Learning how to take travel pictures is not that difficult if you keep in mind what your eye likes to look at will look good in print. Digital camera tips are normally included in the owner’s manual for your digital camera. Combine those with the travel photo guidelines below and you will have fantastic vacation photos to show family and friends.
To begin, if you are vacationing somewhere for the first time, get familiar with the area before you leave home. The Internet provides a great opportunity to research your vacation spot and play a photo itinerary of shots that you do not want to miss.
For great vacation photos, you will need some essential equipment. You should include a zoom lens, extra film or digital media, batteries and a good carry case for your camera. Of course, do not forget the camera!
I believe the most important vacation photos tip would be to know your camera and the settings before you leave. Some of the worst mistakes while taking vacation photographs happen when you do not use your camera settings properly. Read the owner’s manual and know what settings to use for various shots as well as how your flash works. This will help you take much better vacation pictures. Also, remember to steady the camera to avoid fuzzy shots.
Panoramic views of vacation spots are beautiful; however, they are also overwhelming and do not offer the detail of close up shots. Zoom in or move closer to your subject for great detail and impact. Place a focal point in front of the view to add depth to your vacation photos.
Another travel photo guideline this is important is to remember to look at what is behind the people in your picture. Wives do not think it is funny when their husbands show of the picture of the flagpole coming out of her head. Take a minute to look at the background and notice how it blends with the foreground of your picture. The exception to this is when you want to have a bird appear to be sitting on your daughter’s head. Look for interesting shots – – rather than just placing your family in front of the large spaceship have them stand with their hands in the air so that it appears they are holding it up or standing behind it leaning to the side as if it is blowing them over.
Speaking of positioning your family, do not always stand them in the center of the picture. Place people to the side of the picture so that you see more of the object they are standing in front of as well as adding more interest to your picture. Placing subjects in the dead center of the shot makes it static – – take several shots with subjects in different positions.
Another great vacation photos tip is to use signposts, famous landmarks or literally a sign that your subject holds to introduce places. These make wonderful pictures to begin, and end, your vacation photographs. We have a tradition of stopping on the side of the road to take our first picture with the “Welcome to…” or “You are entering…” signs. Likewise, we stop on the way out for the “You are now leaving….” and “Come back soon..” signs.
Remember to have fun when taking your vacation photos. Try silly and candid photos as well as posed pictures. Some of the best vacation photos are those that are spontaneous and just “snapped” without much thought.