Summer is just around the corner and that means vacation. Whether you’re planning an exotic vacation or a backyard staycation, there’s always something worth photographing when you’re having fun. With the advent of digital photography, more people than ever are taking more photos than ever. Here are a few of my top tips to help you get vacation photos you can be proud of.But how do you make sure those vacation photos are worth keeping and sharing when the trip is over?
1. Plan Ahead
Make sure the camera works before you start your trip. Charge the batteries, clear the memory card and be sure to pack all the extras you need. There’s nothing that will put a damper on the day faster than realizing you won’t be taking home any visual memories. And if you’re buying a new camera for the trip, buy it enough in advance that you can learn to use it–and make sure everything works the way you want.
2. Fill the Frame
Do you really want to play “Where’s Waldo?” with your vacation photos? As one of my photography teachers said (back in the day), “you’re paying for the film, you might as well use all of it.” It’s always better to zoom in and fill the frame while taking the photo than to crop later.
Use people–or other things–to show the size of your vacation sights. Putting people in the photo (like your kids) helps to demonstrate how tall a saguaro is or how small that little bug really is. And people add some interest anyway. If you don’t ever put people in the photos you might as well just buy postcards.
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You’ll find even more tips and ideas for great vacation photos you’ll enjoy long after the vacation has ended. Happy Travels!