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Posted on Thursday 20 September 2012 in General
Face it: Not all travellers can take pictures akin to National Geographic photojournalists. These men and women are not only highly trained professionals, but have also devoted their lives to their jobs, sacrificing their personal life and, at times, even their health to capture spectacular moments. However, that doesn't mean travellers can't take magazine-worthy photos of their own, and with camera technology improving each and every year, equipment is now affordable and rather advanced.
Pete McBride, a photographer for National Geographic, recently gave a few tips for capturing special moments on film. After travelling around the world for much of his career, McBride found a new challenge in the city of Rishikesh, India, where there were simply too many photographic opportunities around him.
"India is truly a photographer's haven," McBride told the news source in a recent interview. "Around every corner there is a new spectacle of color, soft light and exploding culture. That wondrous, messy vitality, however, can be overwhelming at times and even hard to shoot - mainly because there is so much to cover."
While some Aussie travellers won't be shooting for National Geographic anytime soon, here are some useful tips to getting the perfect shot every time:
Break free of the auto setting
Sure, it's the easiest setting and perfect for family portraits or quick shots, but the auto setting won't give travellers the results they're looking for all the time. Taking a detailed shot of the statue of David during Florence holidays? Switch the camera to a macro setting and get up close to the subject. Aussies don't have to take a photography class to get the results they want - all they have to do is read the manual and not be afraid to experiment.
Break the ice
No matter where Aussie travellers venture for their holiday abroad, they'll encounter fascinating cultures embodied by locals who have lived there for generations. Rather than being a wallflower, visitors should try to break the ice and meet some of the residents before taking their photo. Even if there's a language barrier, there's no reason why Aussies can't bring a smile out of their subject.
There's a term that photographers use for the time periods before and after dawn and sunset: sweet light. Typically, this time frame spans for a mere hour or so, but it's the perfect time to take a photograph. The warm rays of the sun are at an ideal angle so that every nook and cranny of a subject are highlighted with orange hues.
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