Tips for Great Travel Photos

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Taking pictures of your vacation is easy these days. Whether you are using a disposable camera, a fancy DSLR, a compact point-and-shoot, or your phone to document your travels, the pictures you take can help you relive your adventures and share them with those who didn’t come along!  Here are some tips to make sure you get the best photo-memories out of your trip!

1. Equipment: If you are going somewhere interesting, bring your camera! Make sure it’s charged, or that you have spare batteries so that you can snap away! Having an extra memory card for your camera doesn’t hurt either. Keep in mind that big, bulky equipment can be a hassle to carry around; you may want to opt for a smaller camera if you plan to be out and about all day. Also, make sure you know how to use your camera and the important features. Knowing how to zoom in and out and how to turn on the flash can make a huge difference in how your photos turn out!

Dessert at the Ritz Lounge

2. Take pictures that are unique to your experience:  It’s fine to get some photos of famous landmarks and buildings, but if you want to look back on what made your trip special, make an effort to take photos of your personal experience! This means taking pictures of yourself, your travel companions, interesting meals, the street vendor you bought souvenirs from, the farmers’ market you discovered, friendly locals, interesting shop windows, etc.

3.  Composure: Try taking pictures from different angles. Try crouching down, standing on your tip-toes, and getting at eye-level with your subject in order to find what looks best to you. Don’t take too many random photos – find a subject and then take a picture of it! Find interesting ways to incorporate your friends and family into shots. Emphasize how huge or tiny a monument is by taking a photo of someone next to it as a reference.

Street Performer

4. Review you photos: Check your photos out on your display right after you take them. Make sure they aren’t blurry. You may discover that you need to retake a picture with some adjustments in order to make it turn out the way you want it to. Here’s a tip if you have trouble holding your camera still: steady your hand by resting your elbow on a table, handrail, or other object while you take the picture. Don’t be in a rush to delete your photos unless you ran out of memory. You will make better choices on what photos are worth keeping once you download them onto your computer, laptop, or tablet and can view them on a bigger screen.

5.  Edit and share your pictures: Basic editing can go a long way in the way your pictures look. You don’t need to be a Photoshop pro! Learning how to crop a photo and how to edit the brightness and contrast can make your pictures look even better.  Share your favorite pictures on your social media accounts, email pictures to family back home, or even set aside some time to make a photo album or scrapbook! Make sure to take notes of what the subjects of your photos are. This way, you can caption your photos with the names of the interesting food you ate, the cities you visited, and the people you met on your tour. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget these things, especially if you had a long trip with many experiences.

Remember, don’t experience your whole trip through a camera! The most important thing to focus on isn’t your subject through a lens, but on having an awesome travel experience! That being said, make it count when you do take photos by keeping these tips in mind.