Holidays provide the best photo opportunities and backdrops, especially if you are taking the pictures in a tropical paradise. The trouble with holiday photography is that you never seem to have all the equipment necessary to take the best photo. Additionally, there are certain days that are better for taking photos than others, but sometimes it is simply impossible to be at the right place at the right time. Although the skill to handle a camera does not come naturally to everyone, it is entirely possible to capture breathtaking holiday photos by following these tips and tricks:
Place your subject off center
Instead of placing your subject in the center of your photo as is the norm, try placing it off center. To do this, just move your camera until you make sure that there is a lot of dead space on one end while your subject is on the extreme end of the picture. The off-center technique helps to make the background of your photo more visible and it also helps to draw attention to the subject.
Move closer to the subject
If you are finding it difficult to take great pictures while on holiday, you may have to move closer to your subject. Whether you plan to place your subject off-center or in the center, moving close will make a huge difference in the appearance of your photos because the subjects will be hard to miss. To find out if you want to zoom in or not, it helps to first take the obligatory full-length picture. It is this full-length picture that will help you to pick the details that you want to zoom in on.
Adjust your ISO rather than use your flash
Flashes whose cameras are left in automatic mode have a tendency to go on and off haphazardly, which might result in washed out colors and unnatural shadows on your pictures. To fix the problem without switching off your flash, you should set your device to program mode in the place of auto mode. The change will give you more control over the ISO setting, which will enable you to take better photos in low lit conditions such as indoor parties.
Take advantage of unexpected opportunities
When taking holiday pictures in places that you have never been before, you should always be ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities that make the best photos. Unexpected opportunities such as birds flying suddenly or the first droplets of rain can make your pictures appear more stunning than you expected; capturing small details can also make your trip appear more magical. The trick is to play it up with different angles so that you can capture the beauty of the mundane. Sadly, many smartphone lenses do not have the capacity to allow you to take macro photographs. If you have the right equipment such as a professional compact camera, this procedure is more achievable.
Change up your positions
When most people take pictures, they tend to do it standing upright. Although this practice is great for taking standard photos, it is not the only way to do it. You can try shifting your positions around to frame your subject in unique angles. If you want the subject to appear smaller in your pictures, you should handle the camera at an elevated position. Taking pictures from different positions will also give you the opportunity to pick the best pictures for your posts.
Shoot against the light
The technique of shooting against the light is sometimes discouraged because it can be tricky to pull off. With careful observation and calculated planning, it is possible to capture an amazing picture against the light that does not compromise the integrity of your subjects. Some of the best things to shoot against the light are silhouettes of people during sunset or reflections of light shining through palm trees.