Now that the summer holidays are here, you’ll want to be out and about with your cameras! Annabel gives you some ideas to turn your holiday snaps into something really special.
1. When you’re taking shots of your kids on a beach, try and compose your pictures so you can’t see the people in the background. If it’s really busy, either zoom in close, or try shooting upright shots to help tighten the picture and shoot through the gap in between people! Often, just by moving your own position, you can avoid things in the background.
2. Try giving the children something to do – let them build a sandcastle, or pick up some sticks and get them to write their names in the sand. This will provide lots of opportunities for you to zoom in and get some really natural shots, while they play – and shoot them with the sun behind them so they don’t squint when they look up at you.
3. Try shooting a sequence of shots, rather than just one – often you can produce a set of 3 shots to go together on your wall, as with these shots of reflections in a swimming pool, below. And if you really concentrate on what is in front of you, you often start to see more detail, rather than accepting the first shot you take.
4. For a really dynamic effect, try tilting your camera at an angle to produce a more interesting effect.
5. Think about your compostion – there is no right and wrong – it’s a matter of personal taste! Try moving your camera so your subject is in different areas of the picture – left, right, centre etc – and shoot them all! Then decide which one you like best later.
If you really love shooting pictures on holiday – give yourself a project! Think about shooting your own photo book – this will help you concentrate on what you are shooting. So, instead of just taking one shot of something, you can spend more time thinking about how 3 shots would work together on the page of a photobook – it really makes you more creative when you have already decided your pictures are going to be on display!
Photobox are now giving you a choice of matt or gloss finish for some of your Wall Decor – images of water, sea and swimming pools for example, look amazing on glossy paper, because the colours look much brighter. Whilst pictures of old doors & windows look great on matt paper, because it really enhances the textures.
Have a great holiday!