Opportunities for creating and sharing great photos

There are so many exciting opportunities over the year, so we’ve created a guide to the most popular special moments. They’re perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Holidays

Holidays
Beach, © Jesper Poulsen, Canon EOS 6D

Whether you like an escape to the sun with the family or a trek through mountains with friends, holidays are great times to really use your camera to create some fantastic images. Photograph something beautiful to frame for the wall at home. Or shoot memories of your road trip to look back on in years to come.

Weddings

Weddings
Married, © Luciano Marini, Canon EOS 350D

Shooting the official pictures at a wedding is a challenge not to be entered into lightly, however there are lots of other reasons to take your camera along. As a guest and friend of the happy couple, you’ll be able to capture a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the day. Weddings are also one of the few times when all family members come together to celebrate together. When better to shoot some portraits and group shots to share with your loved ones?

Milestone moments

Birthdays are always a time for celebration – whether they are a 1st or a 100th. Wedding anniversaries, homecomings or house-warming parties are also great to record for posterity.

Family outings

Zoos, safari parks, falconry displays and aquariums all make great days out for the family. Little advanced planning is required, but lots of fun can be had by everyone.

Meeting your friends

Meeting your friends
A summer day at the lake
, © Florian Grimmer, Canon EOS 650D

Have you made a new year’s resolution to see your friends more often? Don’t forget to take your camera with you when you go on a night out together. Or why not start a portrait project, photographing each of your friends in turn in their favourite location?

The great outdoors

The great outdoors
Crete Senesi, © Reinhold Samonigg, Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Now overseas travel is so simple it’s easy to forget just how good the countryside is at home. But to miss out on your local landscape is to miss out on some superb days out with your camera. Better still, if you can regularly revisit a location at different times of the year you’ll see just how much the landscape changes with the seasons.

Brush up on your skills

For most of us, the only time we ever read the instruction manual is when we’ve just bought something. But going back to a user manual after spending some time with your camera or printer is a very valuable exercise. You’ll be more familiar with it and in a better position to grasp many of its features.

There are also lots of tutorials on the Canon website that show what you can do with your camera or printer creatively. With their help, whether you’re shooting a picture or printing one, the outcome will be even better.

    What's next?

    There are more ways to use your photos than ever: as pictures around your home, on gifts for friends, or even in greetings cards and calendars.

    Outdoors
    Apport, © Rene Skafte, Canon EOS 5D Mark III

    • When framing pictures for the wall, consider the size of the frame you’ll use and the mount surrounding the image. Print in the best quality you can; make the most of those megapixels by printing in A4 or A3 size.
    • Explore Creative Park to find some fun and engaging ways to use your images. To find out more click here.
    • Did you know you can print straight from Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox? Click here to find out more.
    • An impressive way of displaying your beautiful images is by creating a photobook – compile a collection of pictures from a special time and make your own coffee table art book. You could tell the story of a special holiday, or even a whole year.