Summer brings vacation season, and there’s no better way to capture your travel memories than through your camera. To get the best photos no matter where you may be, we’re kicking off a series of tips. Make sure to check back over the next few weeks for more on how to take the best landscape, beach, action and candid photos while you’re traveling about.
First off, a few tips for taking the best vacation photos no matter what you’re trying to capture:
Pick the right camera
Current cell phones have great cameras, so it’s easy to grab these to take your photos. However, we still recommend a “real” camera for the highest quality pictures, especially for prints to display. Cameras give you more features to make sure you’re able to take pictures in all settings.
Invest in a selfie stick but limit the selfies!
What seemed to be a joke when it was launched, selfie sticks will help single travelers grab a great shot with the landscape in the background. Remember, though, to use the real camera to take pictures without yourself in the corner, to remember the places you visited. And if you’re at a popular site, you can ask someone close by to capture a photo of your group with the background of your choosing.
Make sure your family knows why it’s important to capture photos, especially of the family together! Kids & teens can tire of taking pictures and fight it as the days pass. Make sure they’re involved in picking some shots and set some “photo free” time to make sure they get a break.
Do a mix of posed and natural
It’s easy to automatically place everyone in a pose for your “perfect” shot. Sometimes the best memories come from the photos that are taken unexpectedly and even without the subject knowing. It’s also fun to show personality in some of your photos, even if the face is not happy or perfectly clean. Try it! Digital cameras make editing easy, but wait to edit until you’re back home.
Take a moment to see & sense through your mind.
Often times, we’re so busy trying to capture every moment that we forget to truly look around and enjoy the moment. Make sure you put the camera AND the phone down and let your mind capture the details… that’s when we create the best memories! It’s important to unplug from technology & appreciate what & who is around us fully. Living in the moment will increase your enjoyment of the photos when you look back on them later.