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Travel Photography Tips

How to make the most of what your compact camera has to offer when taking holiday shots.

|  Landscape and Travel
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Compact cameras are great pieces of kit for holidays as their size means they don't take up as much room in your luggage and they can easily fit in a pocket or small bag, making them more portable when you've arrived at your holiday destination. Plus, if you happen to have one of the cameras available in the Olympus Tough range, you'll also be able to take the camera underwater or if you're heading for colder climates, the Tough cameras won't stop working just because temperatures are a little on the cool side.  Also, as they are shockproof, the Tough cameras should survive a drop or bump when shooting in busy tourist destinations.

Olympus TG-830

At The Beach

A sunny beach can be a challenging location for most cameras as a reflective, light beach can confuse it into thinking that underexposing the shot will produce the best result. To prevent this, compact users can switch to the snow / beach scene mode which will overexpose the scene by 1-2 stops, capturing the scene more accurately. Some cameras also adjust the white balance in this mode so the sand looks more natural. If you're wondering why snow is included in the scene mode's name it's because snow causes similar exposure problems to a beach. 

Get Involved

Don't think you always have to be behind the camera as most, if not all, models feature a self-timer mode which means you can put your camera on a tripod, get in-frame with your family or friends and actually show you were on holiday too! Various timer lengths are available but it's best not to go too long as people tend to fall into fits of giggles if left posing for a while. 

Try Adding Frames & Styles

Olympus compacts come with various Digital Filters which give you the chance to get a little more creative with your shots. Have fun turning holiday scenes into miniature, model-like towns or add a pin hole effect to give beach shots with deckchairs and beach huts a more retro feel. 

Use Your Flash

Even though the built-in flash can sometimes produce results which aren't too pleasing, there are times when switching your camera's built-in flash on will produce better results.

This includes shooting portraits on the beach when harsh shadows can appear under the nose and chin. Although, you can move them under a brolly or other shaded area where light is more even. 


Switch to the Underwater Scene Mode if your compact has one as this will boost the colours of your shots. The on-board flash can be useful when working close to subjects, however put some distance between you and your subject and the flash will just light up any tiny pieces of matter floating around which can cause blob-like shapes to appear around your image.

GPS And Compass

A great feature found in Tough models, especially when away from home, is the built-in GPS which geotags your images. Some also have an electronic compass to point you in the right direction and the TG-830 model has more than 700,000 geographic and natural points of interest listed for you to explore. 

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