Composition on the
     Road
Composition on the
     Road
    how to set up great shots
when you don't have time for setup
Your
 presenter is
not an expert
         @ImpressionOne

impression1.net (subscribe to learn
    about my new travel blog...
Some of my favourite
      photos:
my best composition
     examples
Cardinal Rule:
 EDIT EDIT
    EDIT
4 days in Las Vegas


500 photos (125 photos/day)
kept 150 photos
= deleted 350 photos ...
Three
     Scenarios
1) Urban settings

2) Crowds

3) People you’re traveling with
#1
         Urban
        Settings
1) Take lots and lots and lots of the
same shots. One will be perfect.

2) Keep a close...
keep an eye for the edges of photos:
I didn’t cut off the top of this building
look for neat angles to frame your shot
look for neat angles to frame your shot
keep an eye for the edges of photos:
I didn’t cut off the name “Rectory” on
the building
position yourself to align your subject:
I couldn’t move the tricycle, so I
moved myself to centre the tricycle in
the win...
look for neat angles to frame your shot:
I walked around to the back of the Capitol building and shot it from the side
look for lines in buildings to follow: I
kept the edges of the arches of the Eiffel
tower
look for neat angles to frame your shot:
I used this pool to create a foreground for the Louvre Pyramid
keep an eye for the edges of photos:
I didn’t cut off the words in the “Moulin
Rouge” sign
look for neat angles to frame your shot:
I used the lawn to create a foreground for the lake at Versailles
position yourself to align your subject:
I moved around until the “Tate
Modern” sign fit within the bridge
opening
look for neat angles to frame your shot:
I used this small park to create a foreground for Buckingham Palace
position yourself to align your subject:
I moved around until the statue of
Saint Peter was framed in front of the
Vatican
#1
       Urban
      Settings:
     Continued
5) Stand in the middle of urban
scenes:
I love (safely) getting into the mi...
Crop out stuff you don’t want:
I moved the camera up and cut off the
crowds below the pagoda in Burma
Crop out stuff you don’t want:
I moved the camera up and cut off
the street around
Westminster Abbey
Crop out stuff you don’t want:
I moved the camera up and cut off the
crowds below Notre Dame
Crop out stuff you don’t want:
I moved the camera up and cut off the
streets in Hong Kong to focus on the
living conditions
Stand safely in the middle of urban
scenes: traffic islands work great! It
looks amazing when you stand in the
middle of a ...
Stand safely in the middle of urban
scenes: be very careful taking photos
while crossing on a red light
#2
         Crowds
1) Stick your hand up and point the
camera down at the crowd

Result: a shot of the top of the crowd
th...
Don’t cut off people’s legs:
crowds look great when you can see
them walking
Step back from crowds to capture
their relation to the scene
Don’t cut off people’s legs:
crowds look great when you can see
them walking
Stick your hand up and tilt the camera
down to capture the tops of crowds
and make them look like a sea of
people
Capture what the crowd is doing
Capture what the crowd is doing
Don’t cut off people’s legs:
crowds look great when you
can see them walking
#2
         Crowds
4) If you’re really lucky: get the
crowd to interact with you
#3
People you’re
traveling with
1) Walk ahead of behind your friends
so you can place them within a scene.

2) Either fram...
Walk ahead or behind your friends to
capture them within the context of a
scene
Don’t cut off feet/legs: show their
whole body within a scene
Walk ahead or behind your friends to
capture them within the context of a
scene
If you aren’t capturing their whole
body, crop nice and tight to show
emotion
Thank You
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos
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Keynote for PhotoCamp London, Ontario: Sept 11, 2010

Quick tips and example of setting up effective photo composition when traveling with a pocket camera: how to crop, center and frame your shot for great photos on the road.

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Photo Composition on the road: how to set up travel photos

  1. 1. Composition on the Road
  2. 2. Composition on the Road how to set up great shots when you don't have time for setup
  3. 3. Your presenter is not an expert @ImpressionOne impression1.net (subscribe to learn about my new travel blog) Browse my original travel blog: www.impression1.net/ whereisandrewnow
  4. 4. Some of my favourite photos: my best composition examples
  5. 5. Cardinal Rule: EDIT EDIT EDIT 4 days in Las Vegas 500 photos (125 photos/day) kept 150 photos = deleted 350 photos that didn’t pass my standards *set your bar exceptionally high for the photos you keep
  6. 6. Three Scenarios 1) Urban settings 2) Crowds 3) People you’re traveling with
  7. 7. #1 Urban Settings 1) Take lots and lots and lots of the same shots. One will be perfect. 2) Keep a close eye of the edges of your frame: don’t cut out essential parts of buildings and backgrounds 3) Look for interesting lines within buildings/towers/trees/people and use those to frame the shot 4) Move yourself to position your subject
  8. 8. keep an eye for the edges of photos: I didn’t cut off the top of this building
  9. 9. look for neat angles to frame your shot
  10. 10. look for neat angles to frame your shot
  11. 11. keep an eye for the edges of photos: I didn’t cut off the name “Rectory” on the building
  12. 12. position yourself to align your subject: I couldn’t move the tricycle, so I moved myself to centre the tricycle in the window pane
  13. 13. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I walked around to the back of the Capitol building and shot it from the side
  14. 14. look for lines in buildings to follow: I kept the edges of the arches of the Eiffel tower
  15. 15. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I used this pool to create a foreground for the Louvre Pyramid
  16. 16. keep an eye for the edges of photos: I didn’t cut off the words in the “Moulin Rouge” sign
  17. 17. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I used the lawn to create a foreground for the lake at Versailles
  18. 18. position yourself to align your subject: I moved around until the “Tate Modern” sign fit within the bridge opening
  19. 19. look for neat angles to frame your shot: I used this small park to create a foreground for Buckingham Palace
  20. 20. position yourself to align your subject: I moved around until the statue of Saint Peter was framed in front of the Vatican
  21. 21. #1 Urban Settings: Continued 5) Stand in the middle of urban scenes: I love (safely) getting into the middle of roads 6) Crop out the stuff you don’t want (roads/people/etc) by cutting out the bottoms/tops of photos: results are impressive
  22. 22. Crop out stuff you don’t want: I moved the camera up and cut off the crowds below the pagoda in Burma
  23. 23. Crop out stuff you don’t want: I moved the camera up and cut off the street around Westminster Abbey
  24. 24. Crop out stuff you don’t want: I moved the camera up and cut off the crowds below Notre Dame
  25. 25. Crop out stuff you don’t want: I moved the camera up and cut off the streets in Hong Kong to focus on the living conditions
  26. 26. Stand safely in the middle of urban scenes: traffic islands work great! It looks amazing when you stand in the middle of a street
  27. 27. Stand safely in the middle of urban scenes: be very careful taking photos while crossing on a red light
  28. 28. #2 Crowds 1) Stick your hand up and point the camera down at the crowd Result: a shot of the top of the crowd that makes it look like a sea of people 2) Don’t cut off people’s legs. Crowds look great when you can see them walking 3) Capture a crowd doing something: like shopping in a market: get inside the crowd
  29. 29. Don’t cut off people’s legs: crowds look great when you can see them walking
  30. 30. Step back from crowds to capture their relation to the scene
  31. 31. Don’t cut off people’s legs: crowds look great when you can see them walking
  32. 32. Stick your hand up and tilt the camera down to capture the tops of crowds and make them look like a sea of people
  33. 33. Capture what the crowd is doing
  34. 34. Capture what the crowd is doing
  35. 35. Don’t cut off people’s legs: crowds look great when you can see them walking
  36. 36. #2 Crowds 4) If you’re really lucky: get the crowd to interact with you
  37. 37. #3 People you’re traveling with 1) Walk ahead of behind your friends so you can place them within a scene. 2) Either frame theme tight (portrait) or get their whole body: don’t cut off legs/feet.
  38. 38. Walk ahead or behind your friends to capture them within the context of a scene
  39. 39. Don’t cut off feet/legs: show their whole body within a scene
  40. 40. Walk ahead or behind your friends to capture them within the context of a scene
  41. 41. If you aren’t capturing their whole body, crop nice and tight to show emotion
  42. 42. Thank You
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