Taipei is located in northern Taiwan between the Central Mountains and Yangming Mountains. As the national capital of Taiwan, Taipei’s population represents the largest urban cluster in the Republic of China. Traveling to Taipei offers individuals and families an opportunity to learn more about culture and sample some of the most Taiwanese cuisine ever made. If you are a photography enthusiast, you will probably be spending a big portion of your time snapping pictures of Taipei's scenic sites. Below, you will discover several tips on how to achieve the best vacation photos.
Altering Your Perspective
Most photographers will get down on eye level with the subject they are focusing their camera on. While this is only natural, changing the angle never hurts, because it will allow you to achieve beautiful portraits that will offer the wow factor. Instead of getting on eye level, get up high and shoot down on the subject. You can also get as near to the ground as possible and shoot upwards. Both of the positions will allow you to see your subject from a different angle that will create a lot of interest.
Choose Interesting Subjects
Capturing some of the most extraordinary photographs will depend on the subject. Of course, you will be taking pictures in Taipei’ oldest district, Wanhua, which is filled with historical buildings and the popular Red House Theater. You will not be allowed to take pictures inside the theater, but you can take as many as you want, while waiting for the concert to start. If you are taking pictures of your children, be sure to have them to pose in different ways. By posing them in open shade, you will be able to utilize the natural light to enhance the image.
It is also a great idea to dress up for the occasion. For instance, if you are going to be visiting the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, your family can wear Chinese attire and headwear. This will help envelop your family into the environment, which is a unique way to capture images in a foreign country.
Take Images Of The Locals
Do not be shy ask the locals if you can take pictures of them. Some of the most reputable photographers have captured images of local people that went viral. These images have appeared in popular magazines, TV ads and on billboards. If you approach the locals in the right way, they will gladly pose for you. Be sure to joke around with them, so they feel more comfortable and obliged to become your subject.
Overcast Conditions Make Great Backgrounds
If you are going to spending several days in Taipei, you will definitely experience different weather conditions. Overcast conditions make the perfect background, especially when capturing images of historical landmarks, like the Taipei International Financial Center. Your best bet will be to take pictures early when the sunlight begins to peak through and late in the evening right before sunset. These will give your pictures a bit of a dramatic feel and eliminate any hard shadows.
Take Pictures Of Local Establishments
If you are going to be visiting the Wanhua district, you will come across many historical buildings. Of course, you will want to capture as many images as possible of these establishments. Well, if you are lucky you will be able to venture inside the buildings and capture a few images of the interior and furniture. Local café and diner owners may also be willing to allow you to take pictures of their establishments. Just ask nicely and they will potentially oblige.
Using frames will also add depth to your images. Oval windows and arches will allow you to focus your attention on your subject.