Our Top Tips For Your Holiday Pics!

  • By Michael Harrison
  • 20 Jul, 2011

Okay, so you have your holiday booked… Hurray!!!

Your well on your way with organising your money, toiletries and packing.  Don’t forget your camera so you can get some great images to remember your trip by.

We know your not David Bailey and you may not have access to state of the art equipment, but at MC Photo, we also know this doesn’t mean you cant capture your magic memories with your handy compact!

Read on if you want to learn how to make the most   of any photo opportunity!

Top Tip No.1 - Always Fill The Frame

Use interesting backgrounds, position your subject facing into the centre of your picture (& use flash, see top tip no 4)

Top Tip No.2 - Level Out Your Landscapes

Get your horizon level

Top Tip No.3 – Use your ‘macro mode’  or   MACRO

Top Tip No.4 - Use flash

…To fill in to foreground

You want to see the foreground of your image as well as the background! Use your flash to fill in foreground to even out exposures behind on your subject matter.

Top Tip No.5 - Be aware of your focusing point

Be in control even when using Autofocus & ensure you are focusing on your subject not the background, Autofocus adjusts the lens so that the central part of the image in the viewing screen is sharp. These symbols indicate the points that the camera will focus on in the camera menus:     or   etc.

Point your camera on the subject you want to be sharp, half press the shutter release button to focus, once focused. keep your finger on the half pressed button and reposition in your frame to the  centre or the side of the picture.  When your camera is focused most will beep or indicate this with a rectangle on the LCD Screen on the back.

Below you can see a classic example where the focus is wrongly on the background.

Be aware of what you are focused on when using autofocus

Top Tip No.6 - Camera Shake, don't ruin a great shot

Night mode setting can sometimes help and also using a mini tripod or a sturdy surface such as a wall or building.  Be patient and take your time with each shot, although we are aware that after a few vino’s a steady hand may not be available

Top Tip No.7 - Learn how to use exposure

Exposure means the brightness of your picture!

When using the automatic setting on your camera, it will generate the auto exposure from the centre of the shot, if this pointed at something bright such as sky, sea and sand, this will expose for the brightest part of the picture, making everything else dark (under exposed).  To overcome this you need to perform a similar method to tip 5 (focusing) and half press the button while pointing the centre of the camera to the point that is between the brightest and darkest areas in your picture (mid tone), keep the button pressed and reframe, take your picture.

Many modern compacts now have a variety of settings – ‘P’ (Programme) AUTO or ‘M’ (Manual), opt for manual and get the best out of your images.

Top Tip No.8 - Learn how to use lens flare to your advantage

Frame your shot using flare

Top Tip No.9 - Photographing through glass

Turn your flash off     & learn to minimise reflections by changing the angle of your camera to the glass and avoid being close to strong surrounding light that could cause reflection.
Be careful of reflection & using flash

Top Tip No.10 - Crop landscapes into panoramic format

Use framing effectively and cut out anything that is of no interest, most compacts usually have a panoramic setting saving you time later on the computer.
Use Panoramic mode to cut out any unwanted parts of your picture

Thanks for reading our top tips, we hope you have a great summer break, feel free to send us your pics or ask us for more tips on your photos!

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You should have by now received you Christmas card from us for 2017! Following with our theme of previous years, we have Lego Mark and Max on our cards again, in a snowy scene with that famous star overhead.

As the most wonderful time of year is in full swing, we would like to thank all of our new and existing clients for the projects they have allowed us  to work on this year.

We wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018! 

Mark & Max 
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Yet again we’ve reached the drab and dreary month of January, and we’re all still a little hungover from the rich foods of Christmas, and richer drinks of New Year’s Eve.

That been said, we’re now well into January, with 2016 not to far in the distant memory.

We had a great 2016 here at MC Photography (so much we didn’t even have the times to write these blogs!)

It has been a pleasure to continue to work with our long standing clients, Smiffys, Record Power & Irwin to mention a few. And equally as such, a delight to be part of new projects with companies like Duro, Evoluted, Quicktrack and IC Innovations.

To thank everyone we have worked with over the past 12 months would take much longer than this short blog would allow, so below weve put together a grouping of some our favourite shots, from some of our favourite shoots.

* Unfortunately due to liscening, we cant post recent Smiffy’s shots, but theres an old one in there to fill the gap regardless.

Again, to mention all the wonderful people we worked with in 2016 would not be the most fun to read, but we would like to extend all of our thanks to our delightful, returning and new clients. We cant wait to work with you all again in 2017.

Happy New Year everyone, we wish you all a prosperous 2017!

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After the dinner, guests were treated to guest speakers such as,  Alan Foster from McLaren automotive, Trevor Williams of Lloyds Bank, and The Right Honourable Doctor Vince Cable MP.
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