How to Take the Perfect Photo on Your Holiday

Taking the ideal holiday snapshot might help you create memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some tips for capturing great photos on vacation, including how to get the perfect night sky shot.

General tips for the perfect photo

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a basic composition method that can significantly improve your photographs. Consider dividing your image into nine equal portions using two vertical and two horizontal lines. Place the main features of your photograph along these lines or at their intersections. This promotes balance and interest. If you are using a good smartphone for pictures consider using the assistive grid function.

Focus on the light

Good lighting is essential for capturing beautiful photographs. Natural light is your best friend, so shoot during the golden hours—right after sunrise and just before sunset—when the light is soft and warm. Avoid the bright midday sun, which can cause dramatic shadows and overexposure.

ISO 100; S 1/400 s; F 5.6
Shot with Canon Eos M50

Candid Photos are the best

While staged images are excellent, candid photos frequently capture the actual essence of your vacation. Keep your camera handy to capture those spontaneous moments of joy, laughing, and discovery.

Play with angles

Don’t be scared to be inventive with your angles. Shoot at a low angle to make your subject appear larger, or from a high angle to capture a more expansive landscape. Changing your perspective can give your images a unique character.

ISO 50; S 1/7937 s; F 2; AF-A; Focal length 38mm
Shot with Huawei P60 Pro

Use leading lines

Leading lines direct the viewer’s gaze throughout the photograph, producing a sense of depth and perspective. These could be highways, bridges, rivers, or even shadows. Incorporate them into your composition to create more vibrant images.

Capture the Perfect Night Sky Photo

Photographing the night sky can be tough but extremely rewarding. Here’s how to capture the a photo of a night sky.

Use a tripod

A tripod is required for nighttime photography. Long exposure durations are required to capture the stars, and camera movement might cause hazy photos. A strong tripod will help keep your camera stable.

Adjust your camera settings

  • ISO: Begin with an ISO of 800 to 1600. Higher ISO settings can catch more light, but they may produce noise. Experiment to find the optimal balance.
  • Aperture: Use the widest aperture (lowest f-number) that your lens allows, such as f/2.8 or f/4. This lets in the greatest light.
  • Shutter Speed: Start with a shutter speed of 20-30 seconds. Longer exposures will capture more light, but they may also result in star trails if that is not the desired look.
ISO 6,400; S 30s; F 3.5
Shot with Canon Eos M50


Focus Manually

Autofocus problems in low light. Turn on manual focus and set your lens to infinity. Live view mode can also be used to fine-tune the focus by zooming in on a brilliant star. However you can use it depending on what camera you have.

Find a dark location

Light pollution might impair your night sky photography. Find a location away from the city lights. Dark Sky Finder is an app that can help you find dark sky places near you.

Plan your shot

Check the moon phase and weather conditions. A new moon and clear skies provide for great stargazing conditions. Stellarium and SkySafari are apps that can help you plan your shot by displaying the positions of stars and constellations.

Use a remote shutter or timer

Pressing the shutter button may cause slight camera movement. To circumvent this, use a remote shutter release or a timer set for 2 to 5 seconds.

Text and pics: Yle Balaceanu, IBMagazine

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