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How To Take Perfect Holiday Pictures With Your Smartphone

One of the best things about travelling is collecting memories that will last forever. So, it’s understandable that sometimes you want to record a special moment to carry with you and show to your loved ones back home. Whether it’s that perfect sunset on an idyllic island in Croatia, a candid moment whilst sharing a Portuguese dinner with friends, or a silly pose against the leaning Tower of Pisa, a well-timed snap can provide pleasure for years after the event. 

Fortunately, with the ever-increasing sophistication of smartphones, you don’t even need to carry around an expensive DSLR to record your favourite holiday moments. Of course, the picture quality may not surpass that of a ‘real camera’, but with a few top tips and nifty tricks, you may just find that your trusty smartphone captures your trip perfectly. Here’s how to get the best out of it…

Top tips for using your smartphone camera 


1.Crop, don’t zoom

Although it’s tempting to get up close and personal with your subject by using the zoom on your smartphone, try to resist. There’s no escaping that zooming results in a severe drop in image quality, and you want to avoid this at all costs. A much better idea is to go ahead and snap your shot as normal, using the auto-focus to get as sharp an image as possible then simply cropping the image afterwards.

2.Consider your composition

Oh, wouldn’t it be easy if we could just shoot away willy-nilly and still end up with fantastic photographs to show the grandchildren? For some people with a good eye for a shot, it really could be that simple, but for the majority of us, it pays to put a bit of thought into our pictures. The classic ‘Rule of Thirds’ has helped countless hapless photographers frame a photo just right – it consists of visually dividing your image into thirds and fitting the subject you’re snapping along the imaginary lines. For example, instead of snapping your partner standing in the centre of a shot, try sliding them to the side, a third of the way along the screen. With a picturesque backdrop, you might find your picture suddenly becomes much more effective by employing this simple trick.

3.Edit your snaps

Instead of just slapping any old filter on top of your images for that uniform Instagram look, why not download a photo editing app that allows you to tune and edit your images by hand? Popular apps include Afterlight and VSCO which come with a range of interesting and subtle filters that can be adjusted to taste as well as tools which allow you to adjust the contrast, exposure and other elements that can add that personal touch to your pics. Snapseed and Photoshop Express are also excellent apps that can make adjustments and enhancements to parts of a photograph, giving you greater control over the final image.

4.Forget the flash

Eyes reminiscent of demonic possession and face washed out with a sickly yellow light? You’ve just been hit with a smartphone flash in low light! Unfortunately, many flashes on smartphones are just not effective enough to pick out detail in very low light, which can be something of a pain on an evening in a dimly lit restaurant or bar. You’ll come out with better looking images if you find a nearby light source to bathe your subject in and turn the flash off. However, if this isn’t possible, you might find that a few flash-flooded snaps are better than nothing when recording that fun-filled evening out.

5.Keep your lens clean

It might seem like Photography 101, but it’s surprising just how many people forget to clean their smartphone camera lens then wonder why their images are foggy, blurred or look less than their best. Give your lens a gentle wipe with a soft cloth every now and then, even if it doesn’t look grubby to the naked eye. The last thing you want is for that perfect shot to be ruined by an awkwardly placed speck of dust. Keep your lens clean and primed for action and you’ll put yourself in the best position for snapping a great set of pics.

As well as packing the necessary gadgets for your holiday abroad, don’t forget to book the right travel insurance for your trip. The right policy will ensure you’re not out of pocket should you fall sick or your luggage goes walkabout. Let Medical Travel Compared help you find a plan that works for you so you can get on with making memories.

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