Capturing Your Memories – Part 1

Don’t be afraid to be trigger happy with your digital camera. You can always delete pictures later, but you may never be at that amazing location again.

Use these simple tips and you’ll be able to relive the trip of a lifetime and share it with family and friends long after you’re back home!

The trip of a lifetime is something everybody wants to remember, and what’s more, we all like to be able to relive the adventure and tell others of all the sites and fun along the way. Capturing these memories and sharing them with friends and family has been made all the more easy with advances in technology. Digital cameras, laptops, high speed internet and cheap photo printing means it’s a piece of cake and relatively inexpensive to create journals, personal web pages and videos that allow people to not only see where you’ve been once you’ve parked the van at home, but also to follow your journey online.

Here I’m going to explore all the bits and pieces necessary to capture all the amazing sites, sounds and adventures you have on the road – From what equipment you’ll need to how to use it!

Put yourself in the picture. A scenic photo is even better if you’re part of the landscape!

Photography

Gone are the days of spending a fortune on a camera and then needing to wait a week while your film is being processed. Today you have the luxury of instant results in the form of digital photos, and an ever-decreasing cost to buy a happy-snapper. There’s also lots to choose from, which unfortunately for some is more of a burden than a luxury. But with this helpful guide you’ll be able to make a more informed choice and hopefully avoid making the wrong decision.

What to look for in a camera

With any electrical product, always do your research before heading out to the shops. There’s all sorts of technical lingo that can cause confusion, so visit a few websites and read reviews on the cameras you’re thinking of purchasing. Even better, talk to others. Friends and family can be a great resource for learning about which digital cameras work well and which don’t. You’ll also be able to figure out the features that are important to them, which may spark some ideas for you.

A quality flash unit allows you to take great photos after dark and gives you greater flexibility with your lighting.

Armed with this info you will be better equipped to understand what to look for in a camera. One thing to keep in mind is that when you’re on the road you’ll be taking photos of a very wide variety of things. Therefore, a camera that has a good zoom, a wide angle lens, a macro function, as well as being good in low light, are all features that will make life easier.

Something that people often neglect to consider is the size of the camera. Larger ones are often easier to hold, operate and to read the displays on the back. But they can be a burden to carry. Alternatively, smaller point-and-shoot cameras can fit in a purse and look more stylish, but have smaller buttons and screens.

Digital SLR or Compact?

A digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera generally offers a more professional package, with a wide choice in lenses and higher quality images. But this comes at a price! In my opinion, be true to your experience. Beginners should stick with a simple compact, and leave the SLR’s to the more experienced operators or for when you’re looking to take your hobby to the next level.

Quick Tips to Taking Better Photos

–        When photographing small objects, animals or even young children, get down on their level. This will give a more natural perspective of the subject.

–        If possible, place your subject on a plain background. A good example is when shooting a building, position yourself so the blue sky is the backdrop instead of trees or other structures that might confuse the picture.

–        When taking photos outdoors, use your flash.

Underwater housings are built for many compacts. They allow you to take photos while snorkelling and diving, and also double as a protective case if you’re in muddy, wet or dusty environments.

–        For small objects or intricate detail, move in close to the subject matter.

–        For images of large objects, like old ruins, try positioning the object to one side of the frame, not just in the centre.

–        Don’t limit yourself to horizontal images. Play around with taking vertical options of things. Remember, with a digital camera it’s easy to delete unwanted pictures later.

–        Practice lots and get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your camera. Two important things to learn are how far your flash can reach and how your camera operates in different modes.

–        Don’t be afraid to be a director! Tell people where you want them to stand, get them to laugh and smile and try fun things like funny poses to capture someone’s character.

Have some fun with your photos and don’t be afraid to tell people to act up a little.

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