How to take great holiday photos

Wyndham provides plenty of unforgettable photo opportunities. Use these handy photography tips on how to take great holiday photos on your next getaway to ensure your shots are picture perfect.

Time of Day

One of the easiest ways to improve your photos is shooting when the light is right. Rather than taking your shot at midday  1 when the sun is high and the light harsh, try shooting during the ‘golden hour’ 2 – an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. This is the best time of day to achieve a beautiful warm glow in your pictures 3 and an easy technique favoured by professional photographers.

Focus your Camera

Say goodbye to blurry photos! Most modern cameras will autofocus by holding the shutter button halfway down until you hear the camera beep. Continue pressing the shutter button down  completely to take a sharp photo.

Use a Tripod

Another simple idea for avoiding blurry photos is using a tripod to keep your camera steady. If you don’t have one, you can always improvise and place your camera on a park bench to take your shot.

The Art of Long Exposures

Long exposure photography means the shutter of your camera will be open for longer. This technique lets in more light, which is ideal when the light is low during dawn or dusk 4. Long exposures can create a stunning mist-like effect on waterfalls 5 and allow you to capture movement such as streams of dancing light from passing traffic 6. Keeping your camera stable is essential for achieving great results, so make sure you use a tripod or rest your camera on a solid surface. Your camera should have a setting for long exposure (it may be a fireworks or a candlelight symbol, depending on your brand) and may have a mode that allows you to select different shutter speeds.

Use a Flash

The secret to taking flattering photos in daylight is using your camera’s flash. This is referred to as ‘fill flash’ because the flash will fill in any shadows that fall under a person’s eyes and nose.

Try Different Angles

Before you take a picture, think about your scene and how you can improve your shot by making it more interesting. Crouch on the ground to shoot a high mountain 7, take photos from the same level as your subject or find an elevated position to shoot down on your subject 8. Getting creative with your angles means you won’t end up with 100 photos all looking the same.

Fill your Frame

Get nice and close when photographing people and animals  9. When you look at a scene with the naked eye, the brain quickly picks out certain points of interest and ignores others. A camera, however, doesn’t discriminate and will show up every little detail such as powerlines. Fill your frame by zooming in or move closer to your subject to remove any unwanted details 10.

Rule of Thirds

Another important composition tip is the ‘rule of thirds’ 11 12. Position your subject off-centre in the grid, a third of the way up from the bottom or down from the top of the frame and a third of the way across from the left or right. This will result in an interesting shot that improves the balance of your images and is more restful on the eye.

If you combine good composition with beautiful lighting conditions, there is really no need for an expensive camera. Like anything though, practice makes perfect, so get out there and start clicking!

 

Article by Larna Howard

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