5 Easy Photography Tips to Capture your Holiday Moments

  • Posted by on 19 January 2015

Going away for a holiday is one of the best parts of summer, no matter where you choose to travel. We all want to remember our travels, and taking some great photos is one of the best ways to keep the memory alive.

Sometimes those gorgeous views just don’t translate to the memory card quite as well as you had hoped, especially if you have no instruction from a professional. Photography doesn’t have to be challenging, and you can have gorgeous vacation photos no matter how little experience you have in photography.

Photography Tours

Some gorgeous locations, like here in the Kimberley, offer photography tours, where the goal of the day is to go out and see the sights while stopping and taking photographs along the way. Our Broome & Surrounds Photography Tour and Broome Sunset Photography Tour is hosted by award-winning photographer Nigel Gaunt from Red Dirt Photography. Nigel provides instructions for all levels regarding technique, composition, lighting, using filters and flash.

If you are really looking for amazing photos, or if you have very little experience, this might be a good option for you, because you’ll learn skills that you can use in the future while at the same time taking memorable and beautiful photos of your holiday.

Sunset Cable Beach

Remember the Rule of Thirds

Beginner photographers start by learning the rules of photography, and one of the simplest and most important is the rule of thirds.

No matter what camera you’re using, from a smartphone to a digital SLR, you will have the option to divide your screen into nine rectangles with four lines prior to taking a photo. This demonstrates the rule of thirds: the screen is divided into three equal sections both vertically and horizontally. Placing the focal point at one of the intersections of those four lines will make the photo more attractive. Placing larger items along the lines will also make the image more attractive.

Consider the Photo Frame

Sometimes photos can include an entire scene; sometimes photos focus on small details. Look through the viewfinder prior to taking the shot and see what is included. Is there something blocking the item that you are photographing? Perhaps you should move to another location, wait for the item to move, or consider zooming in or out.

Think of what story you are trying to tell with your photo. Just because you are photographing a car does not mean that you need a photograph of the outside of the car. Photographing the steering wheel or the centre console can tell a story in a different way.

Willie Creek Pearls on a Broome tour

Perspective Makes All the Difference

Most people who take photos do so from standing and pointing the camera at eye level. While varying heights can make photos vary to an extent, most photos are taken from about the same level. Instead of taking photos from eye level, think about what you are photographing.

Some of the best photos of children are taken at their level. Don’t be afraid to get down on the ground, or take shots without looking through the camera from hip level. If possible, climb to the top of a building, a ladder, an overlook or a parking garage and try look at the view from a new perspective.

Find Quality Lighting

Typically, if you are shooting outdoors during the day, your photo will be bright enough. Outdoor photos tend to look best early in the day or closer to sunset rather than when the sun is directly overhead, unless you are in a city where the sun can create long shadows or in certain landscapes.

Pay special attention to shadows while you are taking photos, especially on peoples’ faces. The type of light and the amount of light or shadow can make a difference in the way that your photo will turn out.

If you have taken an amazing photo while on holiday in the Kimberley region, make sure you share it with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page today! You never know, it may just end up as our Pic of the Week here on the website!