How to capture the best moments of your holiday izy July 2, 2015 Travel Tips 6 Comments As a budding photographer or blogger, you want to capture images that attract people to your blog and raise the engagement levels. What are some destination essentials? Well, for a start, it’s got to offer amazing vistas, a vibrant and visible culture, great food, and friendly people. The first question you want to ask yourself is, what would you like the subject to be? The answer could range from India to polar bears to general landscape to wildlife. That will give you a clearer idea on possible destinations. Here are some destinations that offer great photography opportunities and are fun places to visit: Everglades, Florida: Great destination for bird silhouettes against a sunrise or sunset. Good for close-up images of crocodiles. Greek Islands: Islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete are a photographer’s paradise. The multi-hued and romantic vistas ensure that a great photo opportunity lies just round the corner. The light in this region often gives magical results. Pacific coast, Northern California: A drive along the Pacific Coast Highway will give you countless opportunities to capture mountains and the sea, in the same frame. Once you have picked your destination, the next thing to consider is the equipment you need to carry with you, and this is more than just the camera, lenses, and tripod. You don’t want to be stuck because you’ve run out of memory. Depending on where you are, it may not be available or may cost a whole lot more. Here are some essentials that you should pack for your photo trip: Rechargeable batteries: The newer nickel batteries retain charge for a much longer duration compared to the older variants. Don’t forget the charger. Rugged hard drives: You will need this to back up your images while you’re on the road. It’s best to carry a backup hard drive, just in case. Carry a prime lens: They are great for low-light usage, and the wider aperture offers a very different look from the normal zoom lens. It gives you greater flexibility while capturing images. Stock videos and Shopbackdrop offered on communities such as Dreamstime give you access to millions of high-quality digital images and videos. Dreamstime has evolved into a strong community-based site, where you can download both free and reasonably priced images and videos. With over 17 million images and videos and over 6 million members, Dreamstime is a leader in the stock image and video space. Here are some tips to take images like the ones you see on Dreamstime: Get to know your camera: Try a different setting on your camera, and understand what each setting means. Understand the f-stops: F-stops are identified on the camera’s LCD screen. It is in decimal numbers, such as 2.8 and 5.6. The higher the number, the smaller the aperture, and hence lesser light is let in. Practice, practice, practice: Remember it takes at least 10,000 hours of doing something over and over before you get good at it. Capturing the best moments of your holidays is down to the right location and subjects, good lighting and equipment, and above all, your photography skills. For more information on the best cameras of 2016, check out the helpful information at BestCompactCamera2016.com. 6 Responses Dorothea July 20, 2015 I’d add a wide angle lens to your list, it opens so many new perspectives and can be helpful especially in really small places (where you can’t just step 2-3 feet back to capture what you want). Reply Sofia July 23, 2015 Yup, just take a lot of photos, you’d eventually get used to it.. you’d notice in no time you’ve been taking really good photos.. no matter what camera you use. Reply Agness August 10, 2015 Great tips! Only if I knew that when I was travelling across China last year. My life would be much easier!! 🙂 Reply Agness September 3, 2015 Have you hear the saying that the best moments are captured by your eyes and stay in your head, not in your camera? That’s so true, but having a couple of nice snapshots from a holiday is also nice. Thanks for the tips!! 🙂 Reply Mike September 4, 2015 I have always wanted to be able to take better pictures. Thank you for the advice. Reply Ian November 7, 2015 Thanks for the tips! Guess those recommended destinations are going to be on my travel list now. Reply Leave a Reply to Ian Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.