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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Travel Photography Tips - 7 Tips for Taking Vacation Pictures

A photographer on the ruins of Sutro BathImage via Wikipedia

Taking beautiful travel and vacation pictures is easy if you know some basic photo skills. In this article, you will learn 7 travel photography tips that will help you take some incredible travel pictures.

Add Drama to Your Pictures

You can add interest and visual appeal to your pictures by adding some drama to your pictures. If you want to add drama to your pictures one way is to show scale. One way to show scale in your pictures is by having a person stand next to something extra large (like the World's largest Redwood) so you can see the full impact of the size difference.

Get Rid of the Clutter

When you're seeing exciting new things, it's easy to ignore the background. But before you hit the shutter release button, look at what you're really photographing. Simply by changing positions slightly or changing your angle, you may be able to eliminate background clutter like billboards or power lines.

Take Pictures of the Locals

No matter where you are traveling in the world, learn how to say some basic things like "May I please take your picture?" in the local language. Offer to send those you photograph a copy so make sure to have a small notebook or pencil to jot down names, addresses or emails.

Unique and Candid Photos

Candid shots when traveling are the best, but occasional portraits of the family in front of spectacular views and famous landmarks are part of almost every vacation album. Don't forget to get in the vacation pictures too by using the self timer or remote shutter.

Always take pictures of things that interest you instead of taking pictures of things "you have to take" like those shown on postcards in the gift store. You can always pick up some postcards to add to your vacation souvenirs. Unusual subjects always make great travel photos so always keep an eye out for these unique photo opportunities.

Every Picture Tells a Story

You may also want to tell the story of your trip so make sure to take pictures from the moment you departed to the time you returned home. Include highlights like your campground neighbors,an unusual meal you had, activities, the look on a family member's face when he or she saw something for the first time. Once you get home and upload the photos, choose the best ones so you can create an album or put them in a collage frame on your wall.

Recruit Additional Picture Taking Help

If traveling with kids, hand each child a camera (disposables are great for the younger ones) and encourage them to take pictures for their own vacation album.

Then when you return home you can create a fun photo album to remember your vacation. While on your vacation, make sure to make notes so you can later add captions to your photos.

Camera Care and Maintenance

If you have any plans for being around water, make sure to bring a one time use or waterproof camera.Beware of salt water and sand as they can ruin your camera if you're not careful.

Not even the most experienced photographers keep every picture, so bring extra memory cards or bring a way to upload your photos regularly so you'll never run out of room while traveling. Always recharge or replace your batteries and memory card daily so you can be ready for whatever picture opportunity comes your way. By doing this, you'll be ready to go in the morning!

As you can see, taking good pictures on your vacation can be easy and fun. By the time you get home, you'll have lots of great pictures to share with your friends and family.

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