From hiding a bikini belly to capturing that tricky jump shot, let these professional photographers school you on how to take good vacation photos.
Packed on some pounds before summer? Not to worry. Professional photographer Mark Dimalanta suggests these body-trimming photo tips:
• Prevent the subject from bending forward or folding into herself. Instead, have her extend and elongate.
• To visually lengthen her legs, shoot from a distance that flatters her body type.
THE GOLDEN HOUR. Good photo opportunities arise 30 minutes before or after sunrise or sunset. During this time, the water usually looks calmer and the sky produces captivating colors.
• For awesome action shots, pan your camera along with the moving subject and use a slow shutter speed. The skaters in this image stayed sharp while the background blurred, creating a sense of speed.
• Snap the photo when your subject’s facial expression is at its most extreme.
WHEN TO CLICK. Knowing the sport helps you predict what the subject will do.
• To take wicked surfing photos, get into the water (obviously), and swim straight to where the surfer takes off. Do not get in the surfer’s way.
• Click the shutter when the surfer is at his highest position.
ALL OR NOTHING. To avoid water droplets appearing on your photos, your lens has to be totally dry or completely wet.
Photographer: Mark Dimalanta
A former physician, Mark Dimalanta is now an avid extreme sports supporter and photojournalist. He is the editor-in-chief of Alon Philippines, the country’s first digital surf guide, and spends his days shooting the board sport lifestyle. When the waves go flat, find him on the pitch shooting for the Philippine National Soccer Team, Azkals. www.markdimalanta.com
• For a perfect jump shot, crouch low so your subject’s jumps look high.
• If your background is cluttered, crouch lower and aim for the clear blue sky.
• When counting off for your subjects to jump, count clearly so they jump at the same time.
KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS. Don’t let an aging person or an unsupervised toddler do a jump shot. That’s just mean.
Photographer: Jojie Alcantara
Jojie Alcantara is a Davao-based photojournalist who loves traveling and discovering offbeat destinations. She writes for various newspapers and travel magazines, endorses products for television and prints, gives photography workshops, and hosts special events on TV. www.pbase.com/jojie_alcantara