Tips to photograph a vacation
So you’re going on vacation. You don’t have to let the need to record something gets in the way of enjoying it — the trick is to have a photography technique that ensures the story gets told while not overdoing it with a camera all the time up to your face.
Perhaps this has happened to us all. We’ve just returned from a fantastic trip and want to share with our friends and family all the fun moments. But we seem to be the only people already watching the picture show after a brief moment. Everybody else has lost interest quickly.
So what can we do to avoid our holiday photos bringing people to sleep?
Here are some tips to help you take pictures that everyone will enjoy on holiday. It’s a lot easier than you might think, and it doesn’t need expensive equipment for sure. You could take amazing pictures even with your mobile phone, bearing in mind those basic rules.
Your photos should tell your story!
The most engaging vacation photos should reveal your trip’s story from beginning to end. Taking pictures at crucial moments, including driving from point A to point B, can help build the journey’s story. Try photographing your suitcase’s contents before you depart the view from the windshield of your airplane or vehicle, and the people and places you meet along the way.
Take your time- Don’t rush it!
Often you get to a beautiful place and immediately start photographing. Yet wait. Wait. Nothing will run away from you unless it’s a sunset or a rapidly moving group of people. Instead, take your time to walk around and soak up the atmosphere a little bit.
Try to keep a decent camera within range, even though it’s just your mobile. If you’re aiming from a kayak, on the beach, or even underwater, you might want to start packing waterproof bags and cases.
Don’t forget the faces:
While traveling with your wide-angle lens to new and exciting destinations, getting sidetracked and missing the most essential part is easy: the people who came with you.
The only best way to re-experience the holiday experiences and feelings for years is through the eyes of the family and friends who were there. Getting the image of Mickey Mouse running by being able to capture the smile on the eyes of your three-year-old as it occurs is well worth it.
Scenery photos are good, but in twenty years, these are the images that will make you both laugh and cry. And take tons of them for sure!
Tilt your camera:
The horizon should be clear if you take a picture of a sunset. But when it comes to houses, tilting the lens to create a new perspective is perfectly fine. Don’t be scared, not everything in the center of the frame has to be perfectly aligned. Don’t just do it partially. If you choose a different perspective, do it all the way. That is to suggest, let the viewer know this you deliberately rotated the lens and that either to the left or to the right, the tower is not unintentionally tilted.
Include the Surroundings:
We’re never alone when we go sightseeing. Many visitors will always be around. It is often difficult to get a clear shot with no one in the frame. Alternatively, what you can do is integrate others into the composition. In reality, photographing other people taking photos is a lot of fun. You add to your photos a different story or layer: a scene inside a frame.
Look out for Light:
Photography is painting with light. The value of the light is, therefore, very essential. The bright sunlight at midday is distinct from the gentle tones of a sunset with its dark shadows. Be aware of the various feelings which light can elicit and use it as a method for creating reliable results.
Interact with your surroundings, construct new viewpoints, and take advantage of your creativity. Not only you, but your friends and family back home will enjoy watching your next holiday photos as well.
Just because you’re the family photographer doesn’t mean you’re going to have all the fun!
Getting everyone a camera is a good way to integrate imagery into the experience to help ensure that your kids don’t get bored looking at the peaks while they want to drive roller coasters. Something that could transform into a lifelong passion is also a gentle nudge.