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How to take brilliant travel photographs with your phone

If you are off on holiday or travelling somewhere new but don’t want to lug your camera around with you, don’t worry. You can take some great photographs just using your phone. Here are a few tips:

03071413-Family-in-seax1. Shoot in the mornings or afternoons

For almost all subjects, but especially portraits or group shots, sidelight or backlight will nearly always be best. So mornings and afternoons are the most preferred times to shoot. If you are shooting at these times and want a really professional look, always take a reflector (this can be a piece of white card or a white sheet) which you can place to fill in light in the shadows.

2. Unify a picture by less colours.

In other words take photos of subjects that are mainly one colour. This is a very good technique for creating a sublime emotional feeling in your picture. A mostly blue picture will seem restful and romantic, while a mostly red picture could result in a really exciting image. With a restricted number of colours your picture will have more impact.
3. Shoot during the Golden Hour.

Ask any professional Photographer and he will tell you: the Golden Hour is the best. This is the last hour before the sun starts to go down. This can only really be appreciated if the sun is out with very few clouds, but is the very best time to shoot anything, especially portraits of people or animals.

4. Shooting very low for great perspective

Shooting very low, or almost on the ground and tilting the camera up can give you some really dramatic exaggerated perspectives. Any different angles like these that we are not used to seeing will make your pictures that much more interesting. Don’t be afraid to get your phone as low as possible. Showing the ceiling in interior pictures can add to the drama of your picture.

030714TGP Cover (2)7.Photographing your children

With children you will need to shoot even more quickly as they very soon get bored. If you feel they are losing attention then quickly change the setup but keep taking pictures. Do not stop the session for a rest as you might lose the child’s interest altogether. Just keep going.

These strategies are taken from David Fairman’s best selling book “Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours”. Available from Amazon and all good bookshops.

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