How to Take Better Holiday Photos

Aug 9, 2013 by

How to Take Better Holiday Photos

Wherever you decide to go and enjoy your next holiday, you’re going to want strong images that frame the amazing experiences you have. Not you nor anyone else will be intrigued by multiple shots of a beachfront or by dull photos with the date imprinted in the lower corner. Travel like a photography professional during your next holiday and you’ll return with a repository representing life-changing moments that will be worth archiving.

What Should You Use?

Getting these quality images is not so much based upon what camera you have but rather how you use the equipment you do have. The basic principles of good photography lie more in technique rather than in the capacity of the device itself. A good DSLR or 35mm camera are excellent tools as long as you know how to manipulate them in addition the working with the physical elements of your surroundings.

Find the Right Lighting

Lighting should be one of your primary focuses. Natural sunlight is best whenever you want to produce a more visible, crisp final product. Some expert photographers suggest that you awake early to take advantage of the transient morning light. The light strength and saturation will vary, but that is essentially what makes it so subtly beautiful. The gentle light from both dusk and dawn produces an ethereal glow that you won’t get from direct sunlight or synthetic lighting.

Move in Close or Stand Back
If you want close ups, physically move in closer to the subject. The zoom feature, depending on what type of camera you have, could make the image look pixelated. There is also something much more striking, something that creates more dimension, when you center in on a subject more closely.

Balance Photographing People with Things
Sometimes you will want a standalone photograph or scenery or of landscapes for mere aesthetic purposes, which is fine. When you are travelling with family, friends, or even when you meet others along the way, you will want them in your photos too. Seeing people against a backdrop interlaces emotional undertones and tell a deeper story about your ventures.

Use the Rule of Thirds
This is one of the most common photographic techniques. You use the rule of thirds by dividing the photographed scene into three even sections vertically and horizontally. Essentially, you would be imagining a grid overlaying your subject matter. You will want the focal point to fall along either the left or right side of this grid, but never right in the middle of it. The rule of thirds will add interest to your photos.

There are multiple online services that allow you to upload the files and get the copies mailed to you. Additionally, you can save your holiday photos into a (digital) album, upload them to your online portfolio, blog about them, or publicize them on your social media profiles. They are yours to cherish–do with them whatever you desire to!

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