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Journeys : Feb March 2011
20 February / March 2011 Life on the move Photographs are the perfect reminders of family travels – and taking great photos is easier than you think. If you’re in charge of the camera on your next trip, whether it’s a weekend away or a longer break, you might find these tips helpful. • Set the camera to the highest image resolution possible, check that the lens is clean and pack spare batteries, memory cards, camera manual and tripod. Buying a camera before travelling? A 10 megapixel digital SLR with an 18-135mm lens is a good star ting point – or if you prefer compacts, look at 10 megapixel models with around a six-times optical zoom. • Tell a stor y with your photos. If your hotel room is stunning – if you drive around a corner to discover an amazing view – or even if you have a fancy dessert, take a photo! Where possible, avoid using the flash. In low light use the tripod – you’ll be amazed at the results! • Capture the kids at play – the result is a much more natural photo. It’s better than trying to make them pose. • If the scener y is beautiful, don’t sleep in every day – early morning light is perfect for photography. Most cameras Travels with your camera Photography tips from Brian Dullaghan have a landscape setting, which makes it even easier to get great shots. • Use people to add scale to your photos. An image of a really big tree will be far more impressive if there’s someone standing beside it. If there’s no one around, set up the tripod, switch to self- timer and get yourself into the picture. • Look for interesting elements to enhance your images. A single swan can turn a river shot from good to great! • Look for different angles when taking photographs of Australia’s famous icons. The Sydney Opera House actually looks amazing from almost any angle! Dramatic sunset light, Perth; the author’s children captured in an unposed scene
Apr May 2011