Good and bad photos of the most beautiful places in the world.
Comparing good and bad is a really great way to learn. When photographers say “don’t just take the shot, make the shot” — this is what they mean!
1. Sea of Stars at Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
In the first photo, you can almost see the camera’s eye focusing on the sunset off in the distance instead of the water. Same location, totally different shot!
2. Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Japan
Same path, different perspective. Makes a world of difference, doesn’t it!
Tip: move the lens slightly up or down. Also, compare standing vs squatting. Sometimes a change in perspective makes a lot of difference.
3. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Tip: Really look at what’s in the shot. Try closer and farther. Which is better?
4. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This castle was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
In the first shot, I just want to holler GO TO THE OTHER SIDE!!! (lol)
Tip: What’s on the other side? Is there a better spot to shoot from?
5. Temple of Ta Pr-ohm, Cambodia…
The ancient temples were originally built as a Buddhist monastery & university, and later abandoned to nature. Same as the last one, I want to holler GO ‘ROUND TO THE OTHER SIDE
6. Iguazu Falls at the Argentina-Brazil border
I didn’t think it was possible to take a bad picture of Iguazu, but there’s always someone happy to prove me wrong. The first photo doesn’t seem to have any point of focus at all — it doesn’t focus on the lush growth or the falls.
Tip: If you’re there anyway, don’t just take the shot, make the shot!
7. Sequoia National Forest, California
It’s not that the first photo isn’t lovely. It is. But sometimes, you need something to add a perspective that would be missing otherwise.
Tip: look for the wow factor
8. Lavender fields in Provence, France
They’re both lovely photos, really. The first one seems to focus on the sunset, and the lavender is just there. The second shot highlights the lavender rows.
Tip: Don’t just move the camera, move your body too. Try squatting to shoot up.
9. Ruakuri Cave in New Zealand
This magical cave twinkles with bio-luminescent light from glowworms. The first photo is so close-up I can’t tell what I’m seeing. The second one — omg!
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