Photos can be the ultimate travel memento. But what happens when you return home to find your travel snaps don’t reflect the once-in-a-lifetime experiences you didn’t want to forget?
Photography consultant to Phil Hoffmann Travel, Ms Rosey Boehm, said focusing on quality and not quantity can help holiday makers avoid common “snap traps”.
“Bad composition, blurred focus, issues with flash and taking too many pictures are common travel snap traps,” she said.
“We see plenty of photo examples from European holidays, particularly the Eiffel Tower or Venice at night, whereby the flash is used incorrectly or key subject matter is out of focus.”
It begs the question – what are some of your best and worst holiday photos and where did you take them?
Tips to avoid travel snap traps are:
- Composition – a well-set photo scene can create a wonderful image. Remember the main point of interest doesn’t have to be the centre of the shot.
- Flash – take control of your camera’s flash. Avoid leaving it on an ‘auto’ setting.
- Focus – Keep it steady – find nearby objects that help to keep your hands and arms still.
- Fewer photos – when you have a clear idea or theme in mind it’s likely you’ll take fewer photos.
Source: Rosey Boehm, Photography consultant to Phil Hoffmann Travel.
Ms Boehm said having a photography theme in mind before embarking on a holiday would enhance observation skills and allow for creativity.
“We all see things differently when we’re travelling,” she said.
“Opting for a photo theme – whether it’s a reflection of your own personal interests, your favourite colour or shape – allows travellers to be creative and look at things in different ways.
“All of our senses are heightened in different countries and therefore photographing with a photographer’s hat on gives people permission to be creative and original.
“Capturing unforgettable memories is a key part of the travel experience – it’s important that you bring the right moments home that you can remember forever.”
Phil Hoffmann Travel Chief Executive Officer Mr Peter Williams said the travel company’s photography workshops were a popular choice for holiday makers.
“We are seeing a real demand for our range of lifestyle courses, which includes photography, language and cooking classes, as many people want to be prepared and make the most of their travel experience,” he said.
“Our photo workshops help give travellers knowledge, confidence and skills to enjoy photography whilst holidaying.
“These are people that are passionate about photography, who treat it as a creative art form and who want to build their confidence and skills.”
Founded in Adelaide in 1990, Phil Hoffmann Travel is South Australia’s premier travel agency with offices at Norwood, Stirling, Victor Harbor, Adelaide City, Hyde Park, Semaphore and Glenelg. The travel company has just opened its eighth retail branch in Modbury.