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10 photography tips to help you create memorable photographs while on your holidays

29/05/2012 — 

Manfrotto UK local hero and iconic professional photographer Drew Gardner shares his ten top holiday photography tips.

1) New Camera
If you plan to take family photos with that camera bought especially for the holiday, make sure you get plenty of experience with it before you go. An unfamiliar camera can take time to master. 

2) Packing Your Gear
When packing for your holiday, remember that less camera gear can be more. A great lightweight travel tripod like Manfrotto’s COMPACT photo kit is the most important piece of kit in my luggage. A quality travel tripod will give you great stability for action, night or landscape shots while only adding 1.5kg to your baggage weight. A quality tripod also gives you the chance to get in shots yourself. 

3) Theft Prevention
Consider adding some artificial damage to your camera to make it less appealing to thieves. You can do so by just adding a strip of gaffer tape to the exterior of the camera and scratching the surface of the tape with a key.

4) Child Action Shots
Our favourite shots are often the most spontaneous. To capture great photographs of your kids in action during your time away, carry a camera around before your holiday to get them accustomed to it. Learn to anticipate your kids’ actions, and make it fun. 

5) Photographing Friends And Family
People often position friends and family very distant in shots with a beautiful landscape. If you want a great group photo, make sure to put everyone in the foreground, shooting from the waist up or higher. Don’t have them a long way off in the scene; they’ll get lost!

6) Bright Sunlight
Make sure the bright sunlight at the beach doesn’t confuse your camera’s auto-exposure setting. If it does, you might end up with your photographs underexposed.

7) Photographing The Ocean
If you’re keen to get some great shots of the ocean on your getaway, consider investing in a polarizing filter. That can help cut through the glare on the water and let the rich blues and greens show through.

8) Night Cityscapes

If you’re going on a city break, you can capture spectacular night time photographs by using the twilight mode on your digital camera. Keep in mind, the twilight mode isn’t a replacement for the stability provided by a good tripod.

9) Photographing Locals
If you would like to get a shot of the locals at your holiday destination, do approach them and strike up a conversation. Ask if you can photograph them. Chances are they’ll say yes if you meet them as a human first and a photographer second. 

10) Remember To Have Fun
As much fun as photography is, try not to miss out on the fun yourself, it’s easy to become a slave to the camera.

Drew Gardner is a Manfrotto UK local hero and this article was originally submitted as part of Manfrotto's May Photo Month in association with photo community website ePHOTOzine. Supporting photos by David Clapp.

For more information on Drew visit: www.drew.it