Tips for taking the perfect holiday photo

19 December 2014

Memories are great and allow us to relive our favourite holiday moments. Unfortunately over time, and with our hectic lives, these memories start to fade and before you know it you have forgotten those precious moments. Fortunately, with our phones and many digital camera options, it is now so easy to snap up your favourite holiday moments to keep and come back to when you want to relive these moments.

We have put together 8 Handy Tips for you to take the perfect Holiday Photo:

Plan ahead

Don't miss out on the perfect "aaaah!" moment - make sure your camera / phone is fully charged and old photos have been saved elsewhere, so that you have a clean memory card to save all those pics.

Get up early

This is probably the last thing you want to hear when you are on holiday, but the early bird definitely catches the worm. Early mornings have the best lighting for scenery shots. On the plus side, you will have more time to go exploring. Late afternoons are the second best time if you can't make those early mornings. The Pilanesberg National Park even has photographer's hideouts where you can go sit to capture the animals in their habitat. Mornings are perfect for these kinds of shots!

Remember to include people

Often we get carried away by the beautiful landscapes and sunset and forget to take any people shots. Don't forget that memories are made not only by where you go, but also who you share your time with. Get your loved ones down to the pool and take some lovely pics of everyone relaxing on the island. Get posing! This is one of many awesome spots for photos at The Kingdom Resort.

Zoom Zoom Zoom

After you have taken the obligatory 'full length' picture of the family or the place you are visiting, take some zoomed in shots to fill the frame. This will give you much more detail in the shot.

Surprize them with your shot

Candid photos are so much more meaningful than the standard posed shots. Plan to sneak your camera along so that no one is expecting it. That way you will have many fun and unrehearsed memories to talk about. Kids in the middle of an intense foosball tournament at the games area? Snap it up! Hubby chatting away at the fireplace whilst turning the meat? Catch the moment!

Get down low

The angle of the shot can make all the difference to creating a perfect image. For the ideal perspective, especially for kids and animals, you need to get down on your knees and connect at eye-level. This perspective is also great for when you guys are playing volleyball - it makes for great action shots when someone hits the ball upwards.

Use your flash outdoors

Most people think that using flash is only for indoors and at night. A flash can however be a great tool during the daytime to fill the shadows and even out harsh contrasts. Try it out and see your images become masterpieces.

Plan your cover shot

Whether it is for scrapbooking, creating a photo book or just for your own photo gallery; a creative cover can make all the difference. This should be based on the area you are visiting and include ideas like writing something in the sand at the beach or creating letters from fallen leaves on the grass - unleash your creative juices and be original.