It is important, when taking a snap of, say, a tourist destination, to think for a few seconds.
Take this image, of a guard at Stockholm’s Royal Palace:
A snapshot, but one I thought about for a bit.
- I got close enough to fill the frame.
- I ensured that I shot when the sun was lighting his face, not the back of his head.
- I placed the palace he is guarding behind him, not the parking lot.
- I blurred out that palace.
- I used the “rule of thirds” in the composition.
- I shot at the right moment, when his arm was outstretched.
- I had started by looking for a guard who looked not unfriendly.
- And I ensured the blue sky reflected in his helmet.
A little thinking makes your shot from a snapshot into a photograph. Just think of subject, context, background, light, and composition.