I love coming home finding that my photo’s have captured the real essence of a wonderful trip. In fact when not on the road I get on the computer and open my photo files just for the memories. You can do the same with these easy tips for taking great vacation photo’s.
Learning how to take the best photo’s
First remember to always have your camera with you and ready to shoot at all times. Make sure your battery is charged before leaving for the day.
Try to have people in your photo’s, they give dimension to the image. It’s an easy way to show how tall a monument really is or how tiny that cute little dog is. If you have friends and family it’s that much better and will bring better memories or your trip.
Try different positions while taking your photo’s. Sometimes the light will be better to your right, or maybe just one step back will fit the whole building in your frame. You can even try lying down on your back so you can see how high the arch is in those Grecian ruins. Different angles will completely change the scenery from what your naked eye will see. Play around and have fun with your subject.
Taking shots either in the morning or evening has better lighting. At those times it will bring out the best colors and definition of your subjects. Professional photographer’s call this time the Magical Hours or Golden Light.
Avoid busy backdrops like billboards, telephone poles, big trucks, and flamboyant people.
Use a flash in when photographing shadowed areas on bright days. This technique helps to avoid dark marks or hidden facial features on your subject that can ruin your shot.
If you have not used your camera much or if its new be sure to take along the manufactures manual. Read it on the flight to your destination or if driving its the perfect reading material at night at your hotel.
Take a class on photography before leaving home. It helps to get a quick education on beginning photography. Finding out the tricks or ins and outs of setting up a good photo can make the difference between deleting most of your shots or keeping that one to blow up and hang on your walls. Classes also help to set up good content.
When you have time practice. Go into your home town or out into the country to play around with some of the different settings on your camera. Try the sports feature for moving objects for clarity, but then again sometimes the movement will add to the photo, you get to decide. Use it both ways for effect. Use the flower setting for close up subjects or night control for dark and indoor places. Try both vertical and horizontal shots.
Learn how to use your F-stops, the AV or aperture allows the amount of light in which basically will make the foreground and background sharp and focused or blurred. If your shutter speed is too high you will have blowouts or too much contrast which can ruin your shot. The TV (time) setting is crucial. If your time setting is too slow any movement in your shot will be blurred. Sometimes that’s good, for instance you might want to blur someone walking past an espresso shop.
Use your zoom to bring out the details of the shot. For instance a hand carved door, an extravagant meal, the historic statue, everyone’s shoes, the guy juggling on a promenade, or even a bridge that has a special unique art style to it.
Photography is the best way to remember where you have been. With a little time and practice you can relive those times for years to come and these easy tips are a good start to get you on your way.