If family short breaks (UK based) are on the horizon for you in the coming months and you fancy exploring what East Anglia has on offer this spring or summer, then you’ll no doubt want to enjoy time discovering and wandering on foot. Quite possibly with a camera too?

Let’s presume that you are keen to capture your time away with your camera. If you’re new to this then the basics, such as demonstrating how to hold the camera still and straight/level, as well as not pressing the shutter too hard are the kind of simple tips that can make all the difference. So if you are looking for a little more advice on how to get the best pictures you can while you’re away, then why not let these handy tips help you on your way?

The element of surprise

If the children are playing or running around in one of the local parks/nature areas, then why not whip out the camera and catch them in action? If they’re tossing leaves or inquisitively looking in a glassy-still lake or babbling stream, then take the opportunity to take a photo. Impulsive, natural photos are more often than not the best ones.

Wonderful wildlife

If you are out and about and you spot some of the local wildlife, then the last thing you want to do is startle them and miss out on a photo opportunity. Remind your little ones of how important it is to be as quiet as possible. It’s also imperative to be patient, or you’ll see a great chance to capture a perfect photo opportunity pass you by.

Think about focus

If you want to seize images of the more intricate things in life, a caterpillar on a child’s hand for example, then by getting close and zooming in will allow you to get a better result. Take the time to find the optimal point in terms of the zoom, and you’ll be more likely to get a better outcome.

Find different angles

Look up to see the patterns leaves make against the sky; look down and snap the trees reflected in a pool or the dappled patterns on the ground made by sunlight filtering through the leaves.

Contrasting colour

If you’re out in the woods, then you’ll soon see that it’s not all about the greens and browns of leaves and trees. Find something that is bursting with some bright colour to add interest to pictures. The list is endless but to give you an idea, you could find a flower coming into bloom or some bright berries (be careful you don’t eat them without checking first). Another idea could be to make a rainbow of colours and take a picture of something that is a different colour as and when you find it.