When you’re traveling, it’s easy to be so blown away by what you see that all of your creativity goes out the window—you raise your camera and snap away, ending up with the same photo as everyone else. Sometimes a simple composition makes your subject stand out; other times it’s wise to add some interest to an oft-photographed site. Here are a few ways to combine objects in the frame.
• Show scale by photographing a person or object next to a much larger object, such as a small boat next to a towering glacier.
• Create humor, possibly by contrasting strange objects or showing someone’s reaction or surprise to a place or event.
• Choose an angle that fills any dead space in the foreground of the picture with an object (or person) that’s unrelated yet visually interesting.
_ADAPTED FROM TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE DAVEY (FOOTPRINT, 2008; $30)