Last week I talked a little bit about the coveted life of a travel writer. As picturesque as it sounds, it takes a lot of work. If it were easy, why wouldnâ€™t everyone be doing it? Sure would beat that six-by-six cubicle on the 32nd floor. So, what can you do to make your travel writing stand out? Accompany it with outstanding travel photography of course. What, did you think I was going to offer up some lavish blackmailing scheme?
I have been a photographer since I was 13. People always ask me for advice on taking pictures. They say, â€œOh Daved, youâ€™re pictures are so amazing. How can I ever be as incredible as you at taking pictures?â€ Ok, maybe they donâ€™t say that word for word, but itâ€™s close. The one tip I offer time and time again about taking great travel photos is, learn the rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds basically suggests envisioning a tic-tac-toe board in your view finder. The main subject should, ideally, fall on one of the intersecting points. If it canâ€™t fall on one of the intersections, then it should fall on a line. Look at this picture of a girl I took in Jamaica. See how her eyes are just shy of the top line and her face falls on a line, that is the rule of thirds in action.
Look through some of your favorite magazine; you may be surprised how many photos fall into this rule. This one piece of advice will make your pictures go from snap shot to almost as good as mine.