Follow these simple rules to get an indelible image in any travel situation.

By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
October 20, 2016
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Food

David Alexander Arnold

1. Overhead shots are almost foolproof—preferably pulled back far enough to reveal place settings. When shooting sandwiches or burgers, cut first and tilt one half up toward the camera.

2. Meals look best in natural light, so try to score a window seat.

3. In low-light situations, to avoid the glare of the flash, ask a friend to turn on their smartphone’s flashlight and wrap it in a napkin for more diffuse illumination.

Architecture

David Alexander Arnold

1. At street level, it can be difficult to capture an entire building without distorting its shape, so consider zooming in on a compelling design detail.

2. Any ornamentation on a façade will look different in direct light from the way it does in shadow. Walk around the building to assess your lighting options.

3. When shooting an interior, you probably won’t have much light, so use wide aperture, a slow shutter speed, or a tripod.

Landscapes

Mary Robnett

1. Pay attention to the direction of the sun. To avoid overexposed backgrounds, photograph your subject with the light shining on it, rather than from behind.

2. Shoot in the early morning or late afternoon, when the light is softer, and try to avoid the harsh midday sun, which can lead to washed-out photos.

3. Find a focal point, such as a building, person, tree, or vehicle, to help communicate the scale of the landscape.

People


Mariah Tyler

1. Look for a shady or lightdappled spot to shoot portraits. If you’re in direct sunlight, avoid blinding your subjects by telling them to close their eyes and giving them a countdown until you take the shot.

2. Always ask permission before taking portraits of locals. It’s polite, and it will give you time to set up your shot.

3. For street scenes, stand still on a busy corner and wait for an interesting situation, then start snapping.

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