How Do I Get Amazing Perspectives with My Travel Camera?
Travel photography is more than just picturesque cobblestone streets, dramatic landscapes, and famous monuments. Great travel photography tells a story about the people and places you visit – and the best way to tell this story is by capturing amazing perspectives with your travel camera. Once you’ve mastered some composition basics, get ready to experiment with different angles and viewpoints. Changing up the perspective in your travel photos – or mixing together several different perspectives while filming – creates visual interest and piques the viewer’s curiosity.
1. Use the wide angle to your advantage.
Shooting everything from the same perspective can be boring. Tell a story with your photos by playing with different positions that take advantage of your camera’s wide-angle lens. With the wide angle, you can capture a lot of great information. Use this to your advantage by mounting the camera in different positions while doing the same activity. Whether that’s an adrenaline-filled rush down whitewater rapids or an evening spent exploring Bangkok’s buzzing night markets, play with perspective by getting close to your subject and then taking wide, sweeping landscape shots of the entire experience. For example, this could be a combination of an “establishment shot” that includes a wide panorama so your viewer knows exactly where you’re located, followed by a “medium shot” where you walk down a winding path through the marketplace; followed by a “detail” shot, where you focus in on one or two important visual elements – a woman cooking mango sticky rice, a colorful spice display – to capture the little moments that create your bigger story.
2. Correctly position people within the frame.
Since the Polaroid CUBE+ does not come with an LCD screen or viewfinder, at first it can be a little tricky to figure out exactly what you’re shooting if you’re used to a screen or viewfinder for framing your shot. When framing your shot, remember that with a wide-angle lens your field of view is wide. If you turn the camera around on yourself and a group of friends, for example, aim for your chests, rather than your faces. By aiming for the chest, you’ll get the entire group centered in the photo. Aiming for the faces, however, could result in a lot of extra sky – not such a great perspective for your travel photo!
3. Add yourself into the image.
The best travel camera will make it easier to execute creative positions, like adding yourself into the shot without making it an awkward selfie that’s more worthy of Snapchat than National Geographic. For example, photographer Murad Osmann’s travel photography series features himself being led by his then-girlfriend (and now wife) Natalie Zakharova’s hand to various stunning destinations around the world. Zakharova dresses the part for each of the photographs; for example, at the Taj Mahal, she wears a stunning beaded sari and intricate jewelry as she leads Osmann to the palace. The Polaroid CUBE+ is the best camera for travel thanks to its flexible mount system, which makes it easy to re-create Osmann’s photo series in your own travels. Simply use the helmet mount for added hands-free flexibility, so you can capture your own hands in the photo.