On family vacations, the one thing you never forget to take is the camera. You know you are going to record precious moments that will be shared for generations to come. Even if you are not a professional photographer, you want your family vacation photos to be creative and memorable, to capture the fun you shared together. Here are some simple tricks and tips to help you take your best shot.
Tips to Taking Great Family Vacation Photos
Always have 2 charged batteries for your camera.
Consider the lighting. For outdoor photos, avoid midday sun and instead take advantage of early morning light or twilight. If you do find yourself taking mid-day photos, find a location with shrubbery, trees or anything with a dark background. Place your subject with their back to the sun. This will give you a nice glow around your subject. When taking photos indoors, consider using light from windows and lamps to brighten your shot instead of relying on the flash.
Photograph memorable details like a table setting, your children’s feet in the sand or a close-up of an exotic flower. A few close-ups make any set of photographs more interesting and will bring back the feelings you shared for a place long after you’re home.
Don’t just stage posed shots at every landmark you visit. Photographing your children when they are lost in thought or playing quietly together can make for memorable photos. If you see a candid moment you’d like to photograph, don’t call attention to yourself, quietly take as many frames as you can before being noticed.
Make sure you take some photos of the entire family. Use the timer and a tripod or ask a stranger for help so it doesn’t look as though you left dad at home.
Compose off-center shots for more dynamic photos. For example, when your toddler is running down the beach, capture her more to the left or right of center. This adds to the feeling of movement and makes the photo more interesting.
Change up the scenery. Caribbean beach shots are beautiful, but so are jungle and Mayan ruin shots. Include as many locations as possible to avoid monotony.
Add some silliness. Sometimes getting kids to smile can be a challenge, or their smiles seem staged. Don’t get frustrated. Instead, say something silly (What color under ware do crocodiles wear?) to get them genuinely laughing or even add funny props for them to interact with, like a big sombrero.
Give your kids a camera. This will give your photos new perspective and engage kids more in their vacation surroundings.
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