From the winding and confusing alleyways in the Old Medina to the lush desert gardens at Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle, This Is Marrakech.
A view from the airplane window will reveal a red dust covering a rustic city that makes you wonder if you’ve made the right travel choice.  Once you’re on the ground and out of the airport, it’s completely evident that Marrakech is indeed an oasis that will fuel your senses.  The sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the Red City are everything you could ever imagine.
Jamaa El-Fna is the main square and the heart of Marrakech’s Old Medina.  Here you’ll find an abundance of fresh squeezed orange juice, temporary restaurant stalls that have operated for decades, overprice souvenirs and deafening sounds of entertainers.  Snakes will charm you and monkeys will delight for a price as will any photo you capture.
Don’t miss the incredible Ben Youssef Madrasa, a centuries old Islamic college which is now a historical site and a popular one at that.  Have your camera ready as the tile work is like an explosion of colour and patterns.  The  Alahambra architectural feel will remind you of Morocco’s strong connection to Spain and the doorways are phenomenal.  
Saadian Tombs is another favourite of mine as it is the eternal home to the members of the Saadi Dynasty that ruled nearly six hundred years ago.  The tombs are simple in design tho’ the intricate tile work and ornate columns are mind blowing.  We are fortunate to enjoy the craftsmanship today.   The Saadian Tombs can be found at the southwestern part of the Old Medina and near Palais El Badii.
The textures, colors, and patterns you’ll find at every turn will keep your shutter clicking finger busy the entire time.  Do be mindful, however.  Many shopkeepers are not keen to have their photo taken.  Don’t be surprised if someone asks you to pay to take a photo.
The video in this blog shows a variety of sights throughout the Medina as well as the impeccable Jardin Majorelle.  Keep reading below for nice tips for you to capture better travel photos during your next trip to Marrakech.

 

30 tips to take better travel photos with your MOBILE PHONE

A beautiful travel picture can be with you for the rest of your life: on your laptop, on your desk or even on the wall, as an element of interior design.  Even if you are not a photographer, you can create high definition images with a smartphone.  Smartphones are more portable than professional cameras, and the quality of photographs has steadily been improving.  But what makes an high definition image an outstanding image?

Composition
Take photos with people
  • Incorporate a human element into landscapes, such as a person or their property.
  • It makes photos more personal, more memorable and gives them a sense of scale and place.
  • Put famous landmark in the background (the Tour Eiffel is a clear example) and capture how locals live their lives around them.
  • For portraits, shoot at eye level or elevate the subject.  Avoid shooting down at someone.
Play with reflections and symmetry
  • Symmetry brings aesthetically pleasing balance and proportion into photography.  When used correctly, it can create outstanding images.
  • Look for reflections as this can make for a beautiful photo: a mirror, a lake or a window can help you to take a unique shot.
Forget selfies

They are not cool any more.  It is cool to take a professional photographer with you.  Of course, if you an ordinary traveler, you might use the person with whom who you are travelling.  The quality might be not that extraordinary, but still, it’s better than selfie!

Capture the perfect moment

The crucial thing to remember is to think of your camera when something exciting happens.  If you are lucky enough, and keep cool, then it’s done.  This is why the smartphone is such a useful thing. You don’t need to prepare, just grab it out of a pocket and SHOOT!  Use burst mode to capture the perfect moment in motion.  To use burst, hold down the shutter button and it will capture 10 frames per second.

Keep your lens clean

We bet that your smartphone is not always in the clean and sterilised place.  So you better wipe your lens before making a shot-of-your-life.  Otherwise, no one will believe you if you’re just saying that you really spotted the troll in Norway.

Focus & Light
  • Look for a focal point rather than taking a photo just of the sea: a pattern in the sand, footprints, water over rocks.
  • Use lines in your composition. They should lead to your focal point.
  • Focus on the foreground even if the backdrop is what you want. It adds character and depth to the photo.
  • Use High Dynamic Range (HDR) which will result in a perfectly exposed photo.
  • Use the focus feature by tapping on what you want to be in focus. In this way will adjust the light in the photo (this is really useful for sunset and sunrise).
Don’t you ever use the flash

Not only because it turns nice old ladies in theatres and museums into scariest monsters ever seen, but because it ruins the quality of the image.  Believe us.  If you don’t, then try to investigate by taking such pictures, asking your professional friends, reading blogs and magazines and then, just don’t do it.  Don’t use flash.

Don’t move

Keep your photo sharp using these easy tricks:

  • Hold the smarphone with both hands
  • Lean the smartphone against a steady element or a flat surface;
  • Shoot the picture with the volume button instead of the screen tap
  • Use the self-timer
Sunset & sunrise always win

For great landscapes get up early or stay up late.  Shoot early in the morning or as the sun is setting to give your image more impact, with longer shadows and softer lights.  Shooting at these times means you will likely be there when no one else is, giving you a unique perspective.  Create silhouettes using the sunset (as the flash on most phones cannot carry long distances).  Try to shoot a sunset with clouds to provide some interesting patterns and uniqueness.

Use photography apps

Photography apps are something that might help a simple picture look cool.   “It allows you to shoot in bursts and separates the AF lock from the exposure lock”  Don’t use Instagram to take pictures: it gives you a lower definition than the built-in photo app.

Edit
Crop it. Don’t zoom it.

When you zoom in on your smartphone the quality of the picture is just not as good.   The camera simply guesses what the image looks like and makes it more precise, based on these assumptions.  The picture gets ugly fast.

Don’t add fake blur

The depth of field is a feature of the cameras that is hard to replicate with smartphones.  Wide angle lenses and sensors makes quite difficult to have a blurred background picture.  But replicating a blurred background effect through an editing app makes things worse!  Apps apply the blur effect uniformly: in this way the picture will have an ugly transition from sharp to blurry and it will look unnatural.

Instagram

Instagram has become one of the most popular ways to edit and share images.  

  • Don’t share everything on Instagram, share your best images.
  • Edit photos with a light hand that compliments, rather than detracts, from your original.
  • Though Instagram has filters, remember that putting a filter on a bad photo will not make it great.
  • These are down to individual choice, but the most liked photos have the following filters: Willow, Valencia and Sierra.
  • #nofilter brings in the most likes on Instagram.

Your smartphone can be a great solution to keep beautiful memories of your travels around the world.

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