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Digital Camera Advice #2: 10 tips for shooting landscapes on your travel nursing assignment

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As a travel nurse you no doubt will have the opportunity to take pictures of some amazing landscapes, here are a few tips to help you take advantage of that chance. 1. Find something interesting to shoot. A good landscape picture is full of vivid imagery throughout the image. Look beyond a single interesting image (that can be a picture in itself); you want the whole image to be visually interesting. 

2. Remember basic composition rules and be sure you have something in the foreground, mid-ground and background. 3. Don’t shoot at mid-day. There can be harsh lighting and bad shadows at that time of day, either the early morning or late afternoon offer the best soft natural lighting. 

4. Keep the horizon straight if it is visible in the picture. 5. Put the horizon line low to emphasize the sky and high to emphasize the land. 

6. Add some dimension by finding lakes, streams, oceans or any bodies of water that can reflect the rest of the scenery. 7. Your pictures should tell a story so try to capture images of what makes the area unique.  

8. Remember the rule of thirds. Basically, imaginary lines divide every photo into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Place important elements of your picture where these imaginary lines intersect. 9. Frame the image. Using a frame can make a normally plain picture into one that is much more visually interesting by creating depth. Normally you would use a foreground element to create a frame, like a doorway, a tree branch, a window frame, a fence, rows of trees or bushes, etc. You can pretty much use anything that provides a visual edge along the top, bottom or side of the photo. Always be aware of framing when you are composing your shot, you may have to adjust your physical position by backing up, kneeling down even laying down to get the best shot, but it will be worth it. 

10. Don’t be afraid to break the rules of composition once in awhile. Sometimes it’s the best way to capture the story. 

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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