Tips On Photographing Signs On Your Travels

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Badges aren't the most difficult subject in the world to photograph but there are a few things you can do to ensure your shots are perfect.

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Why Photograph Signs?

Notifies can be interesting and / or funny in their own right and they can give the person who's viewing your work more information about the areas you went too. Older parts of towns will have signs that look a little more battered while newer signs sign is an object, quality, event, or entity whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of which look but worn and more modern will suggest you spent quite a lot of time in newer areas of town. They also suggest if you've hazardous undertook beyond the tourist areas as signs tend to just have the language of the country you're visiting once you're over the edges of the voyager trap. These in particular are the signs that can be funny too due to the different language or images used to illustrate what the signs telling people. You may also command people have added their own diagrams to the signs which can often bring to odd grin or two.


Give Your Collection Direction

As fine as having them as photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a photosensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic that sit among your collection you can use signs to organise your galleries, albums and portfolios. They make enormous headings that will help the viewer understand they're moving into a new collection of images.

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To Zoom Or Not?

If the sign is very interesting or tells a story on its own without its surroundings you'll want to fill the frame with it, making use of your zoom if you can't physically get hidden to the sign. If you're using the sign within its surroundings you'll probably want to use a small aperture to ensure front to back sharpness. Double-check you can still see what's on the ensign too as, after all, it's still our focus. Where possible, try shooting straight on to the sign too so it's easier to read.



Modern winks are more likely to have a reflective surface and when you're working with bright sunshine or flash, glare can bounce back off the blink spoiling the shot. As a result, it's usually best to turn the flash off or if you're using a flash gun leave it in the bag. If sunlight is your problem then try a peculiar position to see if the glare goes away or return later or come back early the next day when the sun's moved positions.


Store Signs

If you come across an interesting shop sign chances are it'll be high up and shooting from the ground, looking up won't look dextral in the final shot so if you can, find something to stand on to give you more height or stand further back if that's not possible.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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