Summer! Yes, it's finally here. Everyone loves a bit of sun and a break from reality. Whether it's a beach holiday, a city break or a weekend away in Blackpool, we love to take our cameras, capture and treasure those precious moments, or brag about how much fun we are having on instagram. Here is a quick guide on how to make the last one even better and help you get that insta worthy shot.
It is super easy to fall into the cliches and take the same photograph as the millions of people visiting the same spot. Eiffel tower for example, is the 3rd most photographed place in the world, now type Eiffel tower into Google images and have a look how many of those images are the same. The trick is to take a photograph that nobody has seen before, even if it is of something that has been photographed millions of times.
Perspective and composition are the main things that will differentiate your photo from others, get super close to your subject or photograph from a really low or high angle. Maybe try photographing it though a natural frame, like a doorway or get cool reflections from a window.
Colour and angles are another way to make your images stand out. "Golden Hour" is the ultimate time to get the most colour out of sunlight. Golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. It can be tempting to just point your camera at the sun and snap away, however this may not give you great results and will most likely be the same photograph a hundred people will take. Instead, turn around and take a photo of the landscape and any subject that is beautifully lit by the warm, soft light.
Equipment is crucial when taking photos on holiday, something light and simple that will produce great, unique images. One of my favourites is a Fujifilm Quicksnap 400. That's right, a £6 disposable camera. It has everything you need from a holiday camera, it's easy to use, light and can record light. The results produced with this camera, or any other disposable camera may not be the sharpest or most advanced but it creates some vivid, unique photographs.
The main reason I like using a disposable camera when going away is the simplicity and lack of effort. Going away should be an escape from everyday life, having a "proper" camera would mean I would worry about changing settings and making sure the images are perfect. Using this equipment allows me to enjoy and at the same time capture the moments.
Overall, relax and have fun! Great images will come with that naturally.