There are many ways to hold onto memories and experiences of a great trip. If you’ve met people, you can keep in touch with them via social media. They may even become a life-long friend, and you decide to arrange more trips together. Many people buy souvenirs to constantly remind them of their adventures; we used to collect wooden wall masks to display our memories.
For most travellers, it's the photographs you take which will keep your memories alive. Feet Do Travel will share the best advice on how to capture those special travel memories with photography.
Once upon a time, taking photos was a relatively involved process. When photography was first developed, it was very difficult to get a good picture. As technology improved, we went from having to use bulky and complicated equipment to take a photo to being able to carry around a high-quality camera in our pockets.
Phone cameras weren’t always good enough to take clear, high-quality photos, but recent years have seen massive leaps in phone camera technology. Taking good pictures isn’t just possible, but it’s simple. In today's world, a phone is one of life's travel tech essentials.
This extra simplicity and convenience is perfect for busy travellers who don’t want to carry around too much equipment. It makes perfect sense to use your phone as a camera.
Most phones have automatic settings which allow you to keep the picture in focus and even adjust themselves to compensate for light levels. However, you still have to do some of the work. The trick to taking good photos is to get plenty of practice and learn what works.
As well as figuring out how to compose a photograph, don’t be afraid to play with the settings on your phone camera. For example, if you’re trying to take a sunset picture with a silhouette, then you may need to adjust the light settings so that you can capture every beautiful detail. You can take some much more interesting and unique photos this way. Practice makes perfect and don’t be afraid to experiment!
While you can take some stunning photos with nothing more than your phone, you may be tempted to take the next step and invest in a camera. Cameras are expensive and the best ones take a great deal of skill to use properly.
You can however get a camera for beginners to start you on your photography journey. These cameras are usually, smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, but you still get the benefits of a dedicated camera over simply using your phone. Even better, you can begin your journey towards learning a valuable skill.
Dedicated cameras typically have more power and flexibility while providing greater image quality. You also have more tools to play with and the option to use more advanced photography techniques to create even more unique images. If you’re trying to capture your memories, then you want them to look just right. Always explore the settings available in your camera before you need them to make sure you have all the tools at your disposal when the right time comes.
Capturing your memories doesn’t end at the photography stage. You will need to extract the photos from your phone or camera, and store them safely so you can look back on your adventures. The first step is to upload your photographs onto a laptop or MacBook which enables you to arrange your photos. Even if you don’t plan to edit your photos, it’s still worth going through them.
Once your photos are on your device, you should delete any duplicates or unwanted pictures. Here’s how to find duplicate photos on a Mac device easily so you can delete them with very little time or effort.
Once you have deleted unwanted photos, if you have the skill and software, then edit your photos to remove any blemishes and polish them up to perfection. You can create a dedicated album of your travelling memories to enjoy in years to come.
Finally, make sure you create a back-up for your photos either in the cloud or on an external hard drive. Cloud services like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive are convenient, secure and can be accessed anywhere at any time, provided you have internet, so you can even backup your photos on the go. If you keep them on your laptop or computer and something happens to the device, you have lost your photos and all your beautiful memories forever. Trust me on this – always create a back-up for your travel photos.