Holiday photography 101 with myFUJIFILM

Picture this: you're on your dream holiday, soaking in breathtaking panoramas and heart-stopping adventures. The vivid colours, the vibrant cultures, the friendships formed. 

It’s an experience you want to remember, revisit, and relive. Yet, your camera or phone’s photo gallery seems underwhelming, unable to capture the essence of your adventures. But fret not, with this comprehensive guide, you’ll be an expert at snapping display-worthy holiday photography in no time. 

Remember, you're the storyteller

Think of your holiday as a story. Your photographs are the chapters that give life to your tale.  Each image should have a purpose. Maybe it's a picture of a bustling market street, the lush countryside, or a serene beach at sunset. Each photo is a piece of your travel diary. So, turn your lens to the moments that make you smile, gasp, or feel connected.

Swap out 'I'll remember this' for 'I'll capture this'. Transform your way of reminiscing by filling your holiday photo book with snapshots of your journey. It’ll also help you prevent having a backlog of surplus, unnecessary images on your phone.

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Practical tips for travel photography

Every holiday is filled with unique experiences and breathtaking sights, so there’s no shortage of sources of photographic inspiration. This could include snaps of a white sandy beach, the vibrant hues of a mesmerising sunset, or a bustling market filled with colourful spices and local delicacies.

But whilst you’re navigating all of the wonderful sights on your holiday, you may be wondering how to juggle using your camera, and taking in the moment at the same time. To make your life easier, it’s essential to have some practical advice under your belt first.

Pack smart

When travelling, you want to keep your photography gear lightweight and versatile. Opt for a camera that suits your needs, whether it's our lightweight FUJIFILM X-S20, or our tougher, but nonetheless compact X-H2S for those action shots abroad. Don't forget extra batteries, memory cards, and one of our versatile lenses to capture a wide range of subjects.

Research your destination 

Before embarking on your holiday, research your destination to discover the best photo opportunities. Look for iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and local festivals that will add character and uniqueness to your photo collection. This way, you can organise a detailed, comprehensive plan to make sure that you don’t miss any key holiday photography spots while on your trip. 

Capture the essence

Rather than snapping random shots, focus on capturing the essence of your destination. Seek out the details that make a place special—the vibrant colours of local street art, the expressions on people's faces, or the architectural details that tell a story. 

Rather than take a general snap because you want to remember the location, choose to focus on a subject in particular to hone in on the details - this draws the eye of the viewer to a spot within your image, making the photo altogether more engaging. 

Play with light

Light is a photographer's best friend, and it can really make or break your shot. The good thing about holiday photography is that there’s usually a great deal of sun, or snow -if you’re on a ski trip in the mountains. Experiment with different lighting conditions to create stunning effects, and the golden hours of sunrise and sunset can offer soft, warm light to a magical touch to your photographs.

Compose with care

Pay attention to the composition of your shots, which can help balance out your photos and eliminate any excess in your image. Use the rule of thirds to create balanced and visually appealing images, try out different angles and perspectives to add depth and interest to your photographs. 

Sunsets on the horizon, beaches, or mountainscapes are particularly good subjects when it comes to practising the rule of thirds.

Include people

Don't forget to include the people you meet along your journey. There’s no better time than a holiday to capture the different cultures and social norms of other countries. Candid portraits and group shots with your loved ones and friends will bring life and authenticity to your holiday photo book.

Capture movement and action

Holiday photography isn't just about static subjects, so don't shy away from capturing movement and action to bring your photos to life. Experiment with different techniques such as panning, where you track a moving subject while using a slower shutter speed to create a sense of motion. 

Capture the exhilaration of water sports, the energy of street performers, or the grace of wildlife in action. These dynamic shots will infuse your holiday photo collection with energy and excitement.

Embrace minimalism

Sometimes, less is more. Embrace minimalism in your holiday photography by focusing on simple and uncluttered compositions. Look for clean lines, negative space, and subtle details that convey a sense of tranquillity and balance. Whether it's a lone figure against a vast landscape or a single object against a plain backdrop, minimalist compositions can create powerful and evocative images that allow the viewer to appreciate the beauty of simplicity.

Experiment with black and white

Whilst vibrant colours often dominate holiday photography, don't overlook the power of black and white imagery. Experiment with converting your photos to black and white to evoke a sense of timelessness, drama, or nostalgia. 

This monochromatic approach can enhance textures, highlight patterns, and draw attention to the emotions captured in your photographs. Play with contrast, shadows, and highlights to create captivating black and white compositions that tell a compelling story.


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How to display your holiday photos

It may be tempting to limit your holiday photography to posting your snaps on social media. But why not display them in a holiday photo book instead? Not only will you be able to look back on tangible memories, but it’ll also bring your photos to life in vibrant colour, showing off your expert photography skills. But when it comes to holiday photo book ideas, where should you begin?

Chronological journey

Arrange your holiday photos in chronological order, taking your readers through the progression of your trip. You could start with the anticipation and excitement of departure, the activities you took part in on your trip, the sightseeing that you did, and the highlights of each day - ending with the satisfaction of a memorable journey.

Themed delight

Organise your holiday photo book around a specific theme. It could be the stunning landscapes you encountered, the mouthwatering local cuisine you savoured, or the vibrant culture you immersed yourself in. If your trip was for a special occasion, such as a birthday, hen do, or anniversary - why not commemorate your holiday photo book with the celebration as a central part. By focusing on a theme, you can create a cohesive and visually captivating photo book.

Blend of photos and text

Add a personal touch to your photo book by including captions, anecdotes, and stories alongside your photographs - this is a great way to add sentimental value to your holiday photo book. Share the emotions and memories behind each image, allowing your readers to connect with your experiences on a deeper level.

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Build your own holiday book with myFUJIFILM

Now that you've gathered a wealth of beautiful holiday photographs, it's time to bring them to life with myFUJIFILM. Our user-friendly platform simplifies the process, ensuring that even beginners can create stunning holiday photo books with ease. 

1. Choose your format

Select the size and format that best suits your style and preferences. Whether you prefer a classic landscape layout or a more compact square design, myFUJIFILM offers a variety of options, such as our Mini Photo Books and our Square Photo Books to showcase your holiday memories.

2. Upload and arrange

Upload your selected photos to the myFUJIFILM platform and arrange them in your desired order. Experiment with different layouts and combinations to create a visually captivating narrative.

3. Add captions and text

Enhance your photo book with captions, quotes, or travel anecdotes. These snippets of text will complement your images and add depth to your storytelling.

4. Customise and personalise

Tailor your holiday photo book with personalised covers, backgrounds, and layouts. Add decorative elements or choose from our pre-designed templates to create a unique and visually stunning masterpiece.

5. Order and share with myFUJIFILM

Once you're satisfied with your creation, simply place your order, eagerly await the arrival of your beautifully printed holiday photo book - and we’ll handle the rest. Browse our photo book collection today.