Every day there are more than 95 million uploads to Instagram, and many of them share sights from incredible travel experiences. Taking great photographs shows the beauty and experiences from your vacation destination.
We enlisted the help of some of Delaware's top photographers to provide tips for making sure your shots look their very best. They’ve provided suggestions for avoiding common mistakes, whether you’re taking pictures with your DSLR or your iPhone.
• Avoid zooming as much as possible. It’s better to move your feet to get closer to your subject. You’ll get better angles, more stability, better focus options and – if you’re using a phone – better photo quality.
• Shoot as “manual” as you can. Nice cameras have lots of adjustable settings. If you’re using a phone, you should think for the phone. Don’t let it think for you. There are apps that can help (like ProCamera 8).
• Think about the basics of light. The best light is at the crack of dawn or just after sunset. Look for reflections (maybe off water or glass).
• Change your perspective. Most people see things at eye level. So, what happens if you change the perspective by getting down low or going up high? It grabs your viewer’s attention.
• Ask yourself questions before taking a photo. “What is interesting here? Why will people enjoy this?” Once you have your answer, work to have your photograph lead the viewer’s eye there.
Common Mistakes Joe Sees (and what to do about them)
Mistake: Sticking everything in the middle of the frame.
Correction: The rule of thirds (read more about what that is here).
Mistake: Shaky or unintentionally blurry images.
Correction: Stabilize the camera by putting it down on a surface (or use a tripod), and ask your subject (if possible) to stay still. This is especially important in low-light.
Mistake: Ignoring the background.
Correction: Don’t just shoot what’s in front of you. Think about what’s behind, in front of and next to the subject.
Jon Lloyd Jr. is a central Delaware-based photographer with a passion for sunrises and sunsets. Search #Delagram on Instagram, and you will immediately be drawn to his photography. We asked him for tips on how you can get shots like his.
Jon's Sunrise/Sunset Suggestions
• Don’t point your camera right at the sun. Instead put the sun off to one side or the other.
• Have something else in the shot to attract the eye. Include a bridge, lighthouse, people, etc.
• Get to your shot location ahead of time (maybe 30 minutes to an hour). Be patient once you’re there.
• Wait around after the sun goes down over the horizon. About 5-10 minutes after sunset, the sky reignites in color.
• Look behind you while staring at a sunset. The colors may be even more beautiful behind you.
• Don’t darken a sunset too much with editing. Leave the image how the eye sees it. A nice bright glow around the sun is best.
Now with these helpful tips it's time to take your best photographs of Delaware ever! Please share your photos on Instagram by using #Delagram and tag @VisitDelaware for a chance to be featured on the VisitDelaware account!