Smoast about your travels with these classic photography tricks

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Harness perspective, reflection and timing (often with a big slice of luck) in your photography however, and you’ll be well on your way to grabbing your friends’ attentions.

Pictures of famous buildings, beautifully prepared meals and “Hey, look everyone’s having a blast” bar scenes are nice and everything. But they’re not exactly, how shall we say, the most riveting photos for your friends to see on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Harness perspective, reflection and timing (often with a big slice of luck) in your photography however, and you’ll be well on your way to grabbing your friends’ attentions.

Smoast (boast on social media) about your adventures with these classic optical illusions.

FORCED PERSPECTIVE…

Get to grips with landmarks

Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. Photo: vl8189

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Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy. Photo: Candida.Performa
Space Needle, Seattle, USA
Space Needle, Seattle, USA. Photo: ynnil
Great Sphinx of Giza, Giza, Egypt
Great Sphinx of Giza, Giza, Egypt. Photo: habi
Kiama Light, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia.
Kiama Light, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia. Photo: robb3d
San Francisco streets, California, USA
San Francisco streets, California, USA. Photo: Franco Folini

Keep things on a level on a salt flat

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: jimmyharris
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo:
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: Alicia Nijdam
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo:
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: Ricampelo
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo: Where There Be Dragons

Don’t let the sun go down on you

Ko Lanta, Krabi, Thailand
Ko Lanta, Krabi, Thailand. Photo: FDWR
Kurumgad Island, Karnataka, India
Kurumgad Island, Karnataka, India. Photo: Gopal Venkatesan
Fort McNair, Washington D.C., USA
Fort McNair, Washington D.C., USA. Photo: wfyurasko

Play with props

Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
Rainbow at Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Photo: clickclickclickclick
Postcard, Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
Postcard, Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. Photo: Nomad Tales
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA
Hot air balloons – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA. Photo: insidious_plots
Lynfred Winery, Roselle, Illinois, US
Wine glass – Lynfred Winery, Roselle, Illinois, USA. Photo: Mike Miley
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Krishna’s Butterball – Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Photo: ind{yeah}
Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Space Shuttle – Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. Photo: toastforbrekkie
Record sleeve
Record sleeve. Photo: izatrini_com

With a little help from your friends

Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
In your hands – Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Photo: golbenge
Middletown, Delaware, USA
Hand of god – Middletown, Delaware, USA. Photo: thentoff

Bring statues to life

Dmitrov, Russia
Lenin, Dmitrov, Russia. Photo: kryshen
Union Point Park, Oakland, California, USA
Union Point Park, Oakland, California, USA. Photo: darinmarshall
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Photo: beckstei

Blend into 3D street art worlds

Geldern, Germany
Edgar Mueller’s “Lava Burst” in Geldern, Germany. Photo: l-i-n-k
"Snappit" in Liverpool, England
“Snappit” in Liverpool, England. Photo: muddyclay

REFLECTION…

Capture a reflection, chop out the real subject, and then rotate for good measure

Big Ben in London, England
Big Ben in London, England. Photo: Loco Steve
Denver Botanical Gardens in Denver, Colorado, USA
Denver Botanical Gardens in Denver, Colorado, USA. Photo: snowpeak
Sarawak State Library , Sarawak, Malaysia
Sarawak State Library , Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo: jin.thai

In the eye of the beholder – sights mirrored in sunglasses lenses

Empire State Building, New York City, USA
Empire State Building, New York City, USA. Photo: Eneas
Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain. Photo: pulguita
Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia. Photo: Christian Haugen
Mayrhofen, Tyrol, Austria
Mayrhofen, Tyrol, Austria. Photo: stefanweihs
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Photo: Jaymis
Bridge in Connecticut, USA
Bridge in Connecticut, USA. Photo: Chris C Chen

TIMING…

Suspend animation … freeze frame

Air snorkelling in Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Air snorkelling in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: PaperStainer
Telford, England
Clouded thoughts in Telford, England. Photo: liber
Fuji-Q Highland, Yamanashi, Japan
Hanging with friends in Fuji-Q Highland, Yamanashi, Japan. Photo: scion_cho

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Smoast about your travels with these classic photography tricks was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.