How digital photography improves your vacation pictures
Who does not remember the slide nights with the neighbors who had just returned from their vacation in the Bahamas? Two or more hours on the sofa and all the fingers in front of the lens, blurred edges and zero depth, or the clumsy expression we all pull when a lightning flash into our faces. In short, a collection of what you should not do with a camera on your next vacation.
Thankfully, technology has made it much easier to take high-quality photos with just a single touch on the button. More importantly, digital photography websites have allowed people to publish holiday photos without having to invite people to tea.
But there are still some horrible pictures – the memories of the holidays are blurred. At Marine Project, we strive for perfection: because perfect is a standard. And we do agree that the memory of your luxury vacation should not be ruined by some poor-quality photos.
We have put together our best tips for you to improve your holiday photography.
Use the rule of thirds
Great Photography is a great composition, where the “rule of thirds” is one of the most effective ways to enhance your images. It’s also super easy. Imagine having four lines in your photos: two horizontal and two vertical ones. Together, these lines yield nine straight squares. If you buy a decent digital camera, you can even display the grid on the camera screen. So there are no excuses. Once you have your lines, start playing where the focal point of an image lies. Some shots may look good when the focus is centered, e.g. a perfectly prepared pantry. Others may be able to leave the focus of the image off the center of the image, encouraging the viewer’s eyes to run around the entire frame.
Avoid camera shake
Blurriness is often the main cause of bad photos. However, there are some easy ways to avoid this. You need to learn how to hold your camera right. Use both hands, holding the camera with one hand and the lens with the other. Hold the camera close to your body to support and balance it. Make sure you use a shutter speed that is appropriate. If this is too long, the slightest movement would result in a picture that would make you question your eyesight. In general, the rule is not to shoot with a shutter speed longer than your focal length. For example, if you shoot with a 100mm lens, your shutter speed should be at least 1/100 second. If you persist having problems with blurring, you should invest in a tripod.
Create a sense of depth
If you admire a panoramic landscape that deserves your photographic talents, make sure you live up to it. It is always helpful to create a sense of depth when you want to create this type of picture. That way, viewers can really feel like they’re there with you. For best results, use a wide-angle lens and a small aperture of f/16 (or smaller) to keep the foreground and background sharp. If you put an object or person in the foreground, it will also add an extra scale effect while highlighting the distance.
Note: A small shutter usually requires a slower shutter speed. Therefore, make sure you understand our point above to reduce camera shake and blurring.
Use simple backgrounds
When you take pictures of your loved ones and new friends on vacation, the simplest procedure is usually the best. You want to make them the stars of the photo. Use simple backgrounds to reduce the number of visual distractions. Suitable for neutral colors and simple patterns. This is even more important if you experiment with the rule of thirds and do not center the focus of the image.
Do not use a flash indoors
Do you remember that dodgy facial expression that I mentioned earlier? Let us avoid that if we can. Adding a flash indoors can be harsh and extremely unnatural, especially in portrait photography. So how can you avoid the use of a flash while ensuring there is enough light? First, adjust the ISO values of your camera to 800-1600. This has a big impact on the light sensitivity of your camera so you can use more of it. Then use the largest possible aperture. This way, more light reaches the sensor of your camera and the background is out of focus. If you are in the deepest, darkest cave and need to use a flash, use one whose head you can turn. Align the light at an angle to the ceiling. This ensures that it is not so insistent and you are still supplied with the required light.
Host your photos in the right place
Social media channels are fine, but your newly discovered photographic skills deserve more than that. If you love to take pictures for which you think you ’re your professional talents, it’s worth investing in a personalized photo portfolio.
There is a huge selection of photography websites for photographers today, and many will help you develop your creative potential. Better yet, a well-presented portfolio will help you to improve your online visibility overall and give employees more opportunities to discover their talents.
Photography is an art form that should be shared with others, so do not be shy!
by Adalbert Oster