Local photographer Annie Armitage shares her tips on how to capture those great shots on holiday..
Holiday photos not only record where you’ve been, they capture happy moments and precious memories – especially if you have children. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could make them even better?
Here are seven tips to help you do just that. And remember you can take great images on your smart phone too.
1) Look for interesting reflections in water, and if you’re on a city break, in windows or glass constructed buildings. Think about capturing a world famous building or monument as a reflection rather than shooting the thing itself – it will add a touch of drama and creativity to your images.
2) Be prepared to get up early – even if you are on holiday! You’ll get the best light early in the morning between 6 and 8am, and in the evening between 5 and 8pm.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask. Local people, whether you’re home or abroad, are often one of the most interesting aspects of a holiday. Capture them as they go about their daily lives – but always ask first. You’ll be surprised at how many people will agree to have their photos taken. And if they say no, well, just look for another subject to photograph.
4) Look for details. If you try to capture everything in one image it could end up being cluttered and confused. For example, if you’re photographing a colourful street market, take some close ups of the produce or the stall holders – but remember – ask first! If you’re photographing a building, look for interesting architectural features such as door handles, windows, brickwork, or gargoyles.
5) Be patient when photographing children. Spending time together as a family on holiday creates precious memories for the future, that’s why it’s so important to capture it on camera.
But children can be unpredictable – even when they’re your own! So always make sure you have your camera (or smartphone) with you and that the battery is fully charged.
Have the camera set up and ready to go as you never know when your little ones will do something funny or endearing. Make eye contact with them and always get down to their level.
6) Frame your subject. Look at what you have around you – shrubbery, branches, arches, doorways, windows – and use them as frames for your subject.
7) Use your phone apps. They’re ideal for taking quick, creative shots.
I hope these tips help you to capture some wonderful memories of your time away. And above all – have fun!
I launched The Best of Richmond in 2005 and am passionate about supporting all things local. In particular, we work hard to showcase the best local businesses who give the borough its character and make...