5 Top tips for photographing your holiday

Knowing how to capture the perfect snaps of your travels and family holidays means that you’ll be able to preserve all those beautiful memories in the manner they deserve. Great photographs evoke a sense of the moment they have frozen. When you look back upon your holiday photographs you want to be swept back to that time, to feel it all over again in a glance. To achieve images that create this powerful, resonating emotional response requires photographing your holiday properly in the first place. That means knowing what it is that makes a great photograph, and what it is we connect within them.

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These tips will help you orchestrate taking these photos on your own holidays, and hopefully inspire images that are fitting testament to the travels upon which you reflect so fondly.

1. Practice at home

If you’re not sure how to use your camera properly at home, there’s no reason you’ll fare any better abroad. Before setting or jetting off to your destination, start taking some snaps in more familiar locations. Get used to your cameras features and functions and learn how adapt them to suit your environment. Familiarise yourself with the fundamentals of composition – this is a handy guide for beginners – and what elements need to come together to make a photo pleasing to your own eye.

2. Shoot at the right times

When it comes to photographing your holiday, observing the fabled golden hours will allow you capture your outdoor surroundings at their finest. The golden hours refer to the first hour after sunrise, and final hour before sunset. At these times the light becomes softer, warmer and richer. This makes for photos that have imbibed these qualities. The light of golden hours complements skin tones and brings beautiful details to the fore. Try photographing your holiday at these golden hours to highlight the magic and majesty of your travels. Learn more about the golden hours here.

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3. Have patience

It is very unlikely that your first shot of a subject will be the best one you can get. When it comes to fleeting, opportunistic, spontaneous photography (e.g. wildlife) then you aren’t likely to get too many opportunities to reshoot. However, when you have a fixed subject, or one you can direct, you have all the time and power you need. You can’t take too many shots. Be experimental too. Just remember to pack plenty of memory cards.

4. Take the right kit

Photographing your holiday, by the nature of it being a holiday, precludes you being able to haul around a load of cumbersome kit with you. However, a small travel tripod and clip-on light can make a huge difference and still be manageable to take around with you. Using a tripod means that you can ensure steady shots and be much more precise in your composition. It also means that you have a way of including yourself in your shots without having to get someone else to take the picture or resort to a selfie.

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5. Compose creatively and be unique

You are not the first person in the world to take photos of the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal or Statue of Liberty. So why take photos yourself, rather than buy a postcard? Well, if you’re just going to take a straight up bog standard shot of these things, you probably would be better off with a postcard. If, however, you’re going to make something about your image unique then get your camera out.

Begin by putting yourself in the image. Then consider new angles and perspectives upon your subject. How does what your shooting make you feel? Photographing your holiday means capturing images that reflect your emotional experience of your travels. Work out what your subject makes you feel and seek to convey that in your photography.

Photography is a skill and passion to be developed over the course of a lifetime. The more you travel, the more you see, the better you will get at photographing it. Like with anything, practice makes perfect. So, get travelling, and get snapping. You’ll return with great stories, and great illustrations that tell your story for you.

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