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Whether you are going abroad this summer or camping in the countryside our holiday snaps are more than just pictures. They are memories of a summer spent with family or friends.

Here are my top 10 tips for making the most of your holiday snaps this summer. Simple but effective hints to help you take more interesting photographs that you will treasure forever.

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Holiday snaps blog post : Secret Smile Photography

Tip #1: Preparation is EVERYTHING

Secret Smile Photography : Top 10 tips for taking great holiday snaps Tip #2 It's all about the light

Tip #2: It's all about the light

Top 10 tips for taking great holiday snaps Tip #3 Closer...closer... : Secret Smile Photography Tip #3: Closer...closer...
Top 10 tips for taking great holiday snaps: Tip #4 Dare frame thy fearful symmetry

Tip #4: Dare frame thy fearful symmetry

Secret Smile Photography : Tip #5 Strike a pose

Tip #5: Strike a pose

Top 10 tips for taking great holiday pics : Tip #6 Tilt Tip #6: Tilt
Top 10 tips for taking great holiday snaps - Tip #7 'Stuff' is important too

Tip #7: 'Stuff' is important too

Secret Smile Photography family photographer Leeds Tip #8: Black and white
Tip #9: Mistakes can make AMAZING memories
Top 10 tips for taking great holiday snaps Tip #!0 Use your camera phone Tip #10: Use your camera phone
Top 10 tips for taking great holiday snaps: final word Final note


1.       Preparation is EVERYTHING

So you have a nifty little point-and-shoot digital camera and you’re raring to take it on your family holiday and record all those moments that you want to relive when you get back?

Excellent!

Photographing people, especially children, is more often about timing than anything else. Emotions and wonderful moments can happen so fast – if you aren’t prepared then you could miss an amazing memory to look back on.

 

[photo of William & squirrel]

 

Make sure you read your camera’s instruction manual, get to know what settings are used for which functions. Nothing is more disappointing than missing recording your child’s first dip in the Med because you had your camera on the wrong setting or the batteries were dead.

 

[photo of J on hols]

 

Which brings me on to the second part of preparation – make sure you have fresh batteries and a nice empty memory card. Back up any photos already on the memory card then erase all images or buy a new memory card to take on holiday with you. Nothing is more frustrating than being out sight-seeing and having to view and select which images of Grandma’s birthday to delete because you have no way of backing the images up and no way of taking new photographs without deleting some first!

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