Colours and patterns are also critical elements of good picture composition. Photo objects with rich colours make naturally good shots that require very little post-processing. Certain colours are also very characteristic of the particular local culture, and being able to make use of that to tell a picture story is a skill that one can acquire.
The rich interweaving of colours made this shot a terrific one. What this photograph has successfully captured is the vibrance of San Antonio, brilliantly composed to observe the one-third rule and a good clash of uniformed vertical panels with several diagonal lines. Here, the red flags serve as “pattern-breakers” – discussed in Travel Photograph Tip 1 – well-contrasted against the rich turqoise and chrome yellow.
The rich colours of the shophouses at Hoi An make for really good photo opportunities. What stands out here are the latterns, the focal point of the entire picture composition. This picture boasts of a good balance of shapes and sizes, from lines to blocks of empty spaces to bulbous lanterns that dangle against the noon-day sun, casting shadows for effect. This shot came about after days of walking down Hoi An merchant street. For still life shots like this, it’s always good to cover the area extensively so that you can picture how you’re going to take your shots, discover better spots, and maximise every exposure (shot taken). Although digital cameras allow you to snap and trash all you like, do remember that your camera shutters do have a limited useful life too. So take your time and make every shot count.