Whether it’s on your own or with family and friends, taking a vacation is a happy and exciting time. There is always a memorable, funny, or majestic moment to capture as you relax and unwind. Taking great pictures 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 beautiful images to remember your vacation by.
1. The moments are what matters on a vacation so try not to get the people you’re with to pose too often. 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 ready.
2. 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.
3. 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 focus on the smaller details can make for some amazing photos. Whether it’s a great meal that you had or the beautiful detail on a building, try not to discount those shots. If you’re using your phone, avoid using the zoom feature though. Instead, use your feet to get closer.
4. Get a few shots of the locals and anything that might be going on around you. These shots tend to tell the best stories.
5. Who is guilty of taking a picture while still walking? I know I’ve been! To help reduce camera shake and blur, make sure to stop moving before taking the shot.
6. Sometimes you might need to pause just a moment before clicking the shutter. Waiting for people or cars to move will result in a better, more frame-worthy image. So, be patient!
7. This may seem silly, but remember to keep the lens clean on your camera. It’s very easy to accumulate dirt and grime on the camera lens, especially if you’re using your phone to take pictures. A dirty lens can cause blurry images or spots in your images, so be sure to wipe it with a microfiber cloth for best results.
8. Your onboard camera or phone flash only illuminates a few feet in front of the camera and rarely looks natural (or good), as it will create harsh and unflattering shadows. For most vacation shots it’s best to stick with natural light.
9. As a professional photographer I understand wanting to capture the memories and create keepsake images – they are valuably important. But don’t forget you’re on vacation. Put the phone down and live in the moment!
Have a great vacation!