A picture is worth a thousand words, so make yours count while on holiday.

Photos have always been the best souvenirs we can take away from our holidays and with the advancement of social media they are more prominent than ever. Here are some tips and ticks to make your holiday photos shine.

People pictures

Including people in your shot adds tremendous interest. Encourage family members to be the focal point of landscape images, providing context and great memories. Capture the faces of those who live in the places you visit to add human interest to monuments, scenes or cityscapes.

Capture colour

Markets, festivals and parades often provide an array of colourful subjects and unique experiences that will help tell the story of your family adventure. At the market, for example, be on the lookout for brightly coloured vegetables, fruits, meat or fish unlike those in your local grocery store. Stoke your children’s natural curiosity by asking the vendor to explain the origin of items.

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Include people in your photos

Give animal photos a shot

Whether at the zoo, in the countryside, on safari or within a national park, snapping photos of critters can be an enriching experience. Will you get the shot when the lion roars, the giraffe reaches upward or the monkey swings from the branch? But remember that animals in the wild are just that: wild. Keep a proper distance.

Get in on the action

It’s fun to capture the movement and the exhilaration of the adventure – whether it’s wild rides at the theme park, bike or running races or rafts in the rapids.You don’t need a fancy camera to create fun shots that tell the story. Try clicking the shuter while moving your body at the same pace as the action you want to record. Compare notes and consider experimentation part of the family experience.

Use your camera to take notes

Snap a photo of your parking space, your hotel address and room number, restaurants that make your favourite list and the designated family meeting spot.When you are visiting a new environment or feel like you’re dragging after a full day of travelling, it can be difficult to remember life’s more mundane details.