How to Take Better Photographs on Honeymoon
Next, to your actual wedding day, your honeymoon is likely to be the next most important event that you’ll want to capture on film. A lot of money can be spent on wedding photographs which will look absolutely amazing, so what can you do to give your honeymoon snaps that professional touch without the need for booking an extra seat on the plane for a photographer!
Let’s take a look now at a few tips you can use on how to take better photographs on honeymoon
You don’t want to be laden with camera equipment on your holiday, so the first tip is to travel light. The ratio for honeymoon photographs is 20% landscapes and 80% detail, so you shouldn’t need to pack a wide lens. Digital SLRs can be as much as £5,000, but you can pick up a perfectly adequate one for around £300 – £400 and is likely to be small and with no ‘attachments’ to lug around with you.
If you want to take better photographs on honeymoon then, my honest suggestion, would be to invest in a decent camera.
Think about your current camera, if you one. If it’s time to upgrade/update then this could be the ideal time to get a new camera. You really don’t need a huge megapixel camera – 16mp is fine for the majority of people. Next up is to think about your budget. £300 – £400 is more than enough for an excellent camera that will last you years.
If you just want something small, light and less costly look at the £100 mark. It won’t be as versatile as the more expensive cameras but will get the job done.
Another thing to remember is batteries, battery chargers and memory cards. Always overestimate how many you need, as it’s better to have too many than run out just when you need another one.
Get to Know your Camera and Take Better Photographs on Honeymoon
Having a great camera is only part of the picture, as you must be fully acquainted with the functions it offers. The better you know your camera, the quicker you will be able to react to light conditions and catch that magical moment before it has gone.
Ideally, spend time before you go on your honeymoon getting to know your camera and you won’t waste time you could be enjoying with your new partner on honeymoon.
You can get camera manuals no online and you can download one to your tablet or smartphone to use whilst you are away on honeymoon.
On of the biggest things I hear from the couple is that they didn’t really know how to take better photographs in honeymoon because they didn’t know how the camera worked properly. As the say goes ” RTFM” – Read The Flipping Manual ;-)
Whilst camera bags are the perfect thing to carry your precious camera in, they are a signpost for any would-be thief that you are carrying valuable equipment. More generic ‘non-descript’ carry bags that have dual purposes are a better option when travelling.
My personal favourite at the moment is made by Domke. Small, lightweight and large enough for a camera + lens + extra body + wallet _+ phone + spare batteries and memory cards. It’s not cheap – but will last a flipping long time!
Be in the moment.
By far the most important tip, however, is to just go and enjoy your honeymoon. Some of the best memories of your wedding and honeymoon are carried in the mind, so don’t try and photograph everything or you’ll miss actually being there.
All couples want to take better photographs on honeymoon, and if that is really important to you drop me a line and we can chat over coffee and I can give you some tips on angles, composition etc.
Rule of Thirds – Take Better Photographs on Honeymoon
The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guidelines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section.
Does this mean that you need to worry about perfectly aligning everything with the thirds of an image? Not really — it’s just a rough guideline.
What is usually more important is that your main subject or region isn’t always in the direct middle of the photograph.
For landscapes, this usually means having the horizon align with the upper or lower third of the image. This gives the photographs much more dynamic composition.
For subjects, this usually means photographing them to either side of the photo and can be used to give an indication of the direction of the subject.
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