Whenever I go on holiday, I always take my digital camera along. I know that most people are happy to take snaps with their phones nowadays and, it has to be said, some high-end smartphones boast excellent photographic equipment nowadays.
However, there is something about a dedicated camera that I really like. There may not be a huge difference in the picture quality but just the fact I am using a camera rather than a phone seems to inspire me to try harder.
How to Get the Best from Your Camera or Phone
Whether you use a dedicated camera or a phone with a high quality lens, you can follow the tips below to improve your chances of taking some great snaps on your overseas holidays.
- Take Notice of the Position of the Sun – One of the first rules that every amateur photographer learns when they become more serious about their hobby is that the sun should always be behind them when taking shots. As a matter of fact, this is a rule that can, and sometimes should, be broken. Nevertheless, for those who are new to the hobby, it is a good rule of thumb that will help to avoid the taking of too many overexposed shots.
- Think about Composition – While it can be tempting just to fire off shot after shot – after all you are not going to run out of film – this is not the best way to take good photographs. You need to consider the composition of your pictures: where background objects are positioned in relation to foreground subjects and how you can best ‘frame’ your shot. There are plenty of online photography resources with in-depth articles on composition if you would like to learn more about this subject.
- Consider Indoor Lighting – If you are taking pictures indoors, you need to consider the direction from which the light is illuminating the subject or subjects of your photographs and its strength. Too much light could make the subject/s appear washed out; too little light and you will not be able to see clearly. Post processing can overcome some of your shortcomings when taking indoor shots but underexposed pictures will normally end up looking rather grainy and overexposed ones may still lack definition.
Enlisting the Help of a Professional
There have been times in my life when I sincerely wished that I could afford to hire a professional travel photographer to accompany me on my overseas holidays.
My honeymoon was one such time and I think many other couples feel the same. Fortunately, even if you do not have the resources to pay for a pro to come along with you on your honeymoon – and let’s face it, who would want a third party cramping their style anyway – nowadays it is possible to book local photographers in holiday destinations all over the world.
You can organise a professional photo shoot without having to pay for flights, accommodation and all the other incidentals.