When taking photos on holiday, we are often lost in the moment and simply don’t spend enough time thinking about what would make an interesting photo. By following these simple strategies, you can significantly improve your holiday/vacation photos.
Do your homework
Research your locations beforehand if you aren’t familiar with them. Look at pictures posted on websites and note the locations and angles you particularly like so you can easily recreate them. Once there, ask the locals for their favourite places — they may recommend some hidden gems that will make for interesting photographs.
Consider the time of day
The quality of light varies throughout the day and lighting is the key parameter that can make or break a photo. Too much light can wash out the colours or create harsh shadows on people and landmarks. Not enough light can leave your photos grainy and dark. To capture the best lighting, try to take pictures in the hour after sunrise or during the golden hour before sunset to capture those soft tones. If you have to take a midday photo, try to shoot with your back to the sun and plan your composition to avoid harsh shadows.
Sometimes the best picture comes from an alternate angle. Try experimenting by getting low to the ground to add drama and perspective to an otherwise ordinary photo. Get to a high vantage point that shows the vastness of the city or landscape you are visiting.
Take multiple shots
There’s always a chance that things won’t go to plan— a truck driving by, a shadow in the face or a blinking eye. If you take multiple photos, the chances that you will end up with at least one great picture increase significantly.
Get candid shots
Shoot a lot of candid, unposed moments of your friends and family. Try to capture them interacting with the surroundings and each other rather than posing for you. Posed vacation photos are inevitable, but capturing that genuine laugh or expression when your subject isn’t aware the camera is pointed at them will likely end up being among your favourite holiday memories.
Hire a professional photographer
Our holidays typically stand out as some of the best quality time of the year that we spend with our friends and loved ones. Consider hiring a professional photographer to capture at least some of these moments. Hiring a professional not only provides you with better quality images, it also ensures the whole group is in the picture together, including the person who usually serves as the photographer.
Be creative and have fun
It is a holiday, after all!
Lisa Reid is a photographer at Picture This Studios based on Forum Lane in Camana Bay.