Road trip 101

Comments | Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Apr 13, 2018 9:15:05 AM

Have you ever been on a road trip when you see “the perfect picture,” only to later look at your smart phone and realize you totally missed the shot? I have. So I turned to Fulmer photographer Eric Miller for some advice. Eric has been a professional photographer for 35 years, and a member of the team here for nearly 3 years.

Eric’s first suggestion is to take a moment or two to look at all the angles of the scene you’re interested in shooting. “If you don’t want your pictures to look like everyone else’s, take time to look at what you are photographing before you photograph it. Find that spot that shows everything you want to show others. Don’t be afraid to lay down, kneel, tiptoe. Remember you are telling a story to the people who look at the finished product. What is it you want to say?”

Capture those moments by including friends and family who may be travelling with you in the shots. Don’t be afraid to take some photos spontaneously when they aren’t looking directly into the camera, Eric said.  “Planned and composed shots are nice, but natural smiles and reactions are often better when photographing people.”

Speaking of photographing people, try to have the light at their side, Eric said. “That way they won’t be squinting with full sun in their eyes or be a silhouette if the light is behind them.” He also said that the last couple hours before sunset and the first couple hours of daylight offer some of the best light for taking photographs - whether people or landscapes.

Use the rule of thirds for better composition. You don’t have to place your subject(s) dead center in every frame like a rifle scope. Try moving the subject to one side or the other. This will add depth to your images. –Also remember that you can take photos both vertically and horizontally. Turn your camera to get the best fit and composition.

Also, don’t be shy about taking shots. You traveled all that way, so take tons of pictures. You can later delete the ones you don’t like, as well as duplicates.

Finally, Eric said if you don’t need something in the photo, don’t show it. “Keep an eye open for branches sticking out of people’s heads or garbage cans in front of that beautiful view. Sometimes moving just an inch or two can make all the difference.”

I’d love to see some of your favorite shots. Maybe we’ll feature them in an upcoming article.

(Photo credit: Eric Miller)


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