Tips to help you take better holiday photos

We all love taking photos on holiday, some of us carry our camera with us everywhere to take pictures of everything and anything, some just like to take a few meaningful photos. It could be with the latest digital camera, or these days it could be with your mobile phone.

Whichever type of holiday photographer you are, you’ll want to take a good photo so here are a few tips to help:

Most cameras come under the category ‘point and shoot’ meaning you don’t really need to do much other than point the camera at the person, object or scenery and click the button to take the photo. Just because the camera does the hard work, doesn’t mean it can take a good photo we need to consider the composition of the photo.

Good composition can be achieved by anyone. Before you take a picture just take a second to think about a few things first.

What is the main subject of the picture? It may be a building, person, animal, or a scenery photo. Whatever it is, stop and have a think about what it is you’re actually taking a picture of.

What is the best angle? If you’re taking a portrait of someone they usually want to me in the centre of the photo. Do you need to move to the left or right, back up or get closer, zoom in or out. Each spot will present a slightly different background and foreground. Try to eliminate items that don’t need to be in the picture or which, if on your mantel piece, you would wish wasn’t in the photo.

What makes an effective background? You don’t want the background to contain objects that are irrelevant to the main subject. A good background will not immediately draw attention away from the foreground by being too powerful.

What makes an effective foreground? Ideally the foreground should catch the eye and lead it to the main subject of the photo. If you’ve taken a picture of your partner you want people to be looking at your partner as the main focus.

When taking long shots, don’t have too much sky. Look for ways to introduce interesting items in the foreground. A road, path, or other objects can make a picture more interesting.

A long shot is fine if you are specifically trying to include something in the background. But often it’s difficult to recognise who is in the photo. Don’t be afraid to get in close when taking a picture of a person. Close up photos can be great and capture some interesting facial expressions, especially if the shot is unplanned.

Don’t forget your selfie stick! A recent invention but a great one at that. No more having to ask strangers to take a photo of you together, just stick your gadget on the end and snap away.

With digital cameras using large memory cards just go crazy and keep clicking. That way you are sure to have plenty of good pictures and just delete the ones you don’t want.