If your last set of vacation photos put everyone to sleep when you tried to show them off, don’t worry. Follow these vacation photo tips and your friends and family won’t be able to get enough of your photos, no matter where your travels take you.
Do Your Homework: If you’ve never been there, research your destination before you leave home. Locate some interesting spots to take photos, whether on or off the beaten track. Also, make sure you know your camera inside and out before you go — watching the sun sink below the horizon while trying to get a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower is not the time to discover you don’t know how to change your metering mode.
Avoid Postcard Shots: Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, anyone can buy a postcard of it and bring it home. Don’t take the same photo as thousands before you. Change it up; try different compositions and cropping. Make your own photos, don’t copy someone else’s.
Be a People Person: Include people in your pictures, whether they’re friends, family or candids of perfect strangers. The human element adds scale to landmarks and shows local color and custom.
Worth a Thousand Words: Try to take photos that weave together to tell the story of your vacation. Your friends and family should be able to figure out what you did on your travels without you having to spell it out for them. This kind of travelogue is perfect for making into Photo Books, too.
Skip the Selfies: Sure, it’s okay to put yourself in the photos to prove you were there. But rather than put yourself in every photo, try using a toy, stuffed animal or other object in your shots of famous and not-so-famous landmarks to put your personal touch on the image.
Travel Light: If you’re a DSLR shooter, pick one lens and use it all day instead of carrying your whole kit around — your back will thank you later. Worried you won’t have enough zoom? That’s what your feet are for.
Thanks for the Memory (Cards): Bring more storage than you think you need. Extra memory cards or a laptop or tablet to store your images will ensure that you won’t run out of space.
Avoid Power Outages: Don’t forget to bring your battery charger and a spare battery. Charge your batteries each night. Don’t miss a shot because you’re out of juice.
Know When to Say When: If you spend your whole vacation photographing, are you really relaxing and soaking in the experience? It’s okay to put the camera down for a while and enjoy what’s going on around you.
The best part about these vacation photo tips is that they work for any destination, from a safari to a visit to a theme park or a weekend camping trip. Now every vacation you take will be a photographic adventure.
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