Maldives pictures make for impressive photos – even the amateur photographer with the most basic camera can end up with jaw-dropping images. The scenery is just too beautiful to look average in every photo… It is perhaps the best place to capture people enjoying themselves and relaxing.
Even though everyone can get a few good shots, there are a few tips that will enhance more of your Maldives photos closer to those National Geographic style photos:
Take lots of photos: Different angles, different poses, the more you take the more likely you are to get a great shot. If your camera can take successive photos quickly, then all the better. Some picture-perfect moments last only for seconds like random dolphin sightings and you don't want to miss them! On the other hand if you are constantly taking photos you're not seeing the scenes with your own eyes. Don't forget to take time to just enjoy the moments and take Maldives pictures with your eyes and not just the camera….
Use Natural Light: Always go for Maldives pictures during early morning or late afternoon. The seawater is highly reflective during the daytime and you might not be able to capture the colours with too much light. This is same even when you shoot scenery or people on the beach.
Light seeping through palm trees or other unique reflections can make for a one-of-a-kind shot, or if you can find an interesting angle you'll end up with something special. Sunsets are something special as well, get your camera out at dusk for some colourful sun scenes.
Protecting the Camera: Getting the perfect Maldives photos to cherish forever is an easy thing but taking care of your camera while on the beach is not that easy. The biggest enemies of your cameras are water and sand. Sand can scratch the lens and can even grind moving parts inside the camera. Even for waterproof cameras sand and water can seep in if they are not handled properly.
Salt water is especially problematic for digital cameras. You should protect your equipment and keep it inside a zipper-seal plastic bag when not in use. Bring lots of Ziploc and larger plastic bags with you for the camera and other items while you're travelling by boat. In case you splash water on your camera, immediately dab it and leave it in a dry, warm place to evaporate any moisture.
Sun creams and other products can smudge lenses so be careful not to wipe lenses with freshly coated hands or greasy towels. Your best bet is probably to bring a special cloth to wipe the lens that is kept in the waterproof bag.
Underwater Camera: Essential in the Maldives is an underwater camera to take photos of coral reefs and the many sea creatures and fish species. If you don't have one, grab a disposable one just for the trip. Underwater life is so abundant in the Maldives that you may be disappointed to miss these great underwater photo opportunities.
For underwater photography note that, the lower the angle between the water surface and the sun's rays the more light is reflected. For great underwater Maldives pictures at midday always keep a distance of 1 to 1.5 meter from the object. Keep a distance also when taking photos of your friends or partner underwater to capture them with the surrounding underwater marvels.
Panorama: Some cameras have the capacity to take panoramic photos and Maldives pictures are ideal for panoramic scenes. Surrounded by so much beauty a single photo is sometimes just not enough to capture it all. Play with your cameras settings and see what you can do.
If you don't have a setting you also make your own panoramic photo by holding the camera at the same height, angle and distance from the scene and taking consecutive photos, turning bit by bit for each photo. You can later edit the photos into one amazing scene with a photo editing program.
Know your camera: The more familiar you are and quick you are with manoeuvring the different settings the less likely you'll miss a great shot. If you buy a new camera just before the trip be sure to test it out lots before you go so you get the hang of using it. An Important Tip: Check and wipe the lens regularly. You don't want to get home and find that a series of great photos is ruined by a blurry water spot that could have easily been wiped off!
Getting More Technical
Fill Flash: Very often you will find the people you photograph on beach have shadows on their face from the waters reflection, depending on the angle you're shooting from, which can be reduced with the help of a flash.
Spot Metering: Spot metering enables you to tell the camera, which part of an image you want to be well exposed. This helps you reduce exposing problems. Spot metering also helps you photograph shady areas as well.
Polarizing Filters: Polarizing filters increase contrasts and reduce reflections. These filters can bring a variety of effects to water and can make the sky appear almost dark blue.
UV Filters: UV filters are good for beach photos to filter out the ultraviolet light, cut back atmospheric haze and protect your lens.
Black and White and other Effects: You can do some post photo production works and make your Maldives photos black and white or add special effects. You can do pretty much anything from giving them a different mood to making them into postcards or collages. Free online services like Picnik.com are easy to use and can transform even a mediocre photo into a Maldives picture to impress.
To Sum Up
While it's easy to get great random Maldives pictures, a little bit of care and proper use of camera equipment will help you avoid silly mistakes and will enhance your photos. Remember to put down the camera and enjoy the sights with your own eyes as well, but your photos will be great mementos to share with friends and family. They'll definitely be jealous!