5 Easy Tips For Returning Home With Great Vacation Photographs
by Travel Photojournalist,
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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