Taking a vacation, whether it’s on your own or with family and friends, should be a happy and exciting time. There is always a memorable or funny moment to capture as you relax and unwind. Taking great photos is not a skill that comes naturally to everyone but there are a few things you can do to ensure that you have plenty of wonderful images to remember your vacation by.
Easy Photo Tips for the Traveler
-The moments are what matters on a vacation so focus on not having so many posed pictures as candid's. Instead, focus on capturing special moments between your children or between friends. You also never know when a unique moment might present itself in your surroundings so always have your camera or phone camera ready.
-If you are looking to get some great shots of the scenery around you, it’s always best to get up early if you can. The lighting will be better earlier in the day and hopefully there won’t be as many people around. If early isn't your scene (like me), just before sunset is another great time for pictures.
-Before you pack up your belongings and head out the door, become familiar with the settings on your camera. Take out your camera’s manual and have a quick read through the settings and features to ensure that you’re up to speed with what your camera is capable of. On the plane or car ride to your destination is a great time to re-familiarize yourself with your camera. If you haven't taken a camera class recently, AFH offers them 2 times per year. Our next one is happening in the fall of 2021. If you'd like more information, contact us.
-Don’t forget to take some detailed shots too. While you want to capture the scenery and be able to show others what you experienced on vacation, taking the time to zoom in on the smaller details can make for some amazing photos too. Whether it’s a great meal that you had or the beautiful detail on a building, try not to discount those shots. Flowers and animal visitors make for great memories as well.
-Bonus Tip: Get a few shots of the locals and anything that might be going on around you. These shots tend to tell the best stories.
Where are you headed this summer?
Wherever it is, Safe travels.