These photographs were taken from a fall trip we took to the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and West Virginia. We took many, many photographs of course. But the following ten images are examples of how to transpose an ordinary, well taken photograph into one that may be a bit more interesting! Try a few of these photography ideas, and let us know how your images turned out.
When taking outdoor shots on a sunny day, capture the blue sky. It makes the clouds and surrounding scenery pop. Hint: shoot opposite of the sun.
Shoot for the Eyes
Get the eyes perfect on an animal, and the fur and feathers will be sharp and in focus. If you get some depth of field on rest of the body, that is okay. The face is the most important.
Follow the Path
When shooting an outdoor scene, have an object in the distance that will take divert the viewer’s eyes to another point in the image. In this image, your eyes go to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Color Contrast and Water Reflection
The photo on the left shows a bright contrast with a dark blue sky and the bright red fall leaves on the trees. The photo on the right shows a mirror reflection of the mill in the lake.
Tilt the Camera
Historic buildings are great photo opportunities. And they will look great taken as they are. But let’s make it more interesting. Tilt your camera but don’t overdo it. In this photograph, a slight camera tilt and dramatic sky enhance the image.
Stop and Shoot
Take a scenic drive with your camera. When something interests you, stop and shoot it. In this case, it was the burst of color from the beautiful fall foliage. And always compose the scene in your camera before pressing the shutter.
Think Out of the Box
Not every photograph needs to be a person, scene or animal. Think of something totally different to photograph.
Shoot scenes that depict the holidays. The fall provides many opportunities. If you have children, dress them in fall clothes and put them in a pumpkin patch. It is the photograph Grandparents will love forever!
Roads, rivers, railroad tracks, paths and fences are items that show a perspective view. This also diverts the viewer’s eyes to a destination in the photograph. Want to make it even more interesting? Find an area in which the perspective is not straight, but curved. In this photograph, there are several curves leading the eyes to the trees in the background.
Take a road trip to remote areas. In this photograph, we stumbled upon an old hunting cabin that had been abandoned. Nestled in the woods in an isolated mountain road, this tiny red cabin caught our eyes and the shutter of my camera!