How to Take Better Train Travel Photos

For an Internet Rail Travelogue, and for Personal Use.

By Carl Morrison at - -

(The photo examples are best viewed while online, since some references are to photos on other web pages of mine.)

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5.  Crop your photos

eliminating distracting elements at the top, bottom, and sides as you shoot and in post-production.  As you can see in photo above, left,  the horizontally cropped photo looks better than showing a lot of sky and foreground.  (Don't forget to click the images in this report for a double-sized copy.)  Of course you are cropping a COPY for your report, never the original, which you have safely stored.  Web reporting can use any manual cropping.   Print media, on the other hand, may want specific cropping and resolution.  You will make a new copy from your archived originals for this purpose.  If you make prints of your own work, restrain the copy of the original to 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, etc. before sending them to a printer where they decide, or worse a machine decides, what to crop!  More about post-production editing in Section 17.

This photo is a combination of elements:  Cropping (Metrolink Logo was needed for this photo assignment), Telephoto  (Compacting of the light posts and handrail posts), Bordering (The Platform Roof and column), Rule of Thirds, and Unique Angle (I raised my camera to arms length to move the handrails down and the roof down).

The original, uncropped image (above) was necessary to include the border of palm trees and clock on the left. (I also crouched down to show the rest of the train under the  cover).

 Cropping the right and top from the image places focus on the main subject, the Surfliner.

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