Article by Leo Parker.
Summer holidays are rapidly approaching and we all want to make sure that we don’t miss a thing when we head overseas on our holidays and, courtesy of digital cameras, this is invariably the case. However, there are a few handy hints to bear in mind that will help make sure that all your summer holiday photography goes off without a hitch and guarantees that you’ll come back with some memories which truly can last a lifetime!
Take a look at some of our top tips below and hopefully you’ll come back with some truly eye-catching snaps from your trip overseas:
Tip 1: Be Prepared
No, not as in the Scout’s motto but more in a sense of being aware of the sights that you want to photograph in your chosen holiday destination. It is a good idea to do a little research into the local area before you set off and discover the unmissable sights and attractions that you really want to get snaps of before you leave.
Tip 2: Don't Forget Your Accessories
Whilst this tip isn’t directly related to the quality of your photos, it is a vital tip nonetheless! There are few things worse than heading overseas on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure only to discover that you don’t have any spare digital camera batteries
in case of a broken or malfunctioning battery or if you lose your main camera battery. If you're using rechargeable or solid state batteries, make sure the charger is packed.
If you want to take a support, compact tripods such as those in Vanguard's Nivelo range
are flexible, lightweight and fold up in a few seconds flat.
Taking just one memory card isn't a good idea as they're easily lost and can stop working. Pack several smaller cards instead of putting all your eggs in one basket with one large card.
Unless you're staying in the UK you'll need a travel adapter otherwise you won't be charging anything. Make sure you pick the right one up too as you don't want a European adapter if you're traveling to the USA.
Lens cloths are handy for removing marks on your lens and a blower can be used to remove dust and grains of sand.
If you're taking a DSLR a polarising filter can help cut down on glare and DSLR users may want to take a flash gun as it gives you more control over the direction and intensity of the flash.
Tip 3: Don’t Try To Be Too Extravagant
There is a certain temptation to try photos a bit out of the ordinary when you are taking your holiday snaps but make sure you take a few straightforward pictures of the sights first. Then once you have these in the bag, try a few from different angles and perspectives to see which type you like the best but, as a general rule of thumb, go with the simple photos first as these are typically the most timeless.
Tip 4: Don't Be Afraid To Get Close To Your Subject
Regardless of whether you’re taking pictures of animal, mineral or vegetable, getting in close and filling your frame will give your shots more impact and often you'll end up with something much more unique and memorable.
When shooting people, getting in close could be capturing a shot of them waist up or for more impact, fill the frame with their face. This technique's particularly useful when you're in busy places where backgrounds can be distracting.
Tip 5: Try Editing Your Photos Once Home
Editing software such as Photoshop can really help you add a whole new dimension to the photos that you take on your summer holidays. For more tips, check out ePHOTOzine's technique section
Above Left: Original image. Above Right: After editing in Lightroom. Photos by Peter Bargh
Leo Parker is a digital camera and accessories blogger and writes for a number of technology and photography websites about various issues such as where you can buy batteries online
and the importance of remembering your digital camera batteries
when you are heading overseas.