Travel Photography Tips - 7 Tips for Taking Good Pictures

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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 some impact 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. Remember to use the self timer or remote shutter release when taking family pictures so you can be in your vacation pictures too.

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. Strange or unusual subjects always make interesting pictures so keep a look out for those great 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. After you get home and upload the pictures, select the best ones to tell the story of your trip and then proudly frame it 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.

Remember that even for the most experienced pros, not every picture will be a keeper, so bring extra memory cards unless you have a way to upload your photos while your away. Always recharge or replace your batteries and memory card daily so you can be ready for whatever picture opportunity comes your way. If you do this, you'll be ready the next day to take more pictures!

As you can see, taking good pictures on your vacation can be easy and fun. When you get home, you'll be sure to have lots of great pictures to show to your friends and family.


Autumn Lockwood is a writer for Your Picture and loves photography. If you're looking for stylish or classic square photo frames visit our picture frame site or call us at 1-800-780-0699.

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