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Tips and Tricks to Take Better Holiday Photos

The summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the holiday season is finished. Autumn is a beautiful time to take a trip! Bright colours of leaves, long talks with new friends and mulled wine or coffee often set the scene for an idyllic getaway. Of course, when people experience new things, it’s only right…

The summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the holiday season is finished. Autumn is a beautiful time to take a trip! Bright colours of leaves, long talks with new friends and mulled wine or coffee often set the scene for an idyllic getaway. Of course, when people experience new things, it’s only right that they want to share their experience with others, either in person or through social media.

With social media, you can relive unforgettable moments and revisit favourite places from all over the world, while sharing your experiences with those who are unable to be there with you. However, there’s no guarantee that you’ll take fantastic photos of scenic backdrops, lush mountain tops, quaint towns, or anywhere else where your travelling boots may land.

Here are some tips for capturing splendid holiday photos that display your trip to everyone else in a manner to make them wish they were there:

The early worm catches the bird


The time after sunrise is known as the ‘Golden hour’ and it’s ideal for pictures thanks to the light reflecting off its surroundings and creating vivid imagery. Nearby objects bath in natural light without suffering from the sun’s glare. Early hours also afford you the space to take pictures without coach-loads of tourists standing in the way.

The sunrise seems to photograph best over marvellous landscapes, whether it’s the Niagara waterfall or mountains in China – the sunrise looks best cascading over vast sites.

Get Lost (Explore Hidden Gems)

Most of the time when you’re traveling, you have an itinerary of the destinations that you want to see and capture. While those photos can look great, some of the best travel images come from places you don’t initially expect.

Throw caution to the wind and head off the beaten track, trying something unexpected in the process. This doesn’t mean that you should forget about safety. Always have a way of getting back to your accommodation and don’t enter dangerous areas for the sake of some likes on Instagram.

Take Note of the Simple Things

Too often, travelers are fascinated with popular tourist sites. While it’s enticing to take a photo of the Leaning tower of Pisa or the Brooklyn Bridge, you shouldn’t ignore the rest of the city. 

To capture a place and its culture, you need to look beyond the shining lights and find beauty in everyday moments. Look around the streets and capture the way they wind and tilt from one side to another. Get a close-up of the flowers hanging over balconies or snap a photo of locals enjoying brunch.

It’s the little things that can invite people into your own world.

Play With Colour


Many places throughout the world have beautiful colour palettes, helping to bring their culture to life. Take photos of colourful buildings, doors, windows, and cars. Make your photos vivid and vibrant. Local graffiti from high-quality artists always looks good in images thanks to zany and colourful styles.

Countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil and Chile are well known for their high-end graffiti.

It’s Good to Talk

If you want to take a close-up photo of an interesting character, it’s always good to start a conversation with them first. Ask for their permission and make your intentions clear. Try not to be awkward. 

Locals are the heart of any location. It may seem strange at first, but capturing people can make for more captivating photographs.

The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is an essential composition technique for professional photographers and those who aspire to take high-quality shots. Imagine that the photo is split into a 3×3 grid. When you’re capturing a moment, think of all four square boxes that consist of an edge and the middle of the grid. Those four boxes represent a third of the whole shot. Try to place the object in one of those squares. This is one of the most important thing you should remember.

Take Advantage of Camera Apps

None of the built-in smartphone cameras are as good as add-on camera apps. IoS and Android developers directly focus on the quality of their product, which is only the camera app. They come with more features and settings. Camera+ or Manual are the leaders in the market now, and are fairly priced.

Practice Makes Perfect


Tweaking the aspect ratio, adjusting aperture or even splitting the screen into grids to help you visualise ‘The Rule of Thirds’ helps your photos to look even sharper. Spend some time watching tutorials on YouTube or read the instructions that come with new cameras (or even camera apps) if you want to significantly enhance the quality of your travel photos.

Avoid Using Flash

The flash that comes with cameras in smartphones can ruin an image. It can create random shadows and highlights; or show random reflections and affect the colour of the entire image. Always try to utilise the natural light to help create the best possible photo. The only logical reason you could use a flash for would be the inability to take a photo. E.g. being on the beach at night.

Travel Light


Only take the equipment that you need for your chosen destination. With stricter weight restrictions from airlines, packing only essential items for trips is essential.

Always keep in mind:

  1. Don’t forget battery chargers for your camera or/and mobile phone, and a travel adaptor.
  2. A laptop is great way to backup images.
  3. Take an e-book about photography to improve and refresh your skills (e.g. the book of Michael Freeman called ‘The Photographer’s Eye).
  4. If it’s possible, book accommodation with impressive views from your balcony or window. You will feel inspired every day.
  5. A portable hard drive for a secondary backup, in case the laptop gets damaged, stolen or lost.

With these tips, you can turn your regular holiday snaps into the envy of all of your social media friends, creating high-quality and authentic images. You can even upload them to the Lobster Marketplace, where brands, advertising agencies and the media buy them for campaigns.

Sign up as a content creator and start earning for your photography today.

And, of course, enjoy your vacation!

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