6 tips for taking memorable vacation pics


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Back in the day, when we were on vacation with our parents, taking pictures used to be a big production. You haul out the Polaroid or Kodak Instamatic (with Magicube for interior shots) or a fancy Pentax or Nikon, insert the roll of film, take the rolls to be developed, choose matte or glossy finish, with borders or without, then wait to week to see how all the shots turned out. Or didn’t.

Today, in the age of the iPhone, social media and the selfie, most of us take the art of travel photos for granted. After all, you can shoot people, places and things endlessly, over and over, and delete bad pictures immediately.

So, with summer vacation season on its way, we thought it was the perfect time for a few vacation photo pointers. Here are some of our favorites:

 

People first, attraction second: If you’re shooting the Eiffel Tower, frame the tower. But if you’re taking a pic of your friend in front of the Eiffel Tower, concentrate on framing him properly. No matter how good the tower looks, his cut-off head will look bad.

 

Be unconventional: Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, there is no shortage of pictures online and in millions of photo albums of the tower surrounded by blue sky. If you’re going to take a photo of this or any famous landmark, do something special. For instance, shoot your travel partner “leaning” against the tower in the background or wait for a flock of birds or balloons to enter the frame or try a different angle, like underneath!

 

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Watch the edges: The vista you’re photographing might be spectacular but if there’s a half a person in the bottom corner, that’s what you’ll notice later.

 

Don’t shoot into the sun (most of the time): This seems like an obvious one and yet we see endless photos of faces in the shadows. The one exception may be if you’re looking for a dramatic and graphic special effect for instance, shooting the Statue of Liberty with the sun behind can create a dramatic effect:

 

 

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Avoid tourists: Technically, you’re one too, but it can be a challenge taking great photos with dozens of people straying in and out of the frame. If you can, arrive during off hours.

 

Wait for the rain: Traveling when it’s raining can be annoying and, well, wet but it can also make for beautiful photos.

 

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What are your best vacation photo tips and tricks? Share them in the Shop Talk Blog community forum!

 

 

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Did you know?

What’s the most photographed site?

If you thought the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty, you’d be…wrong! It’s actually the Guggenheim Museum in New York followed by the Spanish Steps in Rome. (Source)

 

27 thoughts on “6 tips for taking memorable vacation pics

  1. Photos are more interesting with people in them. I used to take a lot of pics with just scenery or attractions in them, until I heard this quote. I notice this now when I’m looking at other’s photos, that it’s a little boring to just look at a bunch of scenic photos without people in them.

  2. I am very curious to get started myself. Ready to roll. I’m cheating though sitting outside enjoying some beautiful weather and taking my survey, almost feel guilty.

  3. Pictures hold so many memories, beauty of what is seen, moments that could never be gotten back and a picture can say a 1,000 words or capture times that can’t be replaced.

  4. I just did the Huge Survey 1 of many more to come! Can’t wait I like Free samples, coupons, surveys.

  5. We started a family tradition over 25 years ago of “licking” famous things. It is fun now to sit back with my grandchildren and show them pics of their parents “licking” the Liberty Bell, the Colleseum in Rome and others. My grandchildren have decided that their generation will, wait for it, “pick famous noses”. It may seem strange but it is definitely memorable and I think our pictures come out far more than a lot of standard vacation picks simply because no one ever believes us when we mention it!

  6. I just take pictures with my I phone, I also like the comment about having pictures with people in them. With today’s cameras and no film you don’t waste a photo, you can always delete the bad ones.

  7. Going to the Grand Canyon soon. Will definitely remember these tips. I kinda like funny looking people in the background. You never know what else you may capture.

  8. Sharing our places that are beautiful & will always be a part of our History…& something to be proud to share forever!

  9. Sharing our places that are beautiful & will always be a part of our History…& something to be proud to share forever & aways.

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