Vacation Photography

Taking pictures is one of the great pleasures of vacationing. While not all of us are experts at resort photography, nearly everyone can improve their photographs they’re snapping to share with their friends and family back home by following a few simple tips.

Vacation Photography Tips

• Take advantage of sunrises and sunset: Just about anything is at its most dramatic in the warm, golden light of a rising or setting sun. It’s incredibly easy to take great photos around dawn or dusk.

• Reflections are interesting: Pools and palms trees are a tropical holiday cliché. There are ways, though, to spice up those familiar images. One of the easiest ways involves incorporating reflections. Reflections work best when you’re not taking a super wide shot and when you work some kind of framing element into the foreground.

• Photograph a familiar scene with an unfamiliar twist: Your kids have eaten ice cream cones many times before; in fact, you probably have 10 pictures of your kids eating ice cream cones. Do you have a picture of your kids eating ice cream cones on a white sand beach while the full grandeur of the Pacific Ocean surges and crashes behind them, though? Probably not. So, now’s the time to get one.

• Tilt upward: Tilting your camera or iPhone slightly up minimizes distracting foreground details and allows you to focus better upon the view.

Smartphone or Camera?

DSLR cameras may allow you to take truly outstanding photographs, but they also require you to fus with lighting, shutter speeds and lenses. By the time you’re set up for your shot, the scene you wanted to photograph may have vanished.

High-end smartphones are so much easier to use than cameras, and they contain a host of features like high dynamic range (HDR), optical stabilization and even an artificial intelligence that automatically brings the foreground of your photo into sharper focus so that you can really produce some high-quality. Smartphone photos may not be not quite as eye-catching as the ones an experienced photographer can take with a good camera, but for many of us, they’ll be good enough.