Taking Better Holiday Pictures

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Taking Better Holiday Pictures

Holidays are great opportunities to capture beautiful memories. I love taking pictures on holidays as I can capture the feeling of the Holliday to remember it for years to come. I always want to make the photos look at least as beautiful as reality if not better and I avoid taking photos that afterwards need telling your friends and family "this looked so much better in reality". So here a few of my tips for taking better holiday pictures.
1. Time of day. The light is at its most beautiful around sunrise and sunset so remember to bring out your camera during these times as everything will look amazing in the beautiful light offered during these times.
2. Take portraits in shade. No one looks good in bright sunlight with the harsh shadows and even if you have an amazing sunny day portraits will look much better when you take them in the shade.
3. When taking pictures of people, experiment with posing them. See my earlier post for a few posing tips you can use to look better in your pictures.
4. Avoid using flash unless you have an external flash and know how to use it.
5. Think about your composition. It is so easy with today's cameras and when using your phone to just snap lots of pictures when traveling. To avoid coming home with your phone memory full of mediocre images, be conscious about composition of your images when you take them, which will make a huge difference to your album when you get back home.
6. For night shoots try to find a wall or rock or anything that you can use to stabilise your camera (unless you can carry a tripod with you that is even a better choice) I want to enjoy my holidays and walk a lot which makes it difficult to lug around a tripod.
7. Remember to sort your images after the trip (or during if you have the time). Go through your photos and remove pictures that don't get up to your standard. Hiding the good photos in a sea of bad pictures is a good way to make all your images look mediocre. Have you ever thought about photographers only showing you their best work? This is a way to make the whole feeling of your holiday pictures look more professional, and it's more likely that you will get back to your special holiday moments when you have a more manageable number of images of great quality to see.
8. Print photos when you get home or make a holiday album or a video. Today people are taking digital images that you only see on a computer or Facebook. Try to print out a few of your favourite images from your trip, this will give you a totally different feel to the images. 
Here images from my trip last summer to Italy. You can also make a short video of your images using a programme like Animoto that is easy to put together and will be a great memory from your trip.
 

Helmi Photography