10 Tips for Incredible Travel Photography Composition

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It’s always challenging to capture the beauty of the world around us in a single frame.  Oftentimes, eye-popping colors and breathtaking landscapes are nearly impossible to duplicate in a two-dimensional image.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to try.

And by using these ten travel photography composition techniques, you can create stunning images that bring that beauty alive!

1. RULE OF THIRDS

One of the easiest things you can do to step up your photography is to implement the Rule of Thirds.   To do so, break your photo into three sections vertically and horizontally.  Then, line up the shot so your subject falls along one or more of the lines.

In the example below, you can see that the three subjects fall along the lower horizontal line, and the waterfall runs along the right vertical line.  This kind of composition brings out the striking landscape that would be largely lost if the subjects were centered.

2. SYMMETRY

Throwing the Rule of Thirds out the window, you can also create stunning images with symmetry.  Our brains love order, so lining up a shot to highlight your subject can be very pleasing to the eye.

This is also true of reflections in photography.  Splitting the photo so the reflection creates a mirror image adds an artful arrangement to a photo’s composition.

In the first example below, the image is cut in half vertically by the two different colored buildings, and horizontally with architectural lines.  Throw in the perfectly centered blue car in and you’ve got yourself a winner!  In the second example, shooting the subject at an infinity pool forms a mirror-effect that makes the picture more intriguing.

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