14 Great Tips for Better Holiday PhotosWritten by Sean McCarthy
PlanetHop! is a true believer in the simple statement "leave nothing behind but footprints and take nothing away but memories". Taking photos of your most cherished travel experiences is something that will help to keep these memories alive and hopefully inspire friends and family to get out there and share in the joy of travel. However, no one will disagree with the fact that you're much more likely to pull out a great photo than a dud. So, to help you take that classic shot every time, this article will give you all of the tips needed to make sure that every photo that you take will be one that you pull out over and over again for years to come!
Do you want better holiday photos? Are your snaps a bit of a let down? Follow my 14 top tips to get photos that will live up to the memories. You'll be amazed how good they'll look and your friends and family will too.
1. To get clear photos avoid camera shake or moving the camera as you take the photo. Squeeze the shutter gently and steady yourself against solid objects.
Try a tripod for that perfect shot
2. Frame the shot carefully to get well framed photos and keep fingers and other items away from the lens. Obvious but true and, yes, I have done it.
Watch the thumb!
3. Experiment with compositions. Use roads and paths as strong lead-in lines, use objects in the foreground to add interest and tilt the camera for added drama.
Dry Tortugas National Park
4. Look for details. Often close-up shots of local objects can say as much about a location as scenic panoramas.
Angkor Wat stone carvings
5. Take photos in the early morning light or the hour before sunset, known as the ' Golden Hours', for dramatic lighting.
New Jersey sunrise
6. Get up early and capture your holiday destination with a different character, empty of tourists and peaceful.
The Great Wall of China before the tourists descend
7. Really fill the frame with your subject for extra impact. Get close and then closer still. Move around and take photos from different angles.
A boy and his trains!
8. Ask permission first if you want to take photos of local characters to avoid causing offence on cultural, personal or religious grounds.
A beggar on the streets of India
9. Take photos on bad weather days. Some great atmospheric shots can be achieved when the weather is bad, especially with stormy seas.
Stonehenge before a storm
10. Frame your subject through doorways or windows to create a frame within a frame. Street entrances or trees can also work.
11. Photograph the old next to the new, modern next to the traditional, or poverty in the midst of riches. These statement making photos will really stand out.
Where's the beef?
12. Look for strong graphic images such as sunset silhouettes or combinations of colour and form.
Sunset in the Thar Desert
13. The sky can often be as dramatic as the land, if it includes more sky or even just the sky.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
14. If you're shooting digitally, check your shots as you go to make sure you get the best ones.
My final words are experiment, get involved, have fun. Don't be too stiff, relax and get into it. With digital cameras you can take as many photos as you want and just keep the good ones.
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There's also nothing like a set of fantastic photos to liven up your house. It'll not only give your place a truly unique flair all its own, but will keep you inspired to get back out there "on the road" where you belong. So keep on clicking and thank the heavens that at least we're now in the digital age!
This article was posted by Sean McCarthy on Article Surfing and PlanetHop! supplied the accompanying photos. Sean is the Marketing Director for Help-me-park.com and a keen amateur photographer. Get a great start to your holiday by booking Meet and Greet airport parking at Gatwick Ariport at www.help-me-park.co.uk. Save money and book airport parking across the UK in advance with HelpMeTravel.com.