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5 Half Term Holiday Photography Suggestions

5 Half Term Holiday Photography Suggestions - Looking for somewhere you can take pictures and entertain the kids? Have a look at these ideas.

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With some schools closed for the half term break this week we thought we'd give you some suggestions on where you can go with the kids that'll keep them entertained and still give you the opportunity to get your camera out of its bag.

Selwick Bay : Flamborough Head
Photo by rickhanson

The Coast

With arcades, beaches, icecream and fish 'n chips, the coast is a great place for a family day-trip. Plus, with lighthouses, piers, promenades and plenty of other photographic opportunities available your camera won't be spending too long in its bag. 

Here's 10 techniques for you to take a look at before you head for the seaside: 

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From sweeping majestic castles with interactive features to ruins of castle walls that once protected its occupiers, these great structures offer ample opportunity for photographers and their gear. Attractions such as Warwick Castle are both photogenic and entertaining thanks to tours and other activities taking place during opening hours. The summer months tend to be the times when more entertainment is put in place, however a quick search online will soon show you what locations are hosting what events / activities during the half term break. 

For tips on equipment choices and shooting angles, have a read of these castle photography techniques:

The Zoo

A day out at the zoo is something loved by children and families but they're also a great place for photographers, too. They're brimming with photographic subjects but the screens and fences that protect them, and us, can be a bit of a nightmare for photographers. They put distance between you and the animal and as you can't generally photograph over them you have to shoot through them. However, there are a few ways you can make your day out at the zoo more of a photography success as we explain in these articles:

Local Park

Among the concrete jungle there are pockets of green that break the greys of the city skyline up and whether you're snapping the blankets of alternating colour from a distance or are among the trees yourself, city parks have plenty of photographic opportunities to keep you busy. Plus, with plenty of grass for kicking a ball around and swings for entertainment, your children won't be bored either!

Have a read of these tutorials for park photography tips: 

Portrait Shoot At Home

One way to keep the kids entertained at home that'll still give you the opportunity to get your camera out is a portrait shoot. This could be indoors or out, posed and with guidance or have a more candid style to it. Which ever you decide, here are a few tutorials to help you out. Plus, you'll find even more portrait-related articles in ePHOTOzine's technique section. 

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For more information on the Nikon camera range, including the D800, D610, D7100, COOLPIX A and Nikon 1 AW1, visit the Nikon website. 

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