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3 Tips for better photos from via Solo Traveler

September 25, 2013

Tip #1 – Wait for it

The photo below is a good example of the “wait for it” tip. Who knows how long Mccurry had his camera and tripod set in just the perfect position waiting for the perfect moment to shoot this colorful alley. Soriano told me that he might wait four hours for the shot he knows will eventually come.

Boy running through alleyway.

Tip #2 – Establish a rapport

McCurry took this iconic photo only after spending time with this young woman, gaining her trust. One can’t simply snap a shot like this with the eyes penetrating the lens and the viewer. This comes after building a rapport.

Afghan Girl – 1985

Tip #3 – Look for contrasting colors.

In photo after photo, Tino Soriano pointed out how McCurry finds contrasting colors to make his photos interesting. Below is a photo of the girl above 17 years later. In both cases, strong contrasting colors were used to wonderful effect.

The Afghan Girl – 2002

And some final wise words from Soriano…

Many people travel through their camera. This is a mistake. Concentrate on getting four or five really good shots and then experience the place.

For the full article:

Through the Eyes of National Geographic Photographers: 3 Tips for better photos | Solo Traveler

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