SNAP, edit and share
The choice is endless - whether it’s on your phone, compact digital, DSLR or even your iPad, it has never been easier to capture moments abroad. However, are we at risk of becoming bored with seeing people’s holiday or school trip photos? Whether it is the selfie, footsie or generic smiling portrait in front of an iconic monument (queue the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa etc etc.) being uploaded straight onto Facebook, Instagram and the like – how do you make your school trip photos stand out from the crowd?
There came a point where I was obsessed with taking jumping group photos. At any opportunity I would gather up my friends and shout instructions at them as to when to jump whilst I clicked frantically at the shutter to capture them in mid-air. What I love about them is the unexpected faces that everybody pulls the unforeseen hand gestures and the differences in everybody’s rate of reaction to “JUMP”.
Most if not all camera devices nowadays have a burst mode function. This allows you to simultaneously take several photos within milliseconds of each other at a click of one button. This means that ANYBODY can take the picture of the students and teachers jumping.
Change your perspective
It’s always great fun playing around with perspective to create a unique shot. You don’t need a fancy DSLR camera or super zoom lens to do it either – you just need some imagination! If you are on a school trip abroad, even better! You then have around 20 heads to put together to come up with some exciting ideas.
Experiment by positioning people in front of iconic monuments or objects at varying distances from the camera. Bring in props whether it is a school mascot or a city guide for hours of fun for those on educational school trips. It also tends to keep students away from the pricey souvenir shops in the meantime.
Post Trip Editing
Nowadays, you have all these editing features from sepia to negative effects all built into your camera device. Don’t bother editing from your camera as this either overrides the original shot or saves as a separate picture, taking up precious space on your memory card. Prolong the enjoyment of your school trip abroad and edit your photos from a bigger and clearer screen at home.
This is a great opportunity to encourage students broaden their skills set to use photo editing programmes such as Photoshop thus learning outside of the classroom. If you don’t want to go so in-depth, try out Photoscape which is incredibly user friendly and more importantly it is FREE! The GIF feature is currently my personal favourite allowing me to create an endless number of animated captioned images to share with friends.
We’ve all experienced it – the post-holiday blues where the trip seems like a distant memory. A great way to avoid this is to share your photos! Organise a post trip meeting to collect and share photos, reminisce on trip memories and put together a presentation, photo slide show or even a trip video! Seeing photos captured and edited directly from the students is a guaranteed winner in securing interest for future educational school trips abroad. Photography doesn’t have to be all generic and to the book – it is a creative art and through the eye of a camera lens, the world is a much bigger oyster than you think.
Byline: Souwoon writes for Travelbound who specialises in school trips (for International schools)