10 tips for beautiful holiday photos
For unforgettable holidays
Glorious colours, foreign cultures, extraordinary landscapes - you want to cherish all these impressions of your holidays for ever - but once back home, there is often great disappointment. By using the following 10 tips, not only will your holiday photos be worth looking at, but you will want to present them - for example as digital photos or wall decorations.
1) Use the scene programs
Digital cameras often have scene programs for portraits, mountain landscapes and even beach photos. Use these selectively to get the best light exposure. This will generally allow you to avoid overexposed or blurry pictures automatically.
2) Quick action = short exposure time
If animals move quickly or you want to capture the waves of the ocean breaking on the shore, the exposure time of the picture must be kept very short. If there is a sports program on your camera, you should use this. Otherwise, the exposure time should be 1/500s or 1/1000s for a pin-sharp picture of a rapid movement, so that the picture does not appear blurred.
3) Adjust the ISO speed for night-time and inside shots
When the lanterns go on in Venice at night, the mood is particularly beautiful - but to capture it well, you need to do more than just increase the ISO speed of your camera. Its true that a high ISO rating makes night-time pictures seem clearer, but it can also create a more grainy picture and therefore image noise. For this reason, it's also worth playing about with the exposure time (as long as possible) and ensuring that the image does not become blurred. It's best to use a tripod for the photo or place the camera on a wal - then the ISO rating can be kept low.
4) Bei Ferienfotos auf gutes Licht achten
Photographers call the evening the blue hour, even when the red colour component of the light is particularly high here. At this time, the sunlight looks particularly shallow and lends photos this unique atmosphere. The same applies for sunrise. For this reason, it's best to photograph landscapes in the morning or afternoon to ensure vivid pictures and beautiful silhouettes. During the day, you should also ensure that you dont take your photographs looking into the light, so have some backlighting. It's better to turn so that you are standing with your back to the sun.
5) Take portraits at the right angle
Photographing people from below or above creates an unflattering picture. For this reason, you should make sure you position your camera at eye-level to your subject when taking a picture. This ensures you avoid false proportions or looking up the nostrils.
6) Put people in the right light
When the sun is shining down, you should use the flash when taking portraits. This brightens up the face and contrasts with the sunlight as a result. However, you should not use the flash when photographing animals so as to not frighten your subject.
7) Use sharpness skilfully
Pictures with people look more vivid if the background is slightly blurred. To do this, make sure that the focal aperture of your camera is particularly large - if possible. You should note that the smaller the value, the larger the focal aperture. On the other hand, if you want to capture the landscape with all its details, you should use a small focal aperture (between 8 and 16) to make all areas of the picture equally sharp. Digital cameras also frequently have a landscape program for this.
8) Pick the right holiday photos
Imposing landscapes or buildings are only shown off to their best advantage when the magnitudes in the picture can be recognised later as well. For this reason, you should also include the foreground in such pictures and position something in front to show how imposing the subject really was. Pictures also seem more vivid if you observe the 1/3 rule: Position the horizon in the top third or the photographed tower in the left third of the picture. Alternatively, just concentrate on the details. They are often more unusual and characteristic of a country than the overall situation.
9) Portrait or landscape format?
You often intuitively choose the portrait format for portraits, while landscapes are taken in the landscape orientation. However, high landscapes such as mountains or waterfalls can also be taken in portrait format - and vice versa; people can often be staged unusually in the landscape format. Try taking photos of the same image in both formats - see which one works best.
10) Avoid converging lines
Photographers know converging lines are really parallel lines, for example of a building, which converge in a photo. This deformation of perspectives occurs if you are standing too close to the object you are photographing. For this reason, you should be as far away from the subject as possible to obtain a real picture.
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