Beginners: Learn How to Take Better Holiday Photographs

We want to share a guest post by one of our readers from England who share an infographic with tips and suggestions on how to take better holiday photographs, infographic is created by Sykes Cottages.
HorseThere are several reasons why I’m lucky my girlfriend is a professional photographer. One: she forced me to like photography, which is great as I do enjoy it. Two: we go to lots of cool exhibitions. Three: she travels, and that makes her happy, which makes me happy, in a roundabout way. Four: she manages to make me, our cat and our life look much better than it is. Five: whenever I hear the shutter of her Mark II, I can relax and enjoy the moment, safe in the knowledge that she’s got the whole “capture our memories” thing covered.
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But it’s this last reason why – prior to our two week holiday – the words “I’m leaving my SLR at home” filled me with dread. For the first time in our relationship, me and my crappy point-and-shoot would be accountable for the memories captured on our holiday. And that scared me, not least because she intended to “take a break”, “relax” and let me be the photographer “for a change” during our trip.
To prepare, I began a two month odyssey into the internet’s nether; watching videos, scouring infographics and reading endless manuals that bamboozled with talk of focal length range, infinity lock and exposure compensation. My partner assured me I didn’t need any of this jargon – I thought, that’s easy for you to say.
Just as I’d succumbed to the inevitable, I searched ‘how to take good holiday photographs’, which, in hindsight, should have been my first port of call. Reams of information appeared, offering advice for both advanced and – to my relief – amateur photographers.
One resource I found helpful was an infographic by Sykes Cottages aptly named ‘How to take better holiday photographs’. The graphic is not only lovely to look at but it’s also targeted at amateurs like me who want to be proud of their holiday photographs – a welcome change from the over-technical drivel I’d spent weeks trying to absorb.
Using brief descriptions and simple diagrams, the infographic includes advice on how to handle harsh sunlight, effective use of the rule of thirds, and how to frame and prepare for a shot. It also touches on ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, assuring us rookies it’s OK to play around with these features without breaking anything.

Whether it was tips I’d picked up from this graphic or sheer dumb luck, we ended up with some pretty good photographs at the end of our trip – if I say so myself. For beginners, capturing your holiday in its full glory is a daunting prospect, so I’d recommend you take a look at the resource above for some useful pointers before you travel; unless of course there’s a photographer in your life, in which case, have them take the pictures next time.

This is not a sponsored post and does not have any financial gain from this post, we feel the tips and suggestions in the infographic is worth sharing with our photography community.

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Jay Long

Good stuff; great information. Really enjoyed the images, as well as the tips.

Donald Sexton Photography

Even after 7 years I still find myself missing the moment and making mistakes. It’s all about learning from your mistakes and never giving up. Great post!

Laura @ Ld Nature Photography

Great tips for photographers of every level to learn and practice!

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