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Elle (Canada) - - Contents - BY Liz Gu­ber

THE LES­SON BE­HIND THE PHOTO: MAKE EACH PIC­TURE COUNT

In 2005, the early days of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, Toronto-based travel and street pho­tog­ra­pher Ren Bostelaar de­cided to go on a photo trip to Is­tan­bul, where he would be shoot­ing with a dig­i­tal cam­era for the first time. But as soon as the plane landed, dis­as­ter struck: His sin­gle large mem­ory card cor­rupted. Un­able to find a com­pat­i­ble card in the Grand Bazaar, he’d have to use the tiny mem­ory card that came with the cam­era—mean­ing he had just 30 shots for a five-day trip. “In­cred­i­bly, this be­came an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Bostelaar. “It forced me to get each im­age right be­fore I pressed the but­ton.” In the end, he took less than 30 photos dur­ing the trip—in­clud­ing this shot of a chil­dren’s play­ground in the shadow of Ha­gia Sophia. “These pic­tures turned out to be some of my favourites that I’ve shot.” Here are Bostelaar’s top travel-photo tips:

GET UP EARLY. “The best light is go­ing to be in the hour af­ter sunrise.” USE THE EQUIP­MENT

YOU HAVE. “You can take great travel photos with vir­tu­ally any cam­era—just look at the iPhone 6 bill­boards.” USE A SELFIE STICK, BUT NOT FOR SELF­IES. “They’re great for shoot­ing pic­tures over a crowd or find­ing new an­gles.” TAKE A

CHANCE. “Get a city map and di­vide it into 12 squares. Then roll some dice to de­ter­mine your next photo-tak­ing lo­ca­tions.”

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