This year my gorgeous boyfriend and I decided to get away from the chaos of NYE by heading to the Lake District for a romantic weekend away. We’ve cut back on our drinking (more on that in a couple of weeks!) so we wanted to celebrate slightly differently. As you’ve probably seen, we climbed Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis in 2016, so what better way to start 2017 by climbing Scafell Pike?!
My social media has gone absolutely crazy since I uploaded a photograph that Sam took of me on the summit of Scafell Pike. I couldn’t feel my hands and I was barely able to stand without falling over but he didn’t fail to deliver incredible shots (despite -11°C windchill with forces up to 50mph)! The lovely Sam has decided to share five tips to help you to grab your ideal shot:
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Holidays are all about making memories, which is why we all like to take our cameras with us when we go away. It doesn’t matter if it’s a solitary getaway or a big family gathering, capturing the photo of the holiday is an important focal point of your stay. When you’ve amassed a few brilliant images, you can assemble them for a collage canvas using HelloCanvas to remind you of an amazing time.
Composition is everything
It doesn’t matter if it’s a building, a mountain or your friends, you need to compose the different elements of your photo carefully and maybe even take a risk or two.
Have the main subject off-centre – if you have the focal point of the photo in the centre, then there’s just a lot of boring empty space on either side of it. Think about how you can bring in the background in an interesting way – you could blur it a little, or try to catch something intriguing going on.
Move closer to the subject – this is still important even when your focal point is off-centre. People like the subject of the photo to be upfront and obvious, whether there’s something going on in the background or not.
For family and group photos, just keep snapping
You need to take lots of photos, but let your subjects relax and do their own thing. Don’t have them standing rigid with a rictus grimace for half an hour while you fiddle with your light settings! Although, some awkward shots might make good stock photography, you know the ones I’m talking about! Let them mess about, then gather them for a more formal shot – the more photos you take, the more chance there is of getting one where no-one is blinking.
Don’t think, just snap
If gran is amazed by the sparkler in her cocktail, don’t distract her and ask her to pose – just grab that moment. Posing destroys that moment (and the sparkler goes out…). You need to have your camera on hand all the time, with charged batteries and space on your SD card. Get to know the delay period of your digital camera – you’ll soon find it second nature to anticipate when the magic will happen and press the shutter a second beforehand.
Don’t use your flash indoors if you don’t have to
Of course sometimes you have to use your flash, but in general, the light from it is flat and cold, which isn’t what you want. Rely as much as you can on natural light from a window – get in between the subject and a window, but don’t include the window in the frame as the light can confuse your exposure settings.
If it’s dark and you’re indoors, use as much light as you can – candles, lamps and so on. People’s skin tones are so much better and there’s less chance of red-eye.
Try flash outdoors instead
Flash can come to your aid even on bright days outdoors by evening out strong, harsh contrasts and illuminating the subject even more. It’s easy for shadows to creep in, especially on bright days, so a burst of light will banish them forever.