You’ve planned the perfect vacation. Although you will always have the memories of your vacation, memories fade. Take time to record your vacation by snapping plenty of quality photos. Your family and friends will enjoy seeing the highlights of your fun trip, and you’ll enjoy having a chance to show off your photography skills. These novice photography tips for traveling will make even the most inexperienced photographers vacation photos look great!
Use a Flash Outdoors
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It may seem counterintuitive to use a flash outside, but you will end up with better pictures. Depending on how the sun is shining, many outdoor pictures turn out dark without the flash. You might end up with a dark subject with a beautiful background, or a light subject with no background. If you’re within five feet of your subject, the flash will lighten the photo instead of casting shadows on the person in your picture.
Move Out of the Middle
When you’re taking pictures of a building or other large monument, don’t place the subject center stage in your photo. Making the subject the center of your photo removes everything else. Although the subject is of course most important, the viewer of the picture no longer has any context for the subject when it’s in the center. Give the viewer the entire picture by moving the building, person, or monument into the edge of your photo. This technique will add an artsy flare, and put the moment in perspective.
Be an Active Photographer
A passive novice photographer snaps pictures without making any effort to have the subjects pose for the camera. Although some of the best photos are impromptu and unplanned, posed photos can turn out beautifully. Don’t just line up your family and tell them to “Say cheese.” Pose your family in such a way that the photo is unique and fun instead of forced and awkward. You’ll remember the silliness or closeness of the moment just as much as the place you were visiting.
The Lighting is Key
In many cases, you can use your flash to help with the lighting outdoors, but sometimes you need to use mother nature to get that perfect photo. If your subjects are farther away and the flash isn’t relevant, make sure your subjects are looking into the sun. When the sun is behind a person, it causes dark shadows and typically ruins the photo. Although it’s hard not to squint when you’re looking into the sun, the sun adds natural light and helps create a better photo.
Download the Right Apps
While you don’t want to completely alter your pictures, photo editing apps can help enhance your vacation photos dramatically. Add filters to brighten up darker photos, or to make a plain picture feel unique. If you have an unwanted blemish, or your teeth are looking a little dingy, you can easily fix that with an app. You don’t want to transform your photos so much they no longer represent you or your real vacation, but it never hurts to touch up a couple of photos.
Ignore all the Rules
If you’ve ever taken a novice photography class, you’ve heard about the rule of thirds. Even in this article, there are certain rules that you should follow to take the perfect vacation photo. If you’re using film to take your photos, then it’s more important to be cautious. But most people use their smartphones, such as the iPhone 5s from T-Mobile that has an 8MP iSight camera, and can afford a few daring shots. With this in mind, ignore all the rules and take tons of photos. Experiment with lighting and the rule of thirds. You may have to weed through some bad ones, but in the mix, you might find the perfect gem.
You’ve spent a lot of money and energy planning the perfect vacation. Make sure you take a lot of pictures so you can remember the best moments of your trip. Just don’t forget to live in the present. Many times, people get so caught up taking pictures, they miss the best moments. The key is to find a balance between enjoying your vacation and snapping the perfect memories.