How to take amazing summer travel photos – by the experts


Rajveer splits her time between France and Italy, and her native Australia. She loves busy beach images, preferring the reality of “crowds and beach towels to get a playful shot”. Dutch photographer Claire, who has more than 300,000 Instagram followers, prefers still landscapes, including empty beaches. Both share tips on how to make the most of sun, sand, and sea.

Rajveer: My beach photographs aim to evoke the thrill of summer beside the seaside. To capture action keep looking around; ensure your camera is ready to shoot – and remember to ask permission before publishing photos that feature other people when possible.

Beach and town. Positano, Italy. Photograph: Rajveer Johal

 RJ: I love Positano! Frame your shot to capture vibrant colours. Whether it’s beach towels, umbrellas or the buildings/landscape, take advantage of the colours on offer. Take the photograph along the beach or back in towards the shore.

RJ: When searching for a backdrop look for something that gives a sense of where you are – and ensure the colours compliment your outfit!

Claire Droppert: Renaissance Beach, Aruba, is an Instagrammers’ favourite for its white sands and pink flamingos. On a bright, sunny day it can be difficult to get a good shot: try using polarised sunglasses by holding them in front of your lens, and turning them a bit. I had to wait patiently for this shot, allowing for the wave to roll in – it wasn’t a bad place to wait.

  • CD: Look for interesting features – it could be a boat on the water, a lighthouse, or a pier. Often, capturing a subject from a higher viewpoint maximises the opportunities presented by the wide open spaces of the beach and sky. I climbed a sand dune to get this shot at Rubjerg Knude, Denmark.

In the city

by Sezgi Olgac

Sezgi is a Turkish photographer based in Istanbul. She joined Instagram when it launched in 2010, has taken photos every day since and now has 158,000 followers. Three years ago Sezgi became a professional photographer, specialising in creating social media content. She says: “Cities are like my playground – and they are best in summer when days are longer, the sky is blue and the trees are in bloom.”

Sezgi Olgac: Be ready! A beautiful moment may be fleeting; always have your camera with you and double check your settings. Be patient. The more you shoot, the more likely you’ll get the best result. I took more than 20 shots of boys jumping off Galata Bridge, in the Karaköy area of Istanbul, and this was the best.

SO: Noon is a time most photographers avoid … but you can take advantage of it. Observe the light and focus on the shadows around you. Cities are not just concrete walls and grey skylines. Keep your eyes open for colourful walls, houses or shop fronts that might create excellent backdrops. Mexico City, where I took the shot above, is filled with bright pinks, yellows and blues.

  • SO: Adding foreground detail – such as flowers or trees – can help create a unique image. Get closer to the flowers or trees to frame your photo as I did in this shot on Kastellorizo in Greece, less than a mile from the Turkish coast.

On the road

by Jillian Mann and Kyla Trethewey

In 2013, best friends Jill and Kyla sold everything and set off on a road trip. They are still going, living out of their restored vintage trailer in the US, and beyond. Currently, they are melting in the Texas heat. Their blog and Instagram account, which has 133,000 followers, document their life “on the run”.

Jillian Mann: When you’re travelling, and already in motion, make sure to capture those moments. Think in terms of exciting and dynamic shots. Check, and also experiment with, shutter speeds: a faster speed will freeze the motion, slow the shutter to achieve motion blur. We took the above shot of our friend near Yosemite, California.

Kyla Trethewey: Interact with your environment. We love to place a subject within a scene, allowing us to share an immersive experience as well as illustrate the scale of where we have found ourselves. In this case, it was Monument Valley, Utah. A centred composition is an effective way to frame your subject but play around with it, see what has the most impact.

  • JM: It’s essential in travel photography to show where you are – and what you’re doing there. Pick a strong focal point or use natural lines to draw the eye to where you want it to go, like hills into a valley – seen above at Independence Pass in Colorado. Consider the foreground as well as the background, they can be equally important in landscape photography. Time of day is also relevant: locations look different depending on the hour, and the position of the sun.

At sunset

by Darin Tang

Darin is a Los Angeles-based photographer who enjoys shooting at the beach. His popular Instagram feed has 71,300 followers and perfectly captures balmy Californian evenings by the sea.

Basketball scene, California.Photograph: Darin Tang

  • Darin Tang: My favourite time of day to shoot shadows is right before the sun sets. Here, the players’ long shadows made a perfect path that leads the eye to the action and also meets the setting sun. If you include people in your photos, and are close up to them, ensure you ask for their permission.

Venice Beach, California.
Photograph: Darin Tang

 DT: Sunset doesn’t have to mean silhouettes against an orange backdrop. In this shot, the colours of the famous graffiti palm trees in Venice Beach compliment the colours created by the setting sun. Hang around for a while: you don’t want to watch the sky light up with colours while you’re driving from the beach.

Photograph: Darin Tang

 DT: This classic surfer shot was taken at Venice Beach. Lighting is the most important thing to consider when taking a reflection photo. Here, I positioned my camera down low, almost touching the water. This allowed me to capture the full reflection of the surfers.


BlackBerry taking action to fix ‘pop-out’ screen – namely more glue


BlackBerry Mobile reps have confirmed the manufacturing process for its KEYone flagship will be tweaked so the display doesn’t pop out so easily.

In June, the torture-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything found that the display popped out when the phone was being bent, with relatively little pressure.

“Most other screens, like Samsung’s, have so much adhesive behind them it takes a high-powered heat gun or an industrial hot plate to remove them,” noted YouTuber Zack Nelson. It was Nelson who found that the iPhone 7 display scratched more easily than it should, and that the “liquid cooling” boasted by Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL didn’t actually use any liquid (it used a conventional copper heat sink instead).

 BlackBerry KeyONE Android smartphone

BlackBerry Mobile – a new venture housed within TCL – responded that only a small handful of customers had been affected. The device had been widely praised for the robustness of its all-metal design, something your reporter can confirm, until the display separation issue arose.

However, TCL’s best brains have now stumped up for some glue.

“In a further effort to ensure all our BlackBerry Mobile customers and fans have an outstanding experience, we’re implementing additional measures that add even greater strength and adhesive to the BlackBerry KEYone display,” writes a rep at CrackBerry, which hosts the official user forums.

“These new measures are already being implemented on new KEYones and are beginning to hit our retailer and carrier inventories – and will continue to come in stock throughout the summer.”

Owners with problems will get a replacement while the unit is under warranty.

Read our 24-hour test here. We’ll post a long-term review in, um, the long term.


Samsung Gear 360 – A “Virtual Reality” Camera in the Palm of Your Hand


The 360-degree video capture market is relatively new, but many see the technology as a stepping stone for virtual reality (VR) content. A truly immersive VR experience requires cameras that are capable of capturing everything a person sees in front of them. And that is what the new Samsung Gear 360 is designed to do, the company says.

Samsung announced the Gear 360 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it is not the only company coming out with this type of camera in 2016. Kodak, Ricoh, Nikon, LG, Bublcam and Vuze are just some of the many you will be seeing in the market place.

The Samsung Gear 360 has a dual f/2.0 fisheye lens with 15 megapixel image sensors capable of capturing high-resolution (3840×1920) 360-degree video, as well as 30 megapixel still images. And if you just want to capture a 180-degree image, all you have to do is use only one of the cameras.

Th company claims to have designed the camera so anyone can use it out of the box. The Bright Lens 2.0 aperture ensures even low light conditions are properly lit and in focus.

The other specs for the camera include: a DRIMe5s image processor, 1GB of RAM, microSD card (Up to 128GB), .05-inch PMOLED display, accelerometer and gyro sensors, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz) and a removable 1350mAh battery.

The video the Samsung Gear 360 records is output in MP4 (H.265) and JPEG for stills, which makes it that much easier when you are transferring the content to another device or your YouTube channel. It is compatible with Samsung smartphones including, the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6. And if you want to use your PC, there is an app called Gear 360 Action Director.

So What are the Business Applications for the Samsung Gear 360?

samsung Gear 360

Since video has become the preferred way of consuming content, using the Samsung Gear 360 gives small businesses a way to showcase their services with more bang. Travel and tour operators, real estate agents, hotels, decorators and content producers are just some of the businesses that will be able use the camera.

When you add the VR component to the 360 content, it gives these businesses yet another way in which they can interact with their customers. Whether it is property tours or travel destinations, customers can see what they will experience before they even get there.

The Samsung Gear 360 is entering a segment that is getting more crowded by the minute, but name recognition and interoperability with its smartphones and Gear VR will give it a clear advantage over companies that are just making the cameras.

“Samsung continues to push the boundaries of the mobile experience to extend beyond the smartphone. Following last year’s Gear VR release, Gear 360 continues to push the limits on immersive content — providing a visual experience that makes capturing and sharing life’s moments even easier,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

The Samsung Gear 360 camera will be available in the second quarter 2016, but the price has yet to be announced.