Taking Photographs for Trip Reports

These ‘Rules’ won’t turn you into a professional photographer, however, they will make your pics more useful.

With a digital camera it is so easy to just click away. However, a little planning will help save you a lot of time in ‘processing’ your photographs after you return home. And they will be more useful to the person preparing the Trip Report.

GENERAL

  1. Plan your pic. What’s the story you are trying to tell? What is the subject of your photo?
  2. Remember the Rule of Thirds.
  3. If using a smartphone, ensure that Location Services are ON.
  4. Close ups ARE GOOD.
  5. Watch the background for anomalies.
  6. Ensure your shadow is not in the photo.
  7. Not too much foreground; not too much sky.

PEOPLE

  1. Don’t cut off limbs or a portion of the head. Ensure that the entire person is in frame – legs may be an exception. If you have taken a great photo but broken this rule you may be able to crop the hapless digital amputee from the photo at a later time.
  2. Do not take photos of people with their back to camera. Forward or side on only.
  3. Limit posed photos, group photos and selfies.
  4. No photos of people taking photos.

VEHICLES

  1. Don’t take photos of the back of vehicles – with occasional exceptions.
  2. Don’t cut off any part of a vehicle.
  3. Don’t take photos through the windscreen. If the subject/situation is worth a photo it is worth stopping and alighting from the vehicle.
  4. Try not to include the rego plate, if possible.

WILDFLOWERS

  1. Find a good flower. No missing petals. No scars.
  2. Be parallel to the face of the flower.
  3. Use a tripod or similar to steady the camera.
  4. Don’t damage the flower or its plant.

CAMPFIRES

  1. Just one pic will do.

 

If this is all too much, just remember:

  1. PLAN YOUR PHOTOGRAPH
  2. CLOSE UPS ARE GOOD
  3. DON’T CUT OFF ANY PARTS OF THE SUBJECT

 

Posted in Information.