How To Take The Best Vacation Photos

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When you go away anywhere to travel or for a vacation, one of the things you will likely want to do is to try and record it for posterity. Being able to look back at your memories of the trip is one of life’s great joys, after all. And one of the best ways to do that is to take plenty of photographs – which, sure enough, most of us do when we are on vacation. But there is taking photographs, and then there is taking good photographs, and a lot of people never really manage to do that second thing.


If you are keen to try and take some better vacation photos, then there are a few things that you might want to bear in mind in order to achieve that. In this post, we will take a look at some of the primary things to think about as you try to take the best photos you can. You’ll find that you have much better and stronger memories of the trip as a result.

Upgrade Your Equipment

First of all, you are always going to find it easier to take better photographs if you have the right equipment. That doesn’t mean that you have to spend thousands, but you might want to think about upgrading to some better quality gear in order to produce better pictures. Just making a point of picking out a DSLR or at least a bridge camera rather than simply relying on your old school digital camera or even your phone, will really help.

In truth, for most amateurs, all that will really be necessary is a fairly standard bridge camera. It’s called a ‘bridge’ camera because it is halfway between a normal digital camera and a high-standard DSLR. This means you have many of the functions of the DSLR but without having to pay the cost of one.

Likewise, if you have a tripod, you are going to find keeping the camera steady much easier, and you’ll be able to take those group photos with everyone involved. As you can see, having the right equipment is often important and necessary, and can be a great way to ensure that you are taking much better photographs.

Be Candid

Most people would agree that the best photographs are often those that are not posed. Those candid shots that show exactly what is going on in a given moment can be really incredibly powerful, and it is these which usually indicate the kind of emotion that was genuinely going on at the time. For that reason, it’s best to try and be a little secretive, get your camera out when people are not paying much attention, and grab those candid shots. You might be surprised at just how much better those kinds of photographs are compared to the ones you plan out and shoot.

Avoid The Instagram Trends

It can be tempting to try and recreate the images that you see influencers create online. But remember that those photos are taken specifically with the aim of generating engagement, not because they are real in any way – and if you want to primarily try and remember your holiday as best as you can, then you’ll want to do something a little different. So rather than simply recreating those Instagram trends, just take the photos that you think really reflect on the vacation in question, and which feel to be more true to you and whoever you are traveling with. That is so much better all round.

Keep The Quality High

Sometimes you have to be careful with how you store photos if you want to keep the quality as high as possible – and quality is always going to be important for ensuring that you have some amazing pictures to look back on. We are now so used to trading photos online that we have forgotten the importance of quality, but the better quality photos are actually those which are going to be much better to look back on.

What this means is that you need to find a way to convert and store digital photos which does not impede on their quality. Most of the time, that means seeking out the best photo management software such as a cloud solution and simply storing photos on there. This is the best way to ensure that you are keeping that quality intact, and therefore keeping the photos as they really should be.

Learn To Frame

One of the essentials to taking good photos at any time and in any place is to ensure that you are framing them properly. This can take a while to develop the necessary skills, but it’s something that you will want to look into if you are going to improve your photographs as much as possible.

What do we mean by this? Simply that the photograph includes everything it should and excluded everything else. One rule that photographers often like to follow is known as the rule of thirds. This means that you divide the screen up into nine boxes, and then aim to have something of importance at some of the intersecting points. This can help with creating more interesting compositions.

Another option is to use a line that draws the eye away from foreground to background. This can be a very attractive way to take a photograph, and you’ll find that it’s a lot easier and simpler on the whole.

Don’t Go Shutter-Happy

Finally, a word on how much you should photograph. It can be frustrating for the people around you if you are always taking pictures, and you are not necessarily going to take better photographs this way – in fact, the opposite might be the case! So try to keep it down a little, and don’t feel that you have to fill every waking moment with taking pictures. If you can find the right balance here, it is probably going to mean that you have better memories at the end of the vacation.

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