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Snap and shoot: Tips On How To Take The Best Photos On Your Next Travel

In Partnership with DiscoverMNL
(content from Lucky Alabado & Waltz Siy)
Written by Frances Nito

A good photo is just as significant in every travel as the trip itself. It serves as both memorabilia and souvenir that we love sharing to everybody. Now that the “ber” months are here, we missed travelling and curating personalized itineraries for you more than ever.

Even though we are all cooped up at home, now is actually the perfect time to brush up on your photography skills (yes, even at home!) so that when we can #TravelTomorrow, you’re ready to snap and shoot at any given moment!

DIscoverMNL has been one of our trusted partners not only in traveling but also in taking photos. Learn more from the DiscoverMNL team by reading the whole blog!

The most basic tip in travel photography is to do your assignment! Research about the place before your trip so you have an idea on how it looks like. This entails:

-Searching for the location you’re going to get an initial idea of how the place looks like

-Finding pegs you want your subject or photo to look like

-Reading books or blogs about the place to get a feel of the place

-Watching videos from local tourism sites or vlogs from travelers who visited the place

After you’ve done your pre-travel assignment, check out below the 12 travel photography composition ideas created by Lucky and Waltz of Discover MNL in partnership with Fujifilm:

Photo by: Trixie Segundo

Capture it raw. Don’t overthink it and have fun shooting candid, spur of the moment photos.

Best lens to use: XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM IOS

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Capture a feeling.

Best lens to use: XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM IOS

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Go small. Place your subject at the far end of your shot and play with scale and framing.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Photo by: Marielle Barraza

Go out of focus. Add drama with out of focus shots and blurred out foregrounds.

Best lens to use: XF 35 MM F1.4 R

Dreamy long exposures. Create dreamy, creamy long exposure shots of light and motion.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Add motion. Freeze a moment in time.

Camera settings:

Set to continuous mode

Select wide/tracking AF mode

Choosing a shutter speed of at least 1/500 to freeze the moment

Experiment with your shutter speed

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Change your perspective. Go for unconventional angles, heights, and distances.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Photo by: Leo Segundo

Lead the way. Master the art of leading lines and incorporate symmetry and patterns to your shots.

Best lens to use: XF 8-16 MM F2.8 R LM OIS WR

Photo by: Ivan Lantin

Match your palette. Come up with interesting shots via color coordination.

Best lens to use: XF 16 MM F1.4 R WR

Photo by: Trixie Segundo

Reflect. Keep an eye out for puddles, glass, mirrors, and other reflective things that can make your shot more interesting.

Best lens to use: XF 18-55 MM F2.8-4 R LM OIS

Photo by: Leo Segundo

Play with lights and shadows. Add drama, suspense, and a sense of mystery to your photos. Slowly reveal a moment and challenge your audience to look deeper into your shots.

Camera settings: 

You can use a kit lens or a telephoto lens, keep your shutter speed at 1/250 to refrain from shakey output.

Take your time and experiment.

Photo by: Marielle Barraza

Beat the tourists. Rise and shine! Make the most of your day by being on the scene before anyone else

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They also answered questions about travel photography, if you’re interested, click the link below:

Snap and Shoot: Tips on How to Take the Best Photos on Your Next Travel 2.0

Now that we’ve looked into the 12 travel photography composition by Lucky and Waltz of Discover MNL, it’s time for you to put their tips to practice! Try playing with lights and shadows, change your perspective, and go out of focus with subjects at your very own home. With a little time, practice, and patience you’ll be ready to snap and shoot for your #TravelTomorrow!

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