A holiday is a great time to relax and enjoy some lighter moments in your life. If you are a traveler, you know how healing the process is. Even the memories of a great holiday are enough to take you through hard times. What better way to capture happy memories than photographing them?
But if you have handled a camera before, you know it is not as easy as it seems. It requires a certain level of skill to capture the moments with clarity. If you buy a DSLR and start clicking away, you will find the pictures are at best blurry. You may get exasperated and all your joy of a holiday package will evaporate just like that.
The truth is you need to learn a lot of things to capture a decent image and get the appreciation of your spouse on your romantic tour package. If you are planning on a vacation soon, it is impossible to acquire these skills overnight. So here are a few tips that will help any novice in photography to capture a decent image. But fair warning, these tips will not make your pictures as sharp as that of a professional’s.
Use auto settings
As a beginner, it is not easy to understand the best camera settings for scenery. It is hence better to set everything including focus, exposure, shutter speed, and so on, in automatic. Though the pictures will not come out as perfect as those taken by an expert photographer, they will not be blurry and overexposed. You can be confident that you will get some decent pictures that you can show off to your friends as a souvenir of the international tour package.
Reach the destinations early
For an amateur, it is tiresome to try and focus the camera on something when there is a crowd. Hence make sure to start early and reach the destinations before it gets crowdy. You can take your time to set up the tripod and camera without much fuzz. If you are on a romantic tour package, this strategy will give you more privacy too.
Rule of Third
A straightforward compositional technique that you can follow is the rule of third. This rule specifies that to make the picture attractive, you have to compose it in a way that the subject takes up one-third or 33 percent of the space. Align the subject to the top, bottom left, or right of the picture, but not the center.
Mind the light
A hard fact first: it is impossible to get perfect lighting anywhere on your international tour package. The skill is adapting to the available light. During low light, you can use a flash, but be careful to bounce it off the walls or ceilings. Photographing into the light is quite challenging, so avoid it if you can. The same is true for hard lights. You surely can adapt to this by using CPL and GND filters.
Make use of leading lines
Incorporating leading lines in the composition is a great way to make your pictures of your world tour look more attractive. The technique is to use the naturally seen lines to draw attention to the object in focus. The contours of a mountain, silhouettes of trees can all be used for this technique. This is very effective as it makes the subject you are focusing on look prominent.
Avoid the flash if at all possible
Camera flash can make the pictures appear flat, overexposed, and can create shadows. It will also take away the natural appearance of the picture. Hence it is better to capture the image using natural and available light. If daylight is poor or unavailable, be resourceful and make use of the light from candles, illuminations, Christmas lights, and so on. This will add more life to your holiday pictures.
Avoid Cliché Photos
If you go through the photo gallery of someone who has been on an international tour package, there are three kinds of pictures that you will find for sure.
- The selfie of the person in front of a destination with a forced smile or kissy face
- A portrait image of some monument
- Some blurry picture from which you cannot make out anything
If you want to break out of these clichés and create some lively images, try something different. You can change the pose and try to get more natural expressions by capturing jumping photos, candid images, and so on. Changing the angle from landscape and portrait to a fresh angle that captures the moment better is a great way to add novelty to your pictures.
Capture the texture
Most pictures of a beginner will be flat and unattractive. The easiest way to sidestep this problem while on your world tour is to capture the image with some texture. Anything with an uneven surface will do the trick. Focus on subjects with a hard, furry, and uneven surface. You can balance it with something with a smooth surface. This will accentuate the beauty of the picture.
Most people have the same expression while posing in front of a camera. How to avoid that? Two words: Candid photos. When you are on your romantic tour package, take candid pictures of your partner. This will make the images more casual and fun. You can also capture the subtle expressions that made you fall in love with your soul mate. For large groups, ask them to be still or the picture will be blurry. But the key is to not give them the time to put on a pose.
Do not forget the food
Trying out local cuisines is an integral part of any holiday tour package. Make sure to capture the moments when you relish the dishes. When you see the picture, you will remember the taste, months even years after the trip. You may either capture at an angle, preferably 30 degrees or from overhead. Take care to use natural lighting and clean background.
Alter the Depth
Altering the depth of the field can improve your photography considerably. If the field is shallow, the distracting background objects. But if you prefer to keep all objects in the frame in focus, it is good to go for more depth. Varying the depth will add freshness to each picture and make your album look lively.
Print the pictures
After they capture gorgeous photos on an international tour package, most people make the mistake of storing the photos in a drive or cloud. Within a few months, you will forget even where you stored it. It is better to print the pictures and make a physical copy of your holiday memories. Go that extra mile and select the photos that you want to keep. You have to do this as soon as you unpack or else you will end up postponing it, indefinitely.
So these are the simple photography techniques that will help you to capture amazing pictures on your holiday tour package. Keep these in mind and you can have a memorable album that you can show off to your friends and relatives. When you go through the pictures, even years after, you can feel the happy memories coming back to you as vividly as you have captured them.
Wish you an enjoyable journey that will give you much joy and will make you an experienced photographer.