How to Take Great Photos While On Tour

Today, we’re sharing a guest photo post from Contiki’s European Encounter tour (Sept. 15 – Oct 1., 2011.)  All the photos featured were taken during the tour, and our guest blogger, Jeff G. of Denver, CO, wanted to share his photos and some photography tips as well.

 

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Guest Post by first-time Contiki traveler Jeff Gallardo

I had the chance to experience my very first European Contiki tour last September and I had a blast! As a photographer, the big challenge for me is to take good photos while enjoying the tour.

Today I’m going to share some of my best tips for getting simple but great travel photos. Putting these tips into use will help you walk away with excellent photos that will not only give you great memories but will also wow the folks back home. I promise it’s not really as hard as you think as long as you just try shooting things a little differently.

Keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter what camera you have.  You are the one in control and your camera is just a tool.  Learn how to use it, and learn how to take great photos.

Now, onto the good stuff:

Composition

Venice

Sometimes the only difference between a mediocre photo or a great photo is composition. Luckily, this is a very easy issue to fix. Most people take a photo and they put the subject dead center. What you want to do is draw the viewer’s eye into the photo and create an image that is compelling to look at. To do this, try using the rule of thirds.

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