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You are going to read seven tips on taking pictures. Choose the most suitable heading from the list A – I for each tip 1 ·7. There is one extra heading which you do not need to use. There is an example at the beginning (0).

A   Tact and sensitivity  
B   Get some support  
C   Dressing down   
D   The guillotine effect  
E   Stock up  
F   Bridge those barriers  
G   Don’t be caught out  
H   Travel light   
 I    Enrich those colours  

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 PICTURE PERFECT

Whether you are going to Melbourne, Madras, Mali or Mauritius, travelling puts a wealth of photo opportunities within your reach. Here are 7 ways to help you achieve those stunning images to take back home.

0:   F

Learn some simple phrases in the language of the country you are visiting as this will particularly help you, when you want to take photographs of people. Berlitz and Lonely Planet publish good phrase books on most destinations.

1: ______ 

Before leaving home, disguise expensive looking camera bags and equipment; it doesn’t pay to advertise. Try hiding your camera bag inside a simple travel bag.

2: _______ 

First, decide whether you prefer negative or slide film. Buy your favourite film at home as it may be unavailable, badly stored or more expensive in the places you are travelling to. A medium range film like ISO 100 will cover most travel situations. Faster films like ISO 200 and 400 are useful for low light photographs.

3: ______ 

Pack a colour filter to deepen those lovely blue skies and give your travel pictures impact. An 81A warming filter is useful for enhancing natural light and warming up overcast days. Try filters over the lenses of compact cameras.

4: _____ 

A tripod is the key to pin sharp travel pictures. A cheap handy alternative is a handsized bean bag for the camera to rest on.

5: ______ 

Try not to be too extravagant with your equipment. You need to be able to keep your kit portable enough to carry around comfortably all day.

6: _______ 

When looking through the viewfinder of a compact camera you see the subject from a slightly higher angle and to one side compared to the lens. This can cause the heads and arms of your subjects to be chopped off when you move in too close. To avoid this, hold the camera a little higher and to the same side of the viewfinder.

7: ______

Instead of sneaking around taking pictures of people unexpectedly with a telephoto lens, which can cause offence, approach your subject with a smile and simply ask. Most people will gladly oblige. In some countries you may be asked for money in exchange for a photo. If this happens, either politely decline or agree on a price to avoid problems later. When you pay, it helps to have low denomination coins and notes.

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