Documenting Your Children’s First Holiday

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Kids grow up so quickly that parents often wonder where the time went. It is for this reason that many mums and dads are so keen to capture as many special holiday moments from their children’s early years as they possibly can.

Modern digital cameras have made it easy for anybody to take hundreds of pictures every day: the only practical limit to the number of pictures you can keep is the amount of digital photo storage space you are willing to pay for. However, the ability to take thousands of pictures does not, unfortunately, translate into the ability to take good photographs that you will want to keep for the rest of your life. This is an ability that has to be learned over time.

 

Taking Pictures Both You and Your Children Will Treasure Forever

While there are no shortcuts that will turn you into an expert photographer overnight, there are some pointers I can give you that should help you to develop your skills in this area more rapidly than would otherwise be the case.

 

  • Get Down to Their Level – One of the most basic mistakes those who are new to photographing children make is to take all their shots from a standing position. The resulting pictures are all very similar: children looking up in bemusement at the adult with the big camera. While a couple of shots like this may be appealing, a whole album full will not. You need to get down to the level of your children if you want to take good shots. Kneel, crouch, sit on the floor: do whatever it takes to achieve the perfect level before you start taking pictures.

 

  • Use Props – When I say use props, I don’t necessarily mean give your children a pirate’s eye patch or a wizard’s wand, although there is nothing wrong with doing so if it tickles your fancy and theirs. What I mean is, find anything that will amuse them and make them laugh. The props you use do not have to feature in the photos that you take: they are just devices for coaxing your child into showing that gorgeous smile you know and love so much.

 

  • Choose Your Locations Carefully – For casual shots that you plan to send to friends or post on Facebook, it does not really matter if they are taken against a background of dirty laundry in the utility room. However, if you are trying to take portrait photographs that you can have printed and display on your mantelpiece, you should give a little more thought to the locations you use when photographing your child.

 

Unfortunately, that’s all the advice I have room for right now but I will continue this series in the near future so please check back soon for more tips.

As a professional travel photographer with years of experience, I know how frustrating it can be when you first start out but you will improve with every shot you take so keep practising!

Cheap Travel Destinations

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There are a lot of reasons why people travel. Whether you’re traveling alone or with family or friends, you need to note some Cities who offers lesser accommodations, foods and transportation. Try adding these Cities on next trip.

Tunisia

If you have visited Tunisia before, it will get you back this time around, low costs of everything lures travelers to come back, but for an advise, during the terrorist attack last March, tourists are prohibited to even get near the ever Bardo museum and the Parliament building situated in Tunis. Before going, ask your locality of the restricted places to visit so you won’t ruin your itinerary.

South Africa

South Africa is popular nowadays as one of the cheapest place of destination, one seen reason is currency fluctuation.  You can again enjoy wild life watching  inexpensive, bargain public transport and FREE entry to most of the country’s museum.

ShanghaiImage result for Shanghai imagesThis is the most famous coastal City in China. Can you imagine a dorm with almost $10.00 and it doesn’t change unless you want to stay in one of the internationally popular hotels and use trendy botique. I consider local accommodation to get the real feel of the place (if it makes sense with you). Same story with going out for meals, unless you want internationally popular restos, you won’t be able to appreciate the local restaurants who offers the same dish (actually noodle recipes) with less costs.

Samoa

Yes, that tropical paradise so described. Low transportation costs, low beach hut accommodation managed by local families and add the virgin beaches around.

Bali

Besides the beautiful place, tourists are attracted to reasonable cost of foods and transportation as well. I will go back to Bali for the refreshing popular Balinese spa.

Uruguay

Into South America. I enjoy their sizzling steaks and the beaches too. I can tell you, there’s no need to wait for off-peak season here, everything stays steady. Peak season doesn’t change the prices of accommodations and foods.

There are a lot more places that are said to be cheap because of it’s own reasons. We will get you more on next articles.

We’re Going to Magaluf!

magalufIt’s that time of year again, when the days are getting colder, the nights are getting shorter, and people’s thoughts are turning to their next summer holiday. As a longstanding member of a group of party animals, I’ll be heading to Magaluf again this year.

Having done the rounds of Malia, Ayia Napa and all the other usual suspects in the past, my particular group still likes to return to the motherlode every now and then, to make sure that everything is still as it should be.

 

Magaluf Events Are Simply the Best

The main reason we head back to Mallorca’s premier party destination on a regular basis is due to the fact that there is just so much to see and do in this fantastic resort, and most of the entertainment is laid on for you. All you need to do is to turn up and be ready to have a good time.

Out of all the events that are held in the resort, the following three are among our favourites.

 

1All-Day Booze Cruises – Spending the day on a boat getting wasted may not be everybody’s idea of fun but we have never failed to have a good time on the booze cruises we have been a part of. Ticket prices include as much alcohol as you can consume: something which always seems to help create an atmosphere of friendly mayhem that we just love.

2Beach Parties at Full Moon – If you don’t fancy taking to the sea, you can do the next best thing and go to a full moon party right by it, on the beach. Although the monthly parties are now very much a part of the folklore of Magaluf events, full moon parties actually originated in Thailand, where they are still held, on the island of Ko Pha Ngan.

3Clubbing Nights – A holiday in Magaluf would not be complete without a few visits to the massive clubs that dominate the nightlife scene there. If you are feeling a bit nervous about the prospect of going to one of these behemoths, a guided crawl of the local bars beforehand and special tickets to the club in question are sure to help ease your worries.

 

There are many other events from which to choose when staying in this part of Mallorca but the above three are always at the top of our to do list.