It is common that people go out for holidays, but don’t really know how to use the latest DSLR camera they’ve recently purchased. Everyone wants to capture the best moments on their life, but not being able to use the camera to its full potential often lets the user down on many occasions.

More often than not, people end up clicking snaps with their mobile phones, which ultimately happen to be better than the camera they take. In such situations, it is better to know some basic tips that will enable you to click the best possible pictures during your last minute holidays.

• Understand the Aperture: Clicking snaps is all about exposing the film to sunlight and based on the intensity of light, photos are captured. So, setting the aperture to an appropriate value is imperative. If you increase the aperture in low light, you will get a decent photo. Also, a big aperture opening in bright sunlight will lead to over exposed photos. So, having an optimum aperture size is very important. DSLR cameras let you manage the aperture manually. If you are not sure, then you should set the auto mode to be active.

• Choosing the Right Direction: It is important to click photos in the right directions, else you may end up with dark photos in bright sunlight. The key is to ask the subject to face the sun. That way, you will always have the back to the sunlight and the subject will have all possible light, enabling you to get the best possible snap. Often, people overlook this criterion and end up with some dark photos, which can’t be enhanced even with photo editing tools like Adobe Photoshop. Thus, it’s essential to take care of the direction while shooting pictures.

• Avoid Too Much of Skies and Sea: Holidaymakers tend to focus too much on the sky or the sea when clicking a snap. Rather, there should be a balance between the two. An ideal photograph would be one which is captured with the sea, sky, and the land (the subject). This is not difficult to overcome this issue, and it can be achieved by setting up the appropriate zoom levels in your camera.

• Be Conscious When You Use Zoom: When zooming, one should stay still. Even a very small shake will get magnified in the snap. It is best to use a tripod stand to keep the camera still while clicking. Many cameras have a feature called anti-shock mode, which can be enabled to minimize the effect of shakes during photography. Even if this feature is not available on your SLR, you should try to keep your hands steady while taking the snaps.

The tips above are not comprehensive but are a very basic set that you must keep in mind, so as to get best results from your camera next time when you are on your last minute holidays. Additionally, carrying a camera cover and tri-pod can also be a good idea.

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