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When it comes to taking envy-inducing photos, there’s no one more in the know than Olympus Visionary Lisa Michele Burns. The talented travel, landscape and underwater photographer shares a few simple tips that will elevate your holiday snaps to an entirely new level (pun intended!).  

Heights go hand-in-hand with travel. Whether you’re hiking up a mountain, treating yourself to a scenic flight or you’re at the top of the Empire State building, these situations often present the best opportunities to capture a panoramic shot of the city.

Do your research 

We all research our trips, so why not go the extra mile and find out the best places to photograph? It’s as simple as spending a few minutes on google maps and the pay-off is incredible. “I scout locations on satellite imagery before I go there,” shares Lisa. “I’m looking for those areas that will stand out in a photo.”  

Switch on image stabilisation  

When shooting on the move (e.g. from a plane window, helicopter or hot air balloon) make sure you turn on your camera’s image stabilisation. “Turn image stabilisation and let the camera work its magic,” advises Lisa. “The stabilisation will be evident as soon as you turn it on. The stabilisation on these cameras not only works for aerials but is great on the ground as it helps you shoot without a tripod, allowing you to shoot a lot handheld.” 

Think about textures 

When it comes to landscape photos, it’s important to consider what elements will make the photograph pop. “I focus on blending colour and natural patterns and textures,” says Lisa. 

You’ll be able to put your new aerial photography skills to practice as the winner of Olympus’ New York competition. Enter to win a Luxury Escapes holiday to New York, entries close 22 November 2019. 

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