Photographic Creativity
Follow our advice on how to develop your visual creativity and produce photographs that perpetuate the perfect instants of your vacation.

Photography Tips

The destinations you visit are an endless source of inspiration to create breathtaking images that commemorate special moments from your trip. In the end, it is through photography that you capture instants that you can later take home and relive as many times as you wish. However, photographs that lack context say little, and structures that may be beautiful when you see them live, can end up looking quite simple once they’re transformed into a two-dimensional image. For this reason, DINKtravelers will give you some advice on how to develop your visual creativity. Once you apply them, the problem will be finding enough surfaces at home to exhibit your works of art.

Photographing Geometric Shapes

If you stand before a geometric and symmetric shape, instead of capturing it as a whole, focus on one half or one fourth of the structure. Don’t worry, you won’t miss any details of the real version because the missing part will be the same as the one you photograph, and the advantage of applying this strategy is that you won’t fill the whole area of the picture with one single structure. The bonus: you’ll invite the spectator to use his imagination and try to recreate the rest of the figure by using the shown part as reference.

The Subject of a Photograph

When you take a picture, you usually focus on buildings or natural landscapes and use them as protagonists. Yet, concentrating on the details that are part of the scenery, whether they’re objects or animals, can turn out to be a wonderful idea. Focus your attention on them and turn them into your protagonists while using the setting as background. This way, you’ll get to remember not only the place but also the atmosphere that could be perceived on that specific day.

Learn to Appreciate Diversity

Don’t forget that the soul of a destination is found in its inhabitants and that the racial characteristics that make us unique are worth admiring. In your pictures, pay homage to the characters that inhabit each destination. This way you’ll not only remember the touristic attractions but also the human beings that create and recreate those spaces.

Perfectly Timed Photos

The best images are not created by posing but by capturing moments. Pay attention to everything that develops around you and you’ll find that there’s a lot more to say about your destination than what can be expressed in a postcard image. In order to achieve this, keep your camera handy, because one characteristic special moments have is that they occur unexpectedly and pass fleetingly.

Textures in Photography

They say that one image is worth a thousand words. Make your photographs describe sounds, temperatures, tastes, textures and atmospheres by using the zoom of your camera to capture colorful and tasty foods, or to trap in a perpetual pause the movement of the elements: water, wind, earth and fire.

Now, it’s time to zoom in and shoot!

 

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  • Photograph the Northern Lights

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  • Photo Tech

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  • Photo Tech

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