How to take great vacation pictures...This is a topic that I love!
We all have at least one friend who takes the most amazing pictures. It seems like they must have a ton of talent, and must have been taking pictures for years.. in some cases this is probably true.. BUT
I'm here to tell you that it can be much easier than that. All you have to do is get the right equipment, motivation and drive. The truly great vacation photographer, photographs everything! Not just a nice sunset, or a cool looking building.. Everything!
To really capture a place that you are visiting, you must take candid photos of people and surroundings of your vacation spot. It's these very pictures, that will yield gold for you. These candid photos of outdoor markets, taxi cabs, beach goers, flowers etc.. are what make the best vacation pictures.
It is my opinion that vacation photos should have a mix of both, "Family" and "Scenic/Candid" photos. It's no fun to look through pictures, if you never get a chance to see yourself, your family or friends in them.. and It's also not that much fun for your friends to look through a million pictures of you and your family doing all these fun things. As much as you want your friends to see you standing in front of every possible tourist attraction, believe me, your friends are over it, after about 10 images. The ratio is important.
Now, how to actually capture the image.
I think it's best to carry a camera with you that is very versatile. I never like to carry around a big DSLR because it's just too heavy, and depending on where you are, it could make you a target for robbery. Don't worry though, there are solutions. There are many cameras on the market today that take fantastic photos, and fit inside your pant pocket. There are even cameras out there that allow the photographer to adjust manual settings, of shutter speed and aperture. Check out this Canon HERE.. it's the same camera I have for my vacation photos.. and I've totally fallen in love with it's features and size.
Things to photograph while on vacation:
- City at Night
- Local People
- Local Shops
- Tourist Attractions from a distance and up close
These are just my two cents, and would love to hear what you think. Maybe lend some good tips too!