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holiday hacks // wanderlust HOW TO... Take Awesome Photos 10 tips to nailing the perfect holiday snap on your smartphone Take your smartphone everywhere Okay, it’s likely you’ll be carrying your smartphone around with you anyway, but it’s still an important tip. Sometimes the most amazing photo ops can be when (and where) you least expect them, so always have your smartphone ready – with battery fully charged – on your travels. Find the lighter side Any great photographer will tell you that light can make or break a photo. Early morning is normally the best time to shoot, as the sun bathes everything in a golden glow. Sunset also makes for incredible photos, but try to avoid the harsh light in the middle of the day. Avoid the clichés We’re all guilty of a cliché holiday snap (“Look, I’m holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa!”), but take some time to find a different viewpoint. If it’s a famous building you’re photographing, can you go round the back? Is there a higher viewpoint? Also, look for shadows or unique details that others might not notice. The devil’s in the details Pretty much any destination offers opportunities for breathtaking or epic pics, but for an interesting photographic series don’t forget the little things. For example, if you’re at the Eiffel Tower, also take photos of the people around you, the market stalls and things like flocks of birds flying past. Come on, get appy! There’s a range of apps out there to help improve your pics with a few tweaks. Simple things like clever cropping, adjusting the brightness or adding a filter can vastly improve your snaps. Check out Snapseed, Camera Awesome and Enlight for handy editing tools. 1 2 3 4 5 Compose for impact It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the beauty of a new destination, but when it comes to photos it’s important to have a clear focal point. Focus carefully on your point of interest and play around with angles, distances and viewpoints. You might feel silly, but try kneeling, standing on a step or moving a few steps to one side. Wake up early (trust us) Need a reason to set your alarm for 5am? If you’re visiting popular landmarks or attractions, getting there as early as possible means you won’t be fighting for the best viewpoint. There’s also something eerily beautiful about seeing a place that’s usually packed out, without the hoards of people. 6 7 8 9 10 Up close and personal Smartphones have small sensors that can create a much larger depth of field than a traditional camera. So you can get more of a scene in focus (and even better angles, as phones are so small and light). Make these factors work for you and get close to your subject for super-focused images with impressive detail. People power People can often be the best subject for photos and also provide a sense of scale and context. Be sure to ask locals for their permission first and photograph them with kindness, and respect for their culture. Posed shots can be beautiful, but try to take some candid ones, too. Back it on up now These days, thankfully, you don’t have to lug a laptop or external drive around with you on your travels – saving your precious pics is as simple as uploading them to the cloud or your favourite storage facility (make sure you have plenty of space before you leave) whenever you have internet access. Don’t. Forget. H 29