5 Tips for even better shots

Feeling a little more adventurous? Try these five creative ideas to add some extra spice to your travel portfolio...

1 Photograph a festival

The summer months are packed full of festivals, carnivals and events that are perfect for documentary photography. In Spain alone - the most popular overseas destination for Brits - there's the wine battle in Haro in June, the Pamplona Bull Run in July, and the Bunol tomato-throwing festival in August, all of which are spectacles of colour, emotion and movement. Working amid the hustle and bustle of a busy event will push your shooting skills to the limit. You'll want to be in the thick of the action, and this means having very little space or time to get your camera settings right. For this reason, you're best off with a small and light mirrorless camera with a wide-angle lens.
 At some festivals, there's a risk your gear may get wet, dusty or even dropped, so think carefully before taking an expensive camera or lens into the fray. Always wear a neck strap for extra peace of mind, and consider investing in a weather-sealed model.

2 Create a photo story

Why not document a complete record of your trip by taking photos from the second you leave the house until the second you get home. Sometimes the most memorable images come when you least expect them. You can then have your shots printed in a photo album for a complete memory of your time away. Don't forget, taking photos in less glamorous locations, such as a taxi or plane, doesn't mean you can't be creative.

3 Visit a market

If you want to inject some colour and character into your portfolio, there's no better place than a busy marketplace, especially in North Africa and India. Packed full of interesting faces and vibrant foods and fabrics, these are ideal places for amazing reportage photography. As markets are usually very cluttered, stick to photographing details wherever possible. A 50mm prime is a great option, as it's small and light and offers a very wide aperture for blurry backgrounds. It's also ideal for candid portraits. You can buy a 50mm f/1.8 for around £100.

4 Keep looking up

If you're heading off on a city break, don't forget to keep checking for great shots directly above you. The converging lines of tall buildings can look amazing in-camera, and you'll also be able to eliminate all the hustle and bustle going on at ground-level. You'll get the best results on a sunny, blue sky day, and by using an ultra wide-angle lens such as Sigma's 10-20mm (if using an APS-C DSLR).

5 Try forced perspective

You want both the extreme foreground and background in shot, so use a very narrow aperture of around f/16 for a large depth-of-field.

This fun technique, which is perfect for family holidays, involves using perspective distortion to make regular objects look abnormally big or small. If executed correctly, the technique can be extremely impressive! The key is in lining up your background object with your foreground object as precisely as possible. For best results, choose an area with a clean background, such as a beach.

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