Rebecca Northcott’s Top Advice
Rebecca originates from Yorkshire, England. She specializes in portraiture of families, individuals and couples. Since traveling to Canada 10 years ago she has become a lover of travel, sampling local delights and meeting new people from every walk of life.
GUEST POST by Rebecca Northcott, a professional photographer based in the UK. We asked her for her top tips, and she’s been generous enough to share them with you!
Traveling means one thing for your social media feed: lots and lots of pictures. Whether it’s boasting your latest tan at the pool or the cool features in your hotel room, there’s always the perfect excuse to take and share a snap. Photographs also lock in the memories that are made when traveling, no matter where you are going. Here are some helpful tips to hopefully make your clicking fingers snap happy.
1. Before you go, get prepared!
Just as you make sure all your luggage is cleared out and organized before you leave, and remove that old chewed up gum out of the front pocket that was from last year’s trip, you should always, always charge the batteries of your camera and if you can, carry spares.
A helpful tip for those of you who love the rapid fire option on your camera: be sure to take more than one memory card with you – you won’t forgive yourself if the card you used to capture your partner’s pool dive suddenly dies. You can get memory cards now for dirt cheap anywhere from 2-20 GB. Your safest bet is to take at least two with you
2. Off you snap!
You will want to capture all the details from your trip, be it on the way to the airport, the pit stops during the car trip, the pending rainstorm, or your kids “am I there yet” frown.
The most important thing is to snap those spur-of-the-moment instances. That pack of chips your kid is eating will change branding within the next ten years and you will look back and have a giggle how funny the font was.
I know this from my own family photos. These shots may seem random or boring to you, and I don’t encourage you to go about taking photos of every chip packet known to man, however if it’s something important to you or someone you care about, you may just want to take a photo of it. Remember, this moment won’t happen ever again.
3. I’m so excited! (Get the big attractions)
Are you going to a popular tourist spot? Make sure you get a photo with all the big attractions or statue or tower.
Whatever it is, take full advantage of it.
To help you photographically, please always follow this rule: Be sure the attraction in the photo isn’t behind your head; Always place the person to the side of it.
Trust that this will save you the grief of regretting that one shot.
4. Don’t be a party pooper
While you’re on vacation, don’t always be the one taking the photos: make sure you get in some as well!
We all know you take the best photos in your group, but hey, we need to see that you were there, too. Set your camera on auto and let someone else snap some of you (or there’s always a self timer). Run rabbit run!
Remember, you are there for a holiday, after all. Enjoy it!
5. The posing guide
Silly faces and gestures are funny– but only when it’s appropriate.
This can apply to serious posing too– there’s a time and a place for it. If you want to imitate a puffer fish at the aquarium, go for it, we will all giggle along with you, but doing the same face everywhere else gets a bit monotonous. You may just want a nice sunset photo that’s relaxed where you just look happy.
Change it up, get a variety of shots with and without you in it.
6. Get creative
Don’t be afraid to use props, hide behind parts of a building, or pop out from behind an object.
Taking pictures is all about getting creative and having fun. Spend a few minutes finding an interesting angle or perspective– shoot upwards, downwards and any other position that will produce a unique photo.
Give your photo some depth. If you are struggling with low light or shooting when it’s dark, don’t forget to use your flash.
Also, try to make sure you are at least a few feet away. No one wants their eyes closed in a shot because you’re blinded by the camera’s flash.
7. I’m tired and I wanna go home
We’ve all heard it and know it to be true- sometimes we need a vacation after the vacation.
Before you get home and upload your 500 odd photos to Facebook, go through your images and delete them on the go.
Unless you are a real camera geek and enjoy spending hours sifting through images, you will probably not have the time or energy to go through them when you get back. Another tip is simply to take less photos.
The less you have, the easier it is to go through them, even on a daily basis and delete the ones you don’t need. This is faster and saves you time in the long run.
8. The most important thing: keep your perspective
If these tips seem overwhelming and you just want to take a few snaps on Instagram, then this last tip is for you. Put down the camera. Yes, you heard right. Sometimes it’s best to just let your eyes and mind actually enjoy the view.
Seeing things with your own eyes rather than through a camera lens enables you to looks at things with more depth. If it’s hard for you to put the camera away when on vacation, think of it as a challenge for at least one day.
One day where you simply enjoy the view and not worry about snapping that perfect shot. It will revitalize you. The image you take with your own eyes will surely capture that memory forever, more so than any picture you have to search for and look back on.
Do something different with your time- share it with your loved ones or just sit and soak it all in. Take time for you.
Hopefully these tips have helped you. Vacations are to be enjoyed so take these suggestions with a pinch of salt. Do what works for you, and most of all, have a great holiday!