It is a fact that 99% of people will pack a camera when they go on holiday, but out of the 99% only 5% of the photos will be of any quality.
Picture the scene; you are on holiday and having a great time. You want to take a photo to capture a special moment. And you want to make shore that the photo is of the best quality. To do this here are some simple tips that will help.
1. Have the subject’s permission
If you find an interesting subject and want to take a picture of a person it is always proper to ask for their permission, if you don’t it is not only inconsiderate but can actually be against their belief or faith, especially if you are capturing their face.
If you are indoors, Soft light works much better, then flash lighting. Daylight coming from a window works best.
If shooting outside, it is best to shoot in natural light; an overcast day will give you even light and reduce shadows, but always remember that you can create some fantastic contrasting photos using the light and dark shadows the sun gives you. Look at you environment and frame your shots from different angles to see how to get the best shot.
3. Choosing a lens
Choose the write lens for the photo use a wide angle lends for scenery shots and an 80-100 telephoto lens works best for most portraits.
As a given it is always advisable to set your angle at the same level as your subject. This is not a totally hard and fast rule, however, if you can see an exception to this then exploit it. But always remember to use the rule of thirds with faming.
5. The depth of field
In a lot of cases you do not want the background to distract from the subject. If you use a telephoto lens it will reduce the depth of field. Unless there is something in the background you want to include.
Filters can help achieve the right look by softening or warming the light. But remember that with advent of digital cameras it is possible to correct many mistakes and improve the quality overall.
It is always handy to have your camera at the ready as the moment can pass very quickly. Be contuse of your surroundings and cultures you are visiting.
Be considerate of people on your travels they can help you get a great shot instead of a good shot. But remember most of all have a great holiday.
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