I really started to get into photography after I caught the travel bug. I just love to capture the moments on my journeys, that I am banking on helping me remember my trips forever. I eventually upgraded from a basic digital camera to a Canon Rebel T3i, but never really learned how to use it properly. I always left the settings on the standard options, such as portrait or landscape. As my passion for photography has grown more and more, I have wanted to learn the proper way to use my camera, but never seemed to have a good opportunity. Quite honestly, it was a waste having a camera with all the possible bells and whistles I could ever want and not knowing how to use it.
On my visit to Santorini, I was looking up tours to do, when I came across a photography tour with Shotz. What better landscape to learn how to use my camera than on a beautiful Greek Island! My guide for the day Olaf, picked me up from my hotel and we instantly started chatting about my camera knowledge and our shared passion for photography. We chatted while he taught me a few of his photography tips and showed me how to use different settings on my camera. Then, he had me take some photos, so he could see what my personal picture taking style was.
As we went around Santorini practicing, I learned how to use the histogram on my camera, which I had no idea what it was or that I had the setting before he showed me! The histogram tells you the pixels exposed in your image, so you can adjust the tone for a better quality photo. He then showed me picture-taking techniques such as how to use different angles, taking more than one of the same photo in multiple angles and the importance of zoom. We spent time taking various photos and checking the histogram periodically, so that I could learn how to adjust the setting properly, to get the best photo.
Once sunset was approaching, we went to great spots that he knew of around Oia. He showed me some unique angles and taught me to think out of the box when photographing.
There are two things I always had a hard time with, photographing people during sunset and night photos. During these times, the person always becomes too dark to see or they are out of focus. It was a lot simpler to adjust than I thought!
Everything I had questions about, including the smallest thing such as the best kind of memory card to use, he answered. I was actually surprised to learn that you should never delete photos from your memory card, as it damages the card. That makes a lot of sense, because I recently had a huge problem with one of my oldest cards that I have been using. Better to find out late than never! Now, with all my new tips and skills, I am even more excited to take photos on my trip!
**Thank you Shotz Photography Tours for hosting me. As always, my opinions are my own.
**To respect the knowledge taught by the company during the tour, I chose not to release the detailed tips/information that was shown to me that day. Book a wonderful tour for more detailed information 🙂