Hi. I’m Tim, Erica’s husband and the official family photographer.
I love photography and look forward to sharing expert advice and top tips for taking those perfect shots when travelling as a family.
When we travel, one of us will always have a device with a camera on it. Yes, I’m still lugging my big DSLR, a variety of lenses and tripod. But now Erica has her phone and Zoe will snap some pics with my iPad, meaning that everyone’s getting involved in capturing those special moments.
The result is that our travel photo albums are a lovely amalgamation of everyone’s photos taken with a range of devices, providing new perspectives on a trip. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad photograph, taking photos is about capturing a moment.
Here are my top tips for taking great photographs on your travels:
- Practice, practice, practice: Keep shooting and trying new things. Practice makes perfect.
- Small but perfectly formed: The best camera for the scene is the camera you have handy. So don’t waste your money buying a big bulky heavy camera if you’re not going to have room in the rucksack on your dayhike, just pack your iPhone; learn how to use the features and edit your photographs.
- Up close and personal: “If you photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” said a famous photographer once and it’s a mantra that I continue to repeat. It’s often the little things, the small details, that are most important and the most memorable. So get in there with your camera and take a closeup – the reflection in your kids sunglasses; a small section of a fine carving; or a really tight shot of the amazing structure of a palm frond. Whatever it is, just get closer!
- Get your family in the shot: I’m not talking about staged, family portraits in front of the Eiffel Tower, no no! I’m talking about capturing your family unawares going about their holiday the way they do, enjoying themselves, playing, discovering something fascinating. Think of yourself as a reportage photographer on assignment to capture the candid adventures of your family!
- All about the light: There’s loads of technical advice out there, so I’m not going to repeat it. But one solid piece of advice is to make the most of the beautiful natural light that occurs in the early morning and the late afternoon. It’s soft and flattering for everyone’s skin, colours are richer and the light is less hazy.
- Ditch it: Remember to leave the camera in the hotel room occasionally. Yeah, that sounds weird advice from a photographer but sometimes (often?), cameras just get in the way of family life. It might seem difficult to disconnect from all devices but you’ll definitely be rewarded. Focus on the important stuff today – your kids and the adventure!
What I’m shooting with
- Canon EOS 5D Mk 2
- Canon 50mm f1.2 L
- Canon 17-40 f4 L
- Canon 70-200 f4 L
- DJI Mavic Pro drone
- Apple iPhone 6