How to Take Great Holiday Photographs
Travel Photography Tips – Want to improve your Holiday Photographs?
I’m currently on vacation for a couple of weeks over in Samos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea just a few miles off of the coast of Turkey. Samos is the birthplace of Pythagoras, the mathematician (remember the Pythagoras Theorem from school?), scholar etc….
With the sun rising very early I have to confess that any plans that I had to get photographs of the sun rising have been permanently put on hold, after all this is meant to be a holiday.
As it is a holiday all my professional camera equipment has been safely stored away and instead I just packed my Canon G12, which I have to say is a fantastic little camera and I’m really pleased with it.
To help you improve the way you take your holiday photographs, please find below a small selection of photographs I have taken along with a brief description on tips to help you take great holiday photographs.
Get lower to change the view the subject and slightly tilt the camera diagonally for more drama
Simply use foliage from the trees in the foreground to create a frame for the main subject
Take a photograph from the side to create ‘leading lines’ that will take the viewers eye across the image
Find subjects with bold colours and textures to help your photographs ‘pop’
‘Rule of Thirds’ Instead of putting the person in the middle put them to one side to place them in the scene rather than the photo just being about the person.
Another example of using leading line to draw the viewers eye into the image
Look for strong shapes. For this image I had to go and find the plant pot to give more interest to the photograph
Get in close. If your camera has Macro setting use this to create a shallow depth of field
Another example of Rule of Thirds for the building and also using the trees as a frame
Geometric shapes of the steps to create a bold image with the pots to add interest
Look for bold local features to create a ‘Postcard’
Find a mountain, start climbing up… keep on climbing, then climb a little bit more. Find a safe vantage point and take your photo
Technically there is too much going on in this photograph. But hey, holiday photographs are to give you great memories of your time away so simply take the photographs that will do this for you
If you’re fairly new to photography or you simply want to refresh your skills then why not come along to one of our Introduction to Digital Photography workshops. You’ll have a great day learning new techniques and making new friends.
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