Picture Perfect Vacation: 5 Tips for Better Vacation Photos

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Were your vacation photos a little blurry, out of focus, and not so memorable? If so, brush up on your photography skills before taking off on your next adventure. Though your photographs may never grace the pages of a travel magazine, you can get better vacation photos by following these five tips.

1. Subject:

Carefully consider which scenes and activities really capture your trip. Rather than posing in front of the Taj Mahal to prove you have been there, let a companion capture you in exploration of a local market. According to Fodors, the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information, candid photos can be more interesting and say much more about you and your trip than posed shots.

2. Position:

Where you are in relation to the subject you plan to shoot affects everything from composition to lighting. Shooting from an unexpected angle can lend an element of surprise and drama to a photo.

3. Composition:

Try to keep the numbers to three or less, unless you intentionally are trying to capture a crowd when and facial and clothing details often do not matter. Follow the “rule of thirds” by dividing the view into three parts and deciding whether the main subject you plan to capture will fill the left, the middle or the right of the photo.

4. Lighting:

Consider if there is sufficient lighting, especially when indoors. This will help you determine whether you can rely on natural light or if you need to use a flash. Dim lighting may affect your camera’s autofocus function, so it may be best to focus manually. The direction of the lighting — whether from the front, side or back — affects color, form, texture and depth, according to Fodors.

5. Motion:

Particularly when photographing people and events, it is likely you will be dealing with motion. The best thing to do is to observe for a while so you can assess the speed and rhythm of that motion before shooting. One way to overcome motion problems is to embrace them and exaggerate them by using longer-than-necessary shutter speeds.

Whether you are shooting landscapes, ceremonial traditions, architecture or the people around you, photographs of your trip can be enjoyable to share with friends and family or reminisce. For tips on how to take your camera with you on vacation, watch our video on air travel with cameras.

Fodors. http://www.fodors.com/travel-photography. (Accessed August 5, 2011).


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