To take great holiday photos, you’ll need to ensure your equipment is well-maintained during your trip. Moisture, knocks and dodgy backlanes are some of the hazards you may face while travelling. On top of that, you may want to consider refining your shooting technique so your pictures don’t look like rejects from the postcard factory. Jino Lee, Photography Trainer, Consumer Imaging & Information Division from Canon Singapore, shares some pointers on taking better photos during your vacation.
The Singaporean trait of being "kiasu" (afraid to lose) is not a bad thing when it comes to packing. Lee says, "It is always recommended to have at least one extra battery and an extra memory card while traveling, in case of any unforeseen circumstances. These items should be stowed in your regular bag, as opposed to your luggage, for easy access." He also recommends bringing the camera battery charger and to charge the batteries every night, regardless of usage.
We use tripods to keep the camera stable but it’s understandable if you prefer not to lug it with you on holiday. Lee suggests some alternative ways to keep your shots steady, "One of the most straightforward ways to minimise camera shake is to increase your ISO speed to higher values like 1600 or 3200. Doing so will allow a faster shutter speed and greatly reduce chances of shaking or subject movement." Lee also suggests looking for steady structures you can stabilise your camera against, such as parapets, rocks or even walls.
Flip through your friends’ online photo albums and you’ll soon start noticing everyone’s taking the same type of pictures in Bali, Bangkok and Hong Kong. How can you stand out with your photos? Lee says, "When on-site, try to avoid those angles by exploring creative framing options and unusual perspectives to play around with."