National Geographic Traveler photo editor Dan Westergren is traveling with us on our expedition to Montana. He is teaching all of the contest winners how to use their cameras and take good pictures with them. Here are some of Dan’s top tips for taking photos!
-Don’t always put your subject in the center of your picture. Divide your frame into thirds in your mind, horizontally and vertically, and place your subject at the intersection of the thirds.
-Take your camera with you whenever possible. Pay attention to your surroundings…always pay attention.
-Try different angles and positions. Don’t always shoot standing up, straight on…lie down, squat low, or climb up high. Try showing more sky and less landscape.
-Pay attention to the light. Your photos can be very dramatic at sunrise, at sunset, or with cloudy skies.
-Keep moving around and try different angles until you find just the right spot to take your picture so it includes every element. Focus on the subject, think about composition, and then take several photos till you get the one that feels great.