How to take great holiday photos
From lighting to landmarks to experimenting with angles, here’s how to get the most from your holiday pics – plus you could win a fantastic Rollei Sportsline 100 waterproof camera worth £129.99!
1. Get the lighting right
Lighting is crucial: don’t make the mistake of flooding your subject with sunlight; the softer glow of early morning and late evening is more flattering for portrait and landscape photographs. If possible, take photos during “the golden hour” – the hour after sunrise and the hour before sundown. It provides a gentle, warm light that really flatters the skin and facial contours, and the textures of landscapes and buildings. If you’re photographing a person, have them sit or stand in “open shade” – for example, under a leafy tree or under an awning or canopy. This diffuses the light further, creating a softer, more flattering photograph. Ideally, the sun should be behind and slightly to the side of your subject; don’t have them looking into the sun, or they’ll squint into the camera.
2. Capture the moment
When on holiday – particularly if there’s just the two of you – it’s tempting to take lots of posed pics. But try mixing these posed shots with a few freestyle pictures that capture the essence of what people are doing – your partner walking out towards the sea, or your children are chatting over building sandcastles – often makes for much more interesting photos as well as better memories in years to come.
3. Instruct your subject
If you do want to shoot somebody in a posed position, help take a pic they’ll like by giving them a bit of instruction. The most flattering way to have a photograph taken for women is to stand slightly at an angle and twist your shoulders towards the photographer. Think of every red carpet photo you see: they’re not standing straight on to the camera with their arms by their sides. If you put your hands on your hips, or in your pocket, for instance, it will create space around your body. That way, you’ll look slimmer! As for a man – make sure he is standing up straight, with his shoulders back.
4. Move yourself
There’s no point giving your subject a bit of direction if you’re standing like a statue yourself. Move about to find the best angle and vantage point. And remember to get on eye level with the little ones! It can feel strange to squat down at first but the results will be well worth it. Putting yourself at the same level as the kids offers a much more interesting view of their world, and makes for photos that are far more personal and memorable.
5. Experiment with perspectives
Similarly, when photographing landmarks explore different angles. If it’s a church, for example, try getting down really low and shooting up – the perspective will help to convey the enormity of the spire. If you want to get a whole building in the frame, keep your eye on the horizon so that the building is nice and straight. It’s also worth homing in on the smaller details, though – for example, a close up of an interesting arch can create a more pleasing shot than the whole building.