Tips for Taking More Interesting Photos of Roads

#16 in the Judging a Photograph Series

.Tips for taking more interesting photos of roads on Falcondale Life blog. A road can make a good leading line in an image but tarmac is boring. Take more interesting photos of your journeys and travel with these tips for photographers.

I take a lot of pictures of roads because I like to remember journeys. If I’m having a family day out or I’m going on holiday, the journey might be part of the fun. Maybe you think taking photos of tarmac is boring! This is how I try to make roads more interesting in photos.

Roads for Leading Lines

The best thing about taking a photo of the road in front of me is that it makes a leading line in the image. That’s a strong feature in a composition. The leading line works by making your eye move along it, into the photograph. It should give a feeling of three-dimensions, even though the photo is flat.

A leading line usually runs diagonally from the lower corners of a photograph. Even with a road directly ahead, the edges may be at the corners and it will peter away into the distance.

Tips for taking more interesting photos of roads on Falcondale Life blog. A road can make a good leading line in an image but tarmac is boring. Take more interesting photos of your journeys and travel with these tips for photographers. A road in the Yorkshire Dales.

Zoom to Add Perspective

This shot taken in the Yorkshire Dales has a lovely view ahead of it. Instead of snapping it from the passenger seat, we stopped and I got out to take the photo. It would have been better if we had stopped 20 yards sooner because then I could have used more zoom. If I can stand further back and zoom in on the road ahead then it adds a lot more perspective.

Making Tarmac Less Boring

Tarmac is boring and I hesitate to commit a lot of pixels to the black stuff. In this shot there is a lovely damp sheen on the road surface from the rain. By turning the photo black and white it really stands out. Roads, pavements and especially cobbles look fantastic after rain.

There were two other reasons why I turned it black and white; Firstly to cut through the mist in the background; Secondly because I needed a photo to enter in a monochrome competition. I didn’t win anything for this one and I wasn’t surprised as the competition was stiff. The colour version is a nice shot but I have never processed it and it’s RAW SOC (straight out of camera).

Tips for taking more interesting photos of roads on Falcondale Life blog. A road can make a good leading line in an image but tarmac is boring. Take more interesting photos of your journeys and travel with these tips for photographers. A road in the Yorkshire Dales.

I even shoot pictures of the motorway. Perhaps that sounds a bit weird but one of these days I’ll write a post and share more pictures and you will understand where I am coming from! Why not challenge yourself to take a photo of your journeys as you go out and about over the spring and summer months?

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11 Comments

  1. 7th May 2017 / 10:07 pm

    I am mulling over the idea of 20 yards back and zooming in. Might need to experiment. The reflective light on the road changes the whole photo. #MySundayPhoto

  2. 7th May 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Ooh great tips thank you! The B&W photos are very evocative.

  3. 7th May 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I love how everyone has a photography style. It’s a great perspective to have about roads and their symbolic meaning of a journey of some kind.

  4. 7th May 2017 / 7:46 pm

    So many tips that would actually help my photography! And a lot of them make sense and easy to apply! thanks

  5. 7th May 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I love pictures of roads. It’s interesting to think about where they lead

  6. 7th May 2017 / 3:31 pm

    I love a road pic, I’ve been known to lay on my belly in the middle of the road to get a straight ahead up shot #MySundayPhoto

  7. 7th May 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I take pictures of roads too, and the motorway. Usually sitting in the carpark that is the M4 or M25! I have a great shot (somewhere) of a train on a lorry on the motorway. Oh and I do not shoot and drive lol, nor stop, just through the windscreen.
    I love how the B&W has brought out the detail of the mountain in the background too. #MySundayPhoto

    • 7th May 2017 / 3:21 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone in this! Sometimes when I’m driving I see a great photo opportunity then I bully my passengers into taking the picture. Definitely neither safe nor possible to drive at the same time.

  8. Susan
    7th May 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I’m amazed how you turned a fairly uninteresting SOC shot into the striking monochrome one. You saw some potential in the wet road that I wouldn’t have. Though I might have made the driver reverse 20 yards!!

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