Choose Your Subject
While taking a close-up photo of your rig is always fun, in order to get really epic photos it’s best to place your subject (preferably a Toytec modified vehicle) in a scene. Also, try to find something else interesting either behind or in front of your subject.
Rule of Thirds
A tool every professional photographer uses regularly. When framing your photo, place your subject in one of the intersections in the top/bottom or left/right third of the frame. You can also crop the photos to place the subject in a more interesting spot.
The Golden Hour
The hour just after sunrise and just before sunset is commonly called The Golden Hour. During this time sunlight is softer and brings out reds and oranges in your photos
Bonus: The Blue Hour, just BEFORE sunrise and AFTER sunset rewards you with bluish, diffused light.
Know Your Gear
Whether you’re shooting with a smart phone, point & shoot camera, a drone, or a high end DSLR, it’s worth taking a little time to learn about available settings. This article (https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-photography-tips-for-beginners/) from Make Use Of begins with a quick overview of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. Also note that most built in camera apps on smartphones don’t expose many settings, so look for a good add-on photography app for the best results.
Edit, but not too much
There is a very fine line between editing a photo for the maximum amount of “awesome”, and making it appear fake. Be careful with vibrancy and saturation settings, as these can quickly ruin a photo; try to avoid the “over HDR” trap (below). Most importantly, try to show off your amazing adventure in the most realistic way possible.
Hopefully you find these tips useful, and we definitely encourage you to continue learning about the great ways you can photograph your experiences.
Thanks to Toyota Cruisers & Trucks for their input on this article, and for sharing some of their examples.
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