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How to Take Better Vacation Photos

How to Take Better Vacation Photos

With the introduction of cell phones, there are more photos being taken nowadays than ever before, so I thought I’d make this blog to offer some advice on “How to take better vacation photos” to help you on your next vacation! No one wants to come home only to see a bunch of blurry photos, so read below for some tips to improve your photography, as well as your memories! 


Pack all your gear

If you plan on bringing an actual camera on vacation, be sure to pack extra batteries or your charger and a spare. To ensure that your camera doesn’t get broken or damaged, find a small, lightweight bag to carry your camera in (Label it too in case it gets lost!). If you plan to use your phone, bring plenty of phone chargers so everyone can stay charged up and ready to snap pictures!


Take advantage of the best lighting

No worries if you don’t have an actual camera! A photo snapped on an iPhone during golden hour, either sunrise or sunset can be just as stunning. Midday sun is too bright and will wash out your images. The golden lighting in the early morning or late evening makes both people and scenery appear more warm and vibrant. Plus, if you’re in a tourist-heavy area, you won’t have to worry about people getting into your shoot because there will be less people during this time.


Get everyone involved

Not all vacation photos need to be a posed “smile at the camera!”. In fact, some of the best vacation photos turn out to be the candid ones. Instead of trying to take all the pictures yourself, enlist your partner or kids to use their phones to snap pictures too. This way, you’ll be able to capture genuine moments of everyone throughout your trip.

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Take A LOT of photos

Whether you’re using a camera or a smartphone, it costs you nothing to take hundreds of photos. Sometimes it takes 20 shots to get the perfect image, and that’s okay! This is also a great time to have fun and experiment with different angles or taking photos at different distances. The more your practice, the better you’ll get at capturing the right moments! Just make sure you have plenty of memory so you won’t have to constantly go back and delete pictures.


Edit your images

Every photographer knows editing a photo can make all the difference in the world. If your vacation photos are a little too dark or the colors aren’t quite right, a little editing can balance everything out! Don’t worry about fancy software like Photoshop or Lightroom. Most phones have simple editing features available, and there are plenty of free apps if you want to do a little more with your images.


When it comes down to how to take better vacation photos, be adventurous and try different angles or backdrops. You never know what photo will make you smile years down the road!

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