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5 Easy Tips For Returning Home With Great Vacation Photographs

by Travel Photojournalist,
Ellen Barone

1. Keep your camera handy

Some of the best images happen when you least expect them, especially when traveling through interesting or unique terrain.

2. Get focused

Ask yourself what about the scene attracts you? Is it the sun-drenched vistas of ancient olive groves and terraced vineyards? Or a riot of red geraniums pushing out from balcony window boxes? Exclude anything that doesn’t capture your attention.

3. Get out there

Get up early, stay out late. If you’re with a group, rather than taking the van back hang around a bit. Use any spare time to look for photographs. The additional effort discovering the place will enrich your experience.

4. Don’t be shy

If you approach people with an open heart, they’ll usually be happy to have their picture made. Joke around a little. Show genuine interest in their life. At the very least, learn how to say “hello” and “May I make a photograph” in the local language. Most of all, relax and enjoy the exchange. If you feel comfortable, so will they.

5. Compose creatively

Remember to shoot from different positions. Get elevated, or low. Move in close. Move right or left for a different perspective. If you can without being intrusive, put yourself right in the midst of the swirling dancers, bagpipers,  white water rapids, café kitchen, etc. And, don’t forget to look behind you. Sometimes it’s the best shot!

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".