Taking photographs on holiday doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. It can be as simple as you want it to be, but mostly it’s all about having fun and creating an image to be proud of. Undoubtedly we all take some form of photographic equipment with us on our travels to capture and freeze those moments we never want to forget.
To help out those who need a push in the right direction, Southampton Airport have got some useful but easy to understand advice such as what camera to use and how to edit your snaps. To get the best out of your holiday images, we’ve also provided some ingenious ways of displaying them around your home.
What camera to use?
Before anything else, you need to make sure you have the right equipment. There is a huge range of cameras out there, so sometimes working out which one’s best for you can be stressful and confusing. Firstly, you need to work out what budget you have and be clear as to the style of photographs you’re looking for.
These are the highest spec of camera technology. They are best for photography hobbyists who understand the concepts of ISO, white balance, shutter speed and aperture. Different lenses can be used such as ‘macro’ and ‘telephoto’ to make the most out of different situations, locations and activities. The Canon 700d is a reasonably priced DSLR for the 18 megapixels and full HD 1080p video it has to offer. Budget: £300-£1000 plus.
Compact Digital cameras just keep getting better with megapixels reaching new spectacular levels. These are best for capturing professional looking photos without having to be a photography expert. Made with travel in mind, these are lightweight and have ultra-extensive zoom ranges for superb long distance close ups. The Panasonic Lumix brand has everything you need and is easy to use. Budget: £90- £400.
The increasingly popular GoPro camera is perfect for activity lovers. The newest GoPro Hero 4 Silver edition is waterproof to depths of 40m, shockproof, dustproof and freeze proof. This impressive camera weighs only 110g but shoots 4K Ultra HD at 15 frames per second, has a touch screen display and built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Disposable Cameras and Polaroid Cameras
These old school forms of photography need not be forgotten and are making a comeback. Not knowing how the photos will turn out when you take them is fun in itself. Having a collection of quickly printed images means you can give them out to family and friends.
The latest iPhone technology means you can capture high quality photos while, in the meantime, other companies are creating mini macro and fish eye lenses especially for iphones to create an even more professional finish.
How to edit them and display your photos
Once you’ve captured your images, there is an exciting range of editing styles to make them even better than they already are. When taking photos digitally, we tend to pop them on a USB or hard drive and forget about them. We need to remember that the photos we take are there to be reminisced. So, after getting the perfect edit, look to a few simple display ideas to make your photos part of your home.
To create those professional looking photos, Adobe Photoshop software is the one of the best; it truly has the most extensive editing range. For something a bit simpler, try Pixlr. This online editing site is perfect for adding filters and offers similar techniques to Photoshop on a toned down scale.
Use iMovie (if you’re working on a Mac) or final cut pro to edit any videos captured on your travels. An intro, quick cuts and an outro with copyright free music in the background will create a memorable but creative way of remembering a holiday. iPhone apps such as Afterlight, Polamatic, and VSCO Cam are all clever editing applications to turn your quick snaps into quirky wallpapers or social media posts.
To display around your home, photo frame montages mean you can have a bit of creative, craft fun. Grab a bunch of mismatching and different sized frames to add your photos to, and then hang up in a randomly grouped display. Alternatively, for a more clean and slick finish, look to sites like Photobox which offer photo printing services on products such as canvases, posters or acrylic prints.
Again, for a more creative approach, scrapbooks and travel journals are a personal way of recording your trip. Stick in photos, tickets, 3D items or even write a small entry for each day, week or specific occasion. This is a good way of getting children involved to create their own special holiday memory.