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How to take a good photograph on holiday

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

There’s no denying that photographs complete a holiday. You don’t have to own state-of-the-art equipment to produce a frame-worthy snap. Here are some helpful photography tips to get you started.

Prepare ahead of time

Make sure you’re comfortable with your camera and adjusting the settings. You don’t want to miss out on capturing the perfect shot because you couldn’t remember how to change the ISO settings. Practice makes perfect so take photos at night, in the rain and in the sunshine before your holiday to get used to it. Don’t forget to keep your batteries charged and have enough space on your memory card.

Camel ride in Mongolia


Getting the composition balance right is the difference between a photo of a statue and a photo of a statue at an ancient temple during sunset. Think about the background you want in your photo and position yourself. If you’re taking a photo of someone, try getting your subject to stand off-centre or move in closer for different results.

Don’t use flash indoors

Flash is great for outdoor photography but not so great indoors. Try and use as much natural light as possible when you’re inside. Get your subject to stand near a window or a door to cast natural light over them.

Hoi An

Get artistic

Look for reflections in water to add an artistic flare to your image. Not only will you impress your friends and family with high-quality creative photos, you’ll also get to make the most of rainy weather.

Dealing with photo-bombers

No doubt you’ve had to deal with them before. There’s nothing you can do about people walking in and out of your frames and no one has the time to wait around until the crowds are gone. Plan your visit to popular sites and attractions around off-peak periods like sunrise instead of sunset. Or, try to incorporate people into your photos by moving around and positioning them in a way that works. Adding people to your photos can liven up the image.

Taj Mahal

Do you really need all that stuff?

Tripods are great if you’re capturing moving objects but they are bulky and heavy to carry around. The best photos can be taken on a stroll through heritage towns in Asia so consider your need to bring along a tripod. The same goes for lenses. Think about what types of lenses you’ll use most and pack wisely.

Remember to enjoy the experience

It’s important to have your camera at the ready so you don’t miss out on the perfect snap, but don’t forget to enjoy it! Photos may be a great memento to bring back from your trip but nothing compares to memories of the experiences themselves.