How to Take Great Summer Holiday Photos

Summer Holiday Photos


The school holidays are fast approaching, which means many lucky families are getting ready for a well-deserved break. Whether you’re camping in the Lake District or jetting off to Spain, you’ll create memories you don’t want to forget this summer. Read our guide to taking frame-worthy holiday photos, and ensure you’ll take snaps to treasure and reminisce over for years to come.
Focus on people

If you’re a family looking to fill a photo album with memories, it’s best to always have someone in the photo. Unless you’re a hobbyist or pro photographer, you’re unlikely to appreciate those postcard shots once you return home. The pics featuring smiling faces are the ones your loved ones want to see.

Let the kids have a go

You’ll enjoy a fresh perspective if you let the kids take some of the snaps this summer. Whether it’s silly selfies or a creative composition, their snaps are sure to fill photo albums with fun. Plus, giving everyone a chance to take pics means your photos encapsulate the whole family’s holiday experience.
You might consider kitting the kids out with their very own camera, especially if you’ve got a DSLR that’s difficult to use. For younger children, you need something durable and simple. The Pentax WG-3 GPS is ideal, as it’s crushproof, shockproof, dustproof and waterproof. It even has built-in shake reduction so little hands can still achieve steady shots.

Pentax WG-3 GPS

Tweens and teens will love a compact digital camera which has a front-facing screen that makes snapping selfies simple. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity, so they can easily share images on Facebook, and fun built-in editing features.

Be snap happy

Since you can use photo-editing software to improve pics once you get home, there’s no use spending your holiday worrying about your photography skills. Remember, you can crop, remove red-eye, change colour to black and white, increase brightness and more, so don’t waste time fiddling with settings unless you know what you’re doing.
Your best bet is loading your digital camera with a high-capacity memory card and getting snap happy. That way, you’ll have plenty of photos to choose from and work with, and no need to pore over each one. See our memory card buyer’s guide to ensure you pick the right product.

San Disk Memory Card

Hit the waves

With a waterproof and dustproof camera like the Pentax WG-3 GPS or the Canon PowerShot D30, you can capture the action from the beach and pool. Snap the kids’ happy faces as they’re splashing in the sea or showing off a sandcastle without having to worry about damaging your camera.

Canon Powershot D30 Camera

Be prepared

A dead battery is the last thing you want when a photo opportunity arises. Ensure you’re ready to snap at a moment’s notice by taking along a spare camera battery and keeping on top of charging. You might also consider a portable power pack like the Veho PEBBLE Mini, so you can top up your battery while out and about. Just make sure you have the right connector.

Veho Pebble Mini

If your digital camera isn’t rechargeable, take along spare batteries or invest in rechargeable batteries and keep them topped up with a charger.

We’d love to hear your top tips for great summer holiday photos; share them in the comments below!

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