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Tips on travel photography

How to return from holiday with perfect photos

Holidays are for enjoying experiences and creating memories. One of the best ways to capture your holiday is by taking photos. However, have you ever looked back at your photos at the end of the trip and been slightly disappointed? Perhaps the focusing is slightly out, or the light wasn’t right, or just that your pictures haven’t brought out the best of the vista?

Don’t worry, we’re at hand to provide some tips on how to take the perfect holiday photo, so you can be proud of your snaps when showing them to family and friends! Then of course, we’ll recommend some places where you’ll be able to use your new techniques to take a really stunning shot!

Paris at night
Paris at night
  • Think about the time of day you’re taking your picture. Sometimes you can be under pressure to take photos because you’ve only got limited time, and it’s that pressure which can mean the photos don’t work out. So it can be beneficial to get up early, or stay up late when it’s a bit quieter and not so many people around to have a wander and try and get a better photo. Plus, the light will tend to be better when it’s not the midday bright sunshine.
Bordeaux wine corks
Bordeaux wine corks
  • Try and take a close-up shot that’s slightly different to the usual photos. You will want the full shot of the landscape/castle, but then zoom in on a particular detail for an additional shot, you’ll be surprised what details you will pick out, and it will really help you to remember parts of the scene that you would have otherwise forgotten.
Cycling in the Loire
Cycling in the Loire
  • Keep clicking. Take as many shots as possible in one go, you can always edit out the ones you don’t want to keep later. Sometimes some of the best shots you take just happen at the right moment, so the more you shoot, the more you are likely to get THAT photo.
Gargoyle on Notre Dame, Paris
Gargoyle on Notre Dame, Paris
  • Take photos off-centre. Positioning the subject of your photo just to the right will allow you to feature more of the backdrop, but actually, draws more attention to the object itself.
  • Change your position. Whether it’s from high, looking downwards, or underneath looking upwards, think about how you can take a different perspective. Even tilt the camera to take a photo sideways on, you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes.
Mont St-Michel
Mont St-Michel
  • Rule of thumb tends to be not to take pictures directly into the light, but on some occasions this can work to your advantage. Sometimes the light can be more important than the subject, such as when you want to capture a silhouette against an amazing sunset, or light shining through the trees, for example.

So there you have it! Some great tips to help you get the shots you want on holiday. 

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a David Bailey, and would like to get some advice about the views and different opportunities that our holidays could offer, then please get in contact with our team who can help advise you.

Then once you’ve come back, we’d love to see your pictures, post them on our Facebook page, send us a Tweet, or tag us on Instagram and tell us what you did to get your favourite shot! 

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