Travel Photography Tips How to Take Good Photos

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Taking good pictures on your family vacation is pretty easy when you know some basic photography skills. In this article, you will find seven travel photography tips that will help you take some fantastic travel pictures that you'll enjoy for years to come.

Add Some Drama
You can add interest and visual appeal to your pictures by adding some drama to your pictures. If you want to add drama to your pictures one way is to show scale. You can do this by adding people or natural features to your photographs of big things like monuments, landscapes or the world's biggest Redwood.

Clean up the Clutter
When you're seeing exciting new things, it's easy to ignore the background. But before you hit the shutter release button, look at what you're really photographing. Simply by changing positions slightly or changing your angle, you may be able to eliminate background clutter like billboards or power lines.

Take Pictures of the Locals
No matter where you are traveling, learn how to say, "May I take your picture please?" in the local language. Offer to send those you photograph a copy so make sure to have a small notebook or pencil to jot down names, addresses or emails.

Candid and Unique
Candid pictures are great when traveling but don't forget to take the occasional portrait of the the family in front of a special landmark or beautiful scenery. Use the self-timer or remote shutter on the camera so you can hop into the picture too.

Always take pictures of things that interest you instead of taking pictures of things "you have to take" like those shown on postcards in the gift store. You can always buy some postcards to add to your travel souvenirs and save the really unique subjects for your photographs. Unusual subjects always make great travel photos so always keep an eye out for these unique photo opportunities.

Every Photo Has a Story
You may want to tell your vacation story by using your photographs from the time you departed to your return home so make sure to capture these moments too. Include special vacation highlights like a fun activity you did, new friends you made or the place you stayed. Once you get home and look at all of the pictures, select those pictures that best reflect your trip and frame them on your wall to remember.

Recruit Additional Picture Taking Help
If traveling with kids, hand each child a camera (disposables are great for the younger ones) and encourage them to take pictures for their own vacation album.

Then when you return home you can create a fun photo album to remember your vacation. Make sure to take notes while on your trip, so you'll have everything you need to write photo captions after you get home.

Camera Care and Maintenance
If you have any plans for being around water, make sure to bring a one time use or waterproof camera.The salt water and sand from the beach can seriously damage or ruin your camera so be extra careful no matter what type of camera you're using.

Remember that not every picture will turn out good as even the seasoned photographer will take some bad pictures from time to time. The best solution is to bring extra memory cards and have a way to upload your photos each day while you're away.

And don't forget to prepare your camera for the next day by recharging the batteries and replacing the memory card. By doing this, you'll be ready to go in the morning!

As you can see, taking good pictures on your vacation can be easy and fun. By the time you get home, you'll have lots of great pictures to share with your friends and family.

Autumn Lockwood is a writer for Your Picture Frames and loves photos and frames. Your Picture Frames offers a huge selection of photo frames in a wide variety of colors, sizes, styles so you'll always find exactly what you want. If you're looking for stylish squares or wood panorama frames visit our website or call us at 1-800-780-0699.

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