April 17, 2015

By: Festiva Getaways

Vacation Photography Tips

Vacations are one of the many ways families and friends can spend quality time together. Capturing the fun, memorable moments on camera is essential. Follow these easy steps and you are sure to have a bundle of photos to show off to all of your friends.

1. The Right Equipment

Making sure you have the right equipment is important. Before leaving home make sure to have a backup battery fully charged, as well as having at least one extra memory card. Keep your camera in a secure camera bag so it doesn't get broken or ruined in the weather.

2. People

While it is easy to get carried away taking photos of landscapes, make sure to add people in your photos too. This includes taking group photos as well as individual photos. Make sure to get in some of the photos yourself and not just snap everyone else having a good time. It is also smart to take candid photos of people to capture them being natural and un-posed.

3. Lighting

Lighting is crucial to taking good photos. Make sure the sun is always behind you when taking a picture. Either have the landscape or the people you are photographing be all the way in the sunlight, or all the way in the shade. A combination of the two can make the photo hard to see. If the sun is blinding the people in the photo give them a count down so they can make sure not to blink or be squinting when the photo is taken.

4. Move Around

Make sure to move around when taking multiple pictures. The same pose over and over again will become tedious. Also, right before you take a photo you should take a few steps back to capture as much as you can in the frame.

5. Steady Hands

Keeping your arms and hands still while taking pictures will help eliminate blurry photos. Also, watch the placement of your fingers. You don't want to be the person whose finger is in the corner of the picture.

6. Posing

Avoid the cliche poses that everyone does. Try instead to create clever poses that are fun and full of life. Never be afraid to try something new and unconventional. Worst case scenario you don't like it and have to redo the photo, but at least you tried.

7. Photo Editing Apps

Editing every photo you take on vacation is not necessary. However, editing your favorite ones can make them even better. There are tons of user friendly apps that pretty much do the editing for you. Instagram is the obvious choice but then there are also apps like Afterlight and VSCO Cam that are fun and easy to use.