Taking good pictures on your family vacation is pretty easy when you know some basic photography skills. In this article, you will find seven travel photography tips that will help you take some fantastic travel pictures that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Add Drama to Your Pictures
You can add interest and visual appeal to your pictures by adding some drama to your pictures. If you want to add some impact to your pictures, one way is to show scale. You can show scale in your pictures by having a person stand next to something enormous like the World’s Largest Redwood so you can see the full impact of the image.
Get Rid of the Clutter
When you’re seeing exciting new things, it’s easy to ignore the background. But before you hit the shutter release button, look at what you’re really photographing. Simply by changing positions slightly or changing your angle, you may be able to eliminate background clutter like billboards or power lines.
Take Pictures of the Locals
No matter where you are traveling in the world, learn how to say some basic things like “May I please take your picture?” 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.
Unique and Candid Photos
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 pick up some postcards to add to your vacation souvenirs. Unusual subjects always make great travel photos so always keep an eye out for these unique photo opportunities.
Every Picture Tells a Story
You may also want to tell the story of your trip so make sure to take pictures from the moment you departed to the time you returned home. 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 upload the photos, choose the best ones so you can create an album or put them in a collage frame on your wall.
Recruit Additional Picture Taking Help
If traveling with kids, hand each child a camera (disposables are great for the younger ones) and encourage them to take pictures for their own vacation album.
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 have any plans for being around water, make sure to bring a one time use or waterproof camera.Beware of salt water and sand as they can ruin your camera if you’re not careful.
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. If you do this, you’ll be ready the next day to take more pictures!
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.