Summer holidays usually leave us with memories of warmth, light and colour, so that’s what you need to capture in your images. Landscapes that are entirely green in the foreground with a blue sky above might look attractive while you are there, but rarely work as photographs. So which colours are effective? Here is a photographer’s guide.
Red is a warm, dominant colour - even a small splash of red in a picture will attract attention. This might be a red door in a building, or a red flower in a field.
Blue is cool and soothing – it often appears to recede into a picture. Green, the colour of nature, is also a relaxing colour. Really bright blues and greens can work on their own, but paler hues are best complemented with reds or yellows.
Yellow is a bright and bold colour - pure yellow is not often seen in nature – the colour often veers towards orange or green.
Brown is the colour of earth and of woody plants - it is a very good canvas for other colours, but rarely gives an appealing picture when used as the main tone.
Always make sure that you take spare batteries (or your battery charger) and a spare memory card so you can keep on shooting.
It is all too easy to forget where photos were taken; this is easily overcome with the Sound Memo feature on many PowerShot and IXUS models. But wherever you are heading this summer, remember to take your Canon and capture some great images.