Colours of Italy

This might be a slight (ok, maybe overt) humble brag but I’ve always loved receiving the feedback from others that they love my photos and the way I’ve curated my images. As someone who hasn’t had any formal training – unless you count hours of YouTube tutorials and reviews – I’ve come a long way from when I purchased my first professional camera and not knowing the difference between a full frame and half frame camera.


Everything I have done to this day, whether it be learning how to adjust settings, framing a photo or even just editing the image has been self-taught and through trial and error. There are a number of factors that contribute to a “good” photo:

  • Type of camera being used
  • Time of day the image is being shot
  • Position of the sun
  • The backdrop being used for the photo
  • Framing of the subject in relation to the backdrop


One of the most important things that I’ve found that helped me learn was to experiment with the composition of shots. You don’t really need to follow the traditional rules of photography that professionals preach, like the rule of thirds, because I can tell you now, that rule never comes to mind when I take my photos.


I made the switch almost eight months ago to Sony and haven’t looked back – and there is a key reason why I love the camera so much. The Sony RX100 V is not only small but has an incredible autofocus speed of 0.05 seconds, which means that taking burst shots is great when you want to have options. There are three continuous shooting speeds that you can play around with on the camera.


Many professional photographers would probably discourage taking hundreds of similar shots but I’ve always been of the opinion that I would rather have too many options to choose from than too few. The resolution of the images means that you can also crop photos later if the framing wasn’t quite right in your initial shot. I’m going to share with you my 5 tips for photo composition that I generally follow and see how you go with capturing your travel and instal-worthy content. 


5 Tips for Photo Composition


Sony RX100V Tips, Amalfi Coast, Italy


#1: Simple Always Works

When you want a shot that creates a reaction/impact then the best way to achieve this is to have a de-cluttered background. You won’t always be able to keep other objects out of the shot but you might be able to make them part of the story in the background.


Tip: – You don’t need to move in close to your subject to cut unwanted objects out of the shot, simply crop the shot in post-production. The 20.1 megapixel resolution of the Sony RX100 V has meant that we can take shots at longer distances and then crop in as required afterwards without losing image quality.


#2: Get Creative with Colours

You don’t necessarily need strong contrasting colours to create an amazing shot. When you have many competing colours in the one shot then shooting them in the same hue will tie everything together. Framing is also important when you need to control which colours appear in your image. For example, this shot of me in Positano could have included the blue waters but we chose to eliminate the cool blue from the colour palette because of the warmth that permeates throughout the shot.


Sony RX100V Tips & Tricks, Positano, Italy


Tip: There are various creative styles – or presets that can be used in the Sony RX100 V to change the overall vibe of your images. Choose between vivid, neutral, clear, deep, light, portrait, landscape, sunset, night, autumn leaves, black and white, sepia and standard.


#3: Use Lines to Lead You Sony RX100V Tips, Positano, Italy

You can use lines in your backdrop to guide others to what you’re trying to shoot; converging lines will give a sense of perspective and depth to the image. You can use almost anything for lines including walls, fences, and roads or in my case, rows of sun chairs and umbrellas.


Tip: Ensure that your image is balanced by using the built-in level monitor because there’s nothing worse than lopsided images – unless purposefully done.


#4: Fill your Frame

This is something you’ll find frequently when you travel, but a large-scale scene can be hard to capture when you have someone to frame into the shot as well. If you don’t do it right then you could look like a speck against the backdrop, but by zooming and filling the entire frame you can fix this. Alternatively in the shot above on Positano beach, by simply moving closer to me we’ve created an impactful shot that’s made me (the subject) larger against the backdrop.


Sony RX100V Tips, Italy, Positano#5: Sidestep the Conventional Subject in the Middle Shot

Dropping your subject smack in the middle of a shot is just boring and produces incredibly static images when you have no other defining elements to the shot like leading lines. Try moving yourself away from the center and balance out the rest of the image with something you’re trying to capture in the scene.


The most important thing to take away from this is that practice makes perfect – I’ve had almost three years of just experimenting and I’m still finding new ways to shoot my images.


If you have any tips to share then please drop them in the comments below! Check out Colours of Hong Kong and Colours of Marrakech posts too for other tips and tricks!


Sony RX100V Tips, Positano, Italy, Le Sirenuse


This post has been created in collaboration with Sony Australia. Images captured with the Sony RX100 V.

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Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Christie Elizabeth

    I have been looking into a new camera for a while now and I think you have me almost converted ! Your images are beautiful. Thanks for the hot tips. I hope to bring my captures up to speed. When I studied graphic design and web dev we touched on photography and rule of thirds etc. I think most people with a creative eye naturally complete these traditions without trying.

  • Swikriti Dandotia

    wow!! these pictures are awesome and so colorful.. you have taken all beautiful picture which shows the colors of Italy

  • Aleah Gray

    I’ve been looking for a good camera to use for my photos as well. I’m going to be checking the camera you listed out. I appreciate the tips you have for photography. I will be using those. The picture at the bottom has great quality.

  • Steph K

    Wow your photos are amazing! Love these tips & how you captured Italy!

    xo, Steph

  • Jane Dee Wylie

    This is so great. My photography is definitely lacking! Thanks for the tips. You actually answered several questions I had about my photos.

  • My photography skills are definitely not the best. I am able to get great shots, but not perfect ones. I dont Photoshop so would rather improve my skills.

  • Tisha Miltiades

    THANK YOU for the insight! Your shots are AMAZING! I definitely need to step my game up haha!

  • Britt+Whit

    Great shots babe! Love the non-centered recommendations! That always catches the eye


  • Marissa Wehrer

    I could only dream of capturing photos like you right now! You are an amazing photographer, and you captured Italy beautifully.

  • Great tips! Love how you have somehow created a theme from travel photos, something I find very hard to do

  • Nataly Kimball

    These are great shots babe! I would love to visit Italy one day!

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Great photography tips! I especially agree with having lines to lead you – it makes the picture so much more interesting.

  • I love these photography tips – especially coming from you! I’ve admired your photography style and artistry for so long, so this was super helpful to read. I’ve been looking for a new camera, and I’ll definitely be checking out this Sony one!

  • Candace

    You are definitely making me want to get that camera! While I love my Nikon, I could definitely use a smaller camera to take with me to my events, while not diminishing quality. You shared some great photography tips!

  • Jennifer Stewart

    As a food blogger I am always trying to find balance with my colors in the food and my props. All these are great tips that will improve my photography for sure!

  • I adore your photography! Thanks for sharing your tips with us =o) I’ll have to play around with my camera now

  • Vyjay Rao

    Very interesting read.. I too have learnt by experimentation and trial and error, it is indeed a continuous process, and something to learn every day.

  • Jojo Vito

    Nice photographs here. I was reminded the first time I got my first DSLR way back. I enrolled in a crash course on photography and god confused with so many things to remember. But I agree, youtube really helped my in learning continuously.

  • Jessan

    You have amazing photos here. I love the splash of colors. I am learning to develop my photography skills as well

  • JayCee Wall

    These colors all look amazing on you! Italy looks like a dream! I want to go there someday!

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    I need to get my hands on a smaller camera for sure and the Sony RX100 V sounds like something even I could learn how to use as I’m not a good photographer at all (hence I use photographers for all my shoots, which is an expense as well…) Thanks for the tips and can’t wait to be a better photographer!
    Thomas xx

  • Your pictures are always STUNNING!!! And now I know some of your secrets! That sounds like a great little camera and it definitely does an amazing job!

  • I think you’ve convinced me!! I’ve heard of other bloggers getting the Sony because it’s so much lighter weight!

  • I shoot with a canon professional but I’ve been looking for a compact camera to take for small functions and short day trips. I just end up getting this one. These are such great tips for anyone.