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Keep happy holiday memories alive through fantastic photos
How old is your camera? Digital cameras have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. If yours is a little ancient it could be what's holding you back. Today's models have superb picture quality and easy to use features to give your images the edge. Cash in on tax-free prices at the airport or make the most of online shopping with Boots before you go.
Any photographer will tell you, to get great results it helps to take lots of pictures. Pack a spare camera battery and charger and you'll ensure you've got plenty of power. With memory cards, it's a case of the more the better. With standard prints from 5p at Bootsphoto.com, you can afford to be snap happy!
Take a look at local postcards to give you an idea of where you can find the most interesting photo opportunities. Take note how, and what time of day, professionals have captured local highlights. Back in dreary Blighty, consider uploading your pro style shots into a personalised stand up desk calendar, always there to remind you of happy times and sunny days to come.
Think about the overall balance of your pictures; you don't want to end up with endless images of the same stretch of beach. Try waiting for a bright blue sky, interesting cloud formations or a breathtaking sunset. Consider using objects of interest in the foreground to give pictures a sense of scale, such as children making sandcastles or boats along the shore. Really make an impact by zooming and cropping your images. Enlargements are available at Bootsphoto.com and look amazing, especially when printed as a series of photos.
Use detailed shots. When you're out enjoying dinner, in addition to typical shots across the table, get a photo of the outside of the restaurant. Try to photograph the food – before you tuck in! Is there a great view or are there some musicians playing that would make a memorable photograph? Collections of themed photos capture the atmosphere and are perfect for Photobooks, StyleBooks and wall collages.
Get up early on holiday?! Don't worry, you don't have to do this everyday, but catching the flattering early morning light will be a great asset to your images. The early hours have many benefits. There'll be fewer people to cause distractions, less fill in flash to disguise shadows and no harsh daylight to form difficult contrasts in your images.
If it's your landscapes that usually let you down, try a panoramic shot. The easiest way to do this is to crop a standard photo to panoramic proportions when ordering your prints. The best way though, is to take a series of shots and stitch them together with specialist software. 12" x 5" panoramic prints are available at Bootsphoto.com. Alternatively, it's simple to create and frame photo collages at Bootsphoto.com – looks powerful and eye catching and brightens up a bare wall.
Take it in turns to use the camera so you all get to be in the photographs. Alternatively, using the self-timer can be great fun and means nobody gets left out.
Your friends might be expecting the annual postcard from you, but they won't be expecting one with your photo on it. If you wait until you get back you can upload an image, add a personal message and we'll print and post them to you as postcards – easy!
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