Making a photo book may be the last thing on your mind while on holiday but it’s definitely worth doing! Try thinking about how you want to capture your holiday in a photo book while at the beach or enjoying dinner. Will your holiday book be calm and cool or more lively and energetic? Then consider what kind of photos you’d need to take to help you create it. The five tips below will make sure your photos are not just perfect, but ‘photobookable’!
While on holiday, take photos of different things that can be used as backgrounds on your photo book pages. Tiles, ancient walls and repeating patterns often work well here. Of course, you can always use backgrounds available in the creator tool, but using your photos as backgrounds will make your book more personal.
Capture the scenery and your subjects in the best possible way by positioning your subject a bit to the side. Do this by using the ‘Rule of Thirds’ (see embedded image below). Imagine dividing your frame horizontally and vertically into thirds, then position yourself to place your subject(s) along the intersecting lines or points before taking your picture.
Sparkling dew drops on a beautiful tropical flower, a lovely old door or the shells on the beach: such detail can create great atmospheric photos! They also make great background photos for photo albums. In your next photo album try combining a landscape photo with a few detailed shots. The best way to take close-up shots is by using the “macro” mode on your camera. This function is available on most hand held cameras (the button with the ‘tulip’ icon).
Shooting against the light is often discouraged as this decreases visibility of our subject(s). Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t take interesting shots doing just that! With careful observation and some creative thinking, you can position yourself to capture the light in a way that doesn’t compromise your subjects. You could capture the light shining through palm trees, reflected on water, or when it creates beautiful silhouettes of people at sunset.