Taking good pictures on your family vacation is pretty easy when you know some basic photography skills. Here you will find some really simple things you can do to take your travel photos from so-so to fabulous.
Add Drama to Your Pictures
You can add interest and visual appeal to your pictures by adding some drama to your pictures. One way to add drama is to show scale. You can do this by adding people or natural features to your photographs of big things like monuments, landscapes or the world’s biggest Redwood.
Get Rid of the Clutter
When you’re seeing exciting new things, it’s easy to ignore the background. But before you press the shutter release, always take a look at the image you’re photographing. In some cases, moving a few feet could eliminate unwanted clutter like power lines, billboards, or people walking through your picture.
Photograph the Locals
No matter where you are traveling, learn how to say, “May I take your picture please?” in the local language. Offer to send those you photograph a copy so make sure to have a small notebook or pencil to jot down names, addresses or emails.
Candid and Unique
Candid shots when traveling are the best, but occasional portraits of the family in front of spectacular views and famous landmarks are part of almost every vacation album. Don’t forget to get in the vacation pictures too by using the self timer or remote shutter.
Always take pictures of things that interest you instead of taking pictures of things “you have to take” like those shown on postcards in the gift store. You can always buy some postcards to add to your travel souvenirs and save the really unique subjects for your photographs. Unusual subjects always make great travel photos so always keep an eye out for these unique photo opportunities.
Every Photo Has a Story
You may want to tell your vacation story by using your photographs from the time you departed to your return home so make sure to capture these moments too. Include highlights like your campground neighbors,an unusual meal you had, activities, the look on a family member’s face when he or she saw something for the first time. Once you get home and look at all of the pictures, select those pictures that best reflect your trip and frame them on your wall to remember.
Recruit Additional Picture Taking Help
If you are traveling with children, give each child a camera (use disposables for the young ones) and encourage them to take pictures too.
Then when you return home you can create a fun photo album to remember your vacation. While on your vacation, make sure to make notes so you can later add captions to your photos.
Camera Care and Maintenance
If you’re going to be near or in the ocean, bring one-time use or waterproof camera.Watch out for salt water and sand as they can wreak havoc on your camera.
Remember that even for the most experienced pros, not every picture will be a keeper, so bring extra memory cards unless you have a way to upload your photos while your away.
Always remember to recharge the batteries and replace the memory card every day so you can be ready for whatever photo opportunity comes your way. This way in the morning, you’ll be ready to go!
As you can see, taking good pictures on your vacation can be easy and fun. By the time you get home, you’ll have lots of great pictures to share with your friends and family.