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How do you take your best travel photos? what camera do you have? How many lenses do you have for it? Do you edit them afterwards? It depends on my holiday/destination but I don't always take my DLSR away as it is quite clumpy. Instead I switch between my phone (Samsung Galaxy S6) and a point and shoot. I own two lenses for my DLSR but it can be hard to decide which ones to take if I am taking it.
Morag@BarrheadTravel posted a post in Travel AdviceThere’s no denying that the quality of smartphone cameras has increased over the last few years. In fact, the market for point-and-shoot cameras is decreasing as more and more people would rather just carry their smartphone around for impromptu photos. And while smartphones are definitely more convenient, they do come with a lot fewer features. But with these ten tips, you’ll have beautiful smartphone photos that rival camera-taken photos – and one attractive Instagram feed. 1. Shoot horizontally There are times when a photo is best taken in portrait mode (to be uploaded later to your Instagram story, for example) but generally landscape/horizontal works best (and is easier to crop if need be). 2. The rule of thirds still apply Some photographers argue that composition is more important than camera quality – and we are inclined to believe them. If you’re unfamiliar with this golden rule of perfect photography, it’s the idea that your photos will look better if the subject is one third in (from any side) rather than right in the middle. Many smartphones now have a grid overlay to make it easier to follow this rule of thumb. 3. Use bursts for action shots If you’re trying to capture some cute snaps of your little ones, or photograph your friend bungee jumping, turn on the burst feature. Not all phones have this feature but if you do have it, it will take lots of consecutive snaps that you can pick your favourite from later. 4. Take a few shots Even when your friend isn’t skydiving or your kids aren’t frolicking in the sand – it’s always a good idea to get a few shots, no matter what you’re doing. Even if it’s a holiday selfie against a famous landmark, take a few different shots, from different angles with different facial expressions – and then decide later which one you want to upload. 5. Extra make-up If it’s an Instagram-perfect selfie you’re looking for, remember that make-up is less noticeable on camera than it is in real life. If you’re wanting to look glammed up in photos apply a little extra product so the details don’t get lost. 6. Remember to focus Many modern smartphones allow you to touch the screen in order to focus in on your subject. Doing so prevents fuzzy images and adds depth to the most basic image. 7. Try and not zoom While zoom can be a handy feature, it also reduces camera quality. If you can get physically close to your subject, do so. But if your subject is far away, take one image zoomed in and another without the zoom that you can crop later, and then decide which is best. 8. Think about lighting Natural lighting is almost always the best option, so if you want some great shots of the kids it’s best to play outside. However, the midday sun can be harsh in photos and many photographers only shoot in the morning or late evening. If rounding up your children at these times is an impossible feat then opt for some gently shaded areas (ever noticed how fashion bloggers are always taking photos in alleyways and small streets? That’s because these places are the perfect balance between sunny and shaded). 9. Edit it afterwards Even the most experienced of professional photographers edit their photos afterwards. Whether it’s adding some contrast, adjusting the clarity or creating a hue – apps such as Instagram, VSCO and Snapseed are your best friend. 10. And keep the lens clean We know this sounds like the most simple of tips – but is important. A dirty lens can create blurs or even marks on your photo. Take a soft lens cloth on holiday and wipe your camera lens each morning before you head out. If you use your smartphone abroad for photos, what are your top tips?
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We all want memorable holiday photos to bring home with us – or even just some great snaps to share on Facebook. But if the idea of taking your camera anywhere near water leaves you clutching it for dear life – you’re not alone. However, some of the best potential holiday snaps happen underwater and make for a great addition to the family photo album. Whether it’s taking great photos of your kids at the pool or in a waterpark, or capturing some stunning coral reefs, we’ve rounded up nine simple tips to make sure you feel more confident taking underwater holiday photos. 1. Purchase the best waterproof camera or protective case for your needs There’s a wide range of underwater cameras out there to suit any budget and requirements. For an action holiday purchase a durable point-and-shoot, or for a family holiday look into a disposable underwater camera. If however you’re looking to capture beautiful underwater shots with your DLSR, there’s the option of protective casing. There’s even watertight protective casing for your phone if it’s exciting underwater Instagrams or Snapchats you’re after. 2. Buy a lifejacket for your camera If you’re in deep water you’ll want to concentrate on taking a great photo – not worrying about accidently letting go. Buy a mini-life jacket for your camera so your camera doesn’t risk becoming part of the ocean seabed. 3. Play with your cameras settings (before you go on holiday) Most cameras these days come with an impressive array of settings. Get to know what all the buttons achieve before you dive in and, if you can, practice in a small pool or home-town beach before you jet off. 4. Take photos in natural daylight Good lighting is essential to a great photo (it’s arguably more important than the quality of the camera). The best lighting is found during the middle of the day and near the surface of the water. Your flash won’t extend as far underwater as it does on land but if you are planning to dive in darker waters consider investing in an underwater lighting strobe or external flash. 5. Take as many photos as you can You can’t always tell if a photo has turned out well from glancing at the preview screen. Get snap happy and when you arrive home you’ll have dozens of photos to choose the best from. 6. Get as close as you can This might depend on what you’re photographing. If you’re shark diving, we recommend staying inside the cage. However, if you’re splashing about the pool with your kids the closer you are to their fun, the sharper and more colourful your pictures will be. 7. Choose the pool over the sea If it’s memorable underwater shots of your family you’re after, consider staying in the hotel pool. The water here is clearer and lighter than the sea. 8. Look after your camera afterwards After you’re back in your hotel room wash your camera or protective casing with fresh water from the tap. Gently dry the camera or casing and only then open or unlock any compartments. You don’t want saltwater or chemical-treated water slipping inside your camera. 9. Edit your photos slightly afterwards Adjust the brightness and colours of your photos after your holiday. No one ever needs to know.