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    Every destination we plan to visit, whether it's the beaches of Bali or the temples of Cambodia, must be captured in a photograph to make the memories last.

    And with smartphones that have high definition cameras and photo editing applications, taking a snap of your vacation and the best sceneries are now made easier.

    Last year, an article from My Melange branded the Smartphone as an all-in-one travel gadget, with its ability to carry applications that assist us with our flights and tours, communication options through calls, text messaging, or online, and capturing our every vacation experience through videos and digital photographs.

    Today, we want to make sure you’re maximizing your smart handsets whenever you travel, so we listed down the guidelines you can follow when snapping your vacation photos.

     

    1.  Find the right location 

    The initial step in capturing photographs, whether for vacation or casual shot, is to locate the right place to take the snap. It must have all the natural elements such as a good background, perfect natural and artificial light, and more. Lisa Limer wrote in her Huffington Post article that you need to be aware and sensitive to the quality of light. For example, if you want a ray of light to appear on your subject, you may opt for early morning shoot.

    In an Insider’s Guide article published by Verizon Wireless, the tips they offered about taking photographs during fall season also suggested that it’s important to know your surroundings. You have to locate a dramatic backdrop to make your photos ‘postcard perfect.’ During fall, the article suggested that the best places to shoot your vacation photos are near a lake, areas with lots of fallen leaves (especially when your subject are children), a wooden bridge, or any unique spot you can find in the area.

     

    2.  Get an add-on lens 

    Despite your phone sporting a whopping pixel structure, it won’t hurt to resort to external lenses to produce clearer and more vibrant photos. There are four types of clip-on lenses that you can find on the market: fisheye, macro, wide angle, and telephoto.

    When shooting mountain scenery, using a macro lens would be ideal, as it can take close up shots of every small detail including the trees and windmills without making it pixilated. Meanwhile, wide angle lenses are perfect for landscapes. Fisheye would be perfect for outdoor parties or any instant shot, while a telephoto lens takes care of distant shooting.

     

    3.  Composition is still the King 

    A good portrait relies mainly on your ability to compose and decide which ones you’ll include in the frame. When trailing the Denali National Park in Alaska, good composition skills will allow you to snap the breathtaking view of the mountain ranges, its reflection to the lakes, the green fields, and the trees. Here are a few composition tips: 

    - Rule of thirds: 

    Even in mobile photography, the rule of thirds still applies. This concept ensures that the horizon of your portrait is properly leveled. Imagine your image (as seen on your screen) as divided into 9 parts with 2 equally aligned horizontal lines and 2 vertical ones. You will have to align your subject on any of the intersecting points to create more energy and appeal. 

    - Backlighting: 

    When taking snaps of nature or scenery, a strong backlight will be needed. You can choose areas with complimentary colors to create an appealing contrast to retain the right proportion. Instagramers.com creator Phillipe Gonzales notes that there must be a strong light behind the main subject to draw a perfect silhouette, which dramatically creates a story.

     

    4. Get a Tripod 

    If you still have enough space in your backpack, you may consider bringing The Swivl, a stand or tripod for your iPhone. It’s perfect when you’re traveling alone, as it has the ability to follow your every move like a mini camera crew.

    While it’s not ideal for striking portraits, The Swivl makes it up in terms for hands-free video shoot to document your entire trip. There are two modes for the Swivl base – Sport and Standard. When you’re traversing the Great Wall of China, placing the device on a flat surface ensures non-blurry clips shots of the aisles and your sprints. 

     

    Believe it or not, these four tips can yield the best travel photos. Mobile apps and accessories may also come to your rescue, but take note that a good mobile portrait is as successful as your compositional skills.