As an urban and street travel photographer, Muzz is always hunting for subjects that can convey a story through photography. The Basic Photography Course at the Canon Imaging Academy provided him with a solid foundation for his photography journey, but besides that, much of what he has learnt comes from experimentation and trial and error. Muzz is constantly inspired by his surroundings and loves travelling to uncover new perspectives in photography. In this article, he shares a few tips on how to make your travel photos stand out! Below he has shared a few tips on how to make your travel photos a little more interesting!

With cheaper airfares and new exciting destinations all around, more people are packing their bags for the weekend. As such, travel photography is increasingly becoming a popular genre of photography. But with so many places to see and memories to capture, have you ever wondered what you can do to make your pictures stand out amongst the crowd? Well here are a few tips from Muzz on how to capture unique travel photos:

1. Look out for unique perspectives

Many times, pictures of landmarks or tourist attractions are taken from similar angles or from the same viewpoints. So, don’t be afraid to find a new perspective at a place that’s been shot many times before. One way you can do this is to walk around and find new angles by shooting from low or high angles. Luckily shooting from low or high angles is made easier as my Canon 6D Mark II is equipped with Canon’s vari-angle LCD screen, and I no longer have to lie on the floor to achieve a low-angle shot. You’ll be surprised at how different your shot can look when taken from a different angle!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | 1/250 / F1.8 / ISO 500| Canon EF85mm F/1.8 USM

2. Frame your subjects

One good way to catch your viewer’s attention to a subject is to frame your scene. This works well because you can easily lead the viewer’s eyes to the most important part of your picture. There are many ways to achieve this. You can use a natural frame or anything that’s within reach such as branches, leaves or trees. You can even shoot between open doors, window frames or pillars to create that frame.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | 1/4000 / F3.2 / ISO 400| Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

3. Pay attention to unique moments around you

As you explore a new place, always have your camera ready at all times because you’ll never know if a unique moment could appear right in front of you. You would not want to miss capturing that moment! On top of having your camera within reach, make sure you know the functions of your camera at your fingertips so that you can adjust the settings as quickly as possible, instead of losing precious seconds looking for the right buttons or dials. It might also be useful for you to use a zoom lens to zoom into the subject and crop out any unnecessary distractions from the picture. Canon’s wide variety of EF and EF-S zoom lenses will be able to do the job well!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | 1/200 / F4.5 / ISO 250| Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

4. Play around with depth of field and focus

Another way to bring your viewers eyes to a subject is to play around with depth of field and focus. By playing around with the aperture, you can create a shallow depth of field and bring attention to the most important part of the picture and let your viewer focus on it.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | 1/640 / F3.5 / ISO 1000| Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

With these key tips, you are now ready to embark on your next photography escapade!