Do you remember way back when summer holidays were a simple affair? Turn up to Gatwick four hours before the flight, join in with the world's dullest conga line a.k.a. the checking in queue, wear as many coats as humanly possible in order to not pay the baggage overweight fee. It all seems like a distant memory now but soon it will return I assure you!

There may have been pain and suffering but there was a light at the end of the tunnel: hours and a few packets of roasted peanuts later and you were in a different world. New, fresh and exciting with endless amounts of people to watch go about their day. Bliss! Oh and the views! Far different to the flat fens of Cambridgeshire, every two minutes of driving the same area could look completely different. 

When it comes to summer holidays my mind typically wanders to the region of Tuscany, Italy. The cities and people were just as colourful as the patchwork landscapes. Everywhere we went was a photographers playground. You could experiment with composition, colours, light and timing. 

The summer holidays offer an escape from your everyday norm to something completely different and this can be one of the best opportunities to test and refine new skills as well as using your known well practised skills in a new setting and seeing things from a different perspective. 

So maybe not Tuscany this year but the Lake District, Scottish Highlands, in fact just about anywhere in the UK offers lovely landscapes, urbanscapes, seascapes galore.

Patchwork of Tuscan Fields


Tips and tricks for travel photography

1) Keep you and your camera safe.

If you are unaware of your environment and snapping away blissfully you could quite easily stick out as a tourist and be targeted by thieves. Always look up every so often to check you are not been snuck up on. Keep your camera close and/or equipment in a secure bag that is difficult for slim hands to dip into. 

When you get the chance to travel through airports keep treasured equipment in your hand luggage. All luggage that goes into the plane's hold is able to be opened behind closed doors and searched by some less than professional baggage handlers (silly daughter who thought her baggage was a great place to store her holiday money had an unfortunate experience...).

2) When deciding on a subject to photograph try moving in all different directions of it to find new perspective and composition opportunities. 

3) Find out the sunrise & sunset times - get to a location at least 1 hour before - definitely the best times to shoot landscapes.                      

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