at the top of Yankee Stadium in New York during that time of day. "The green of the turf leaped out just as the light was fading."
"When something catches my eye that I think will make a great shot, I wait for it to happen again. I saw three guys walking past the Eiffel Tower in Paris, their legs mirroring the building, so I set up the shot and snapped a woman doing the same thing. I was shooting into the sun, hence the silhouette—it was a different way to represent a really obvious landmark."
Expect the Unexpected
"Photogenic stuff doesn’t always happen more than once, so it’s important to have your camera ready to shoot at all times," Easton advised. In this case, he was photographing Stockholm’s skyline when he spotted a man dive into the water. "It took me completely by surprise, but I managed to get the shot."