Free yourself from the locking blues! The UK stay-at-home order was lifted on March 29, and on April 12, non-essential retail and hospitality reopened. So now is a great time to get out and start shooting again – but where are you going?
Sony Mobile and Lonely Planet have teamed up to release a series of photos revealing the UK’s 10 least-traveled destinations for 2021, so travelers can escape the banality of the lockdown and rekindle their sense of wonder and discovery. And you don’t even have to pack all of your camera gear; the images on this page were taken on the Sony Xperia 5 II, demonstrating just how much photo power can be packed in your pocket.
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Destinations include the pristine sandy shores of Holkham Beach and the subtropical gardens of Tresco Abbey, which are home to exotic plants and foliage from around the world.
Indeed, from old castles laden with legends to picturesque towns bursting with color, Britain is full of breathtaking destinations. So it’s no surprise that, as international travel continues to be under scrutiny, Lonely Planet has seen a significant increase in the number of people restercationing – as well as an increase in interest in travel. to off the beaten track destinations throughout 2020.
Too often, these lesser-known tourist sites are forgotten, with staycationers opting for the big cities to satisfy their travel urge. Only three in ten Britons say they try to find secluded places, rather than going for obvious tourist spots such as London and the Lake District.
Perhaps more shocking still, of those polled, 10% admitted to never traveling to the UK at all. With 2021 in full swing and travel restrictions lifted, this photo series is an inspiration to encourage Britons to explore their own shores – with photography you can easily recreate yourself.
Top 10 UK destinations under the radar
“London has always dominated tourism in the UK, and for good reason, but the whole country is full of historic sites and natural wonders,” said Tom Hall of Lonely Planet.
“The pandemic has caused us all to take a break and re-evaluate the way we travel, and I think now is the time to update this to-do list with some of those little-known places you might have overlooked. in the past.
So, according to Lonely Planet, there are the UK’s top 10 off-the-beaten-path destinations:
1) Craigievar Castle, Alford, Scotland
2) Portmeirion, Wales
3) Gardens of Tresco Abbey, Isles of Scilly
4) Oundle, Northamptonshire, England
5) Benmore Botanic Garden, Strath Eachaig, Scotland
6) Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from the quieter Rhyd Ddu path, Wales
7) Howtown & Martindale, Cumbria, England
8) Lincolnshire Wolds
9) Holkham Beach, Norfolk, England
10) Marshwood Vale, Dorset
5 phone photography tips for the Sony Xperia 5 II
Here are Scottish photographer Chris Houston’s top tips for budding travel photographers using the Sony Xperia 5 II…
1. Use the Photo Pro app to open up a whole range of additional settings to control the camera in a format very similar to Sony Alpha and RX cameras.
2. Shoot in RAW format to produce the highest quality landscape photos. While the JPEG images produced by the camera are of a high standard, RAW files offer much higher quality output to really capture detail when traveling. For even better quality, try the 4: 3 aspect ratio.
3. Use the different camera lenses and adjust your positioning to get unique photos. The phone has 16mm, 24mm and 70mm lenses. The 24mm, for example, has the largest sensor and is the most sensitive to light with its f / 1.7 aperture; When using this camera, move closer or further away from your subject to frame your shot in a unique way. Meanwhile, 16mm is a super wide focal length, making it ideal for confined spaces when you just can’t get everything in the frame.
4.Use program mode in Photo Pro app for additional control. This allows you to control the aspect ratio, light sensitivity (ISO), metering mode, white balance, and focus mode – so you can make the most of the weather conditions Mother Nature gives you.
5. Think outside the box when it comes to composing your shots. One of the advantages of using a phone for photos is its size and handling. Get down to the ground, hold your phone above your head, or place it somewhere you might not have otherwise been able to do with a standard DSLR or mirrorless camera to get a different perspective.
The Sony Xperia 5 II is priced at £ 799 without a SIM card. Customers can take advantage of the Switch-Up smartphone exchange service, giving them the option to trade in their unwanted phones and receive cash – or double this cash value in vouchers to be spent on a wide range of Sony products when purchasing an Xperia handset.
With a wide range of accepted handsets from all major mobile brands, consumers can trade in their unwanted devices for a higher return than other handset recycling programs on the market. For more information visit myswitchup.co.uk.
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