Have you ever come back after a great trip and started to go over your vacation photos, only to feel a little bit disappointed by them? In some cases the quality may not be that great, or in others they may not really capture the experience that you know you had.
The good news is that you don’t need an expensive camera or professional gear to snap good photos while you’re on vacation. Instead all you really need is a few good tips:
- Use the golden hour
Try to make it a point to make full use of the golden hour, which is about an hour after dawn and about an hour before sunset. The lighting conditions will be exceptional and the sky will look amazing – providing you with a great setting for outdoor photos.
- Keep the camera still
It can be hard to hold the camera perfectly still when you’re in the middle of a crowd or on the road – but you should always try. Be sure to grip your camera with both hands, and find ways to give your arms additional support – or rest them against your sides.
If you have one a portable travel tripod or monopod could work wonders as well.
- Vary your subjects
Don’t just capture photos of the scenery and landmarks while you’re on vacation. Find other things to snap photos of, such as the local people, wildlife, cuisine, and so on. The goal should be for your photos to tell the story of your vacation – from all angles.
- Learn the camera settings
Getting to know your camera (no matter how basic it may be) can make a world of difference. Typically you should be able to at least lock the focus and control the exposure – and that alone can help you to take far more impressive shots.
- Get up close and personal
As far as possible try not to use the zoom on your camera, and make it a habit to move yourself closer to the subject instead. That will reveal a lot more detail, and you could even fill the frame with the subject to come up with a unique photo.
- Try out different perspectives
Most beginners capture photos from the same perspective: Frontal and at eye-level. If you want your photos to be a bit more unique, you should mix it up and try out other perspectives, such as from ground-level, overhead, or at a different angle.
It can be a big help to be able to edit your photos, and Movavi Photo Editor for Mac will be perfect for that. No photo editing software for Mac is as user-friendly, and with it you could crop the frame, remove elements from the composition, enhance the quality of your photos, fix any issues, apply filters, and more.
Between all these tips you should have more than enough to work with the next time you go on vacation. If possible don’t wait till then though, and start practicing early on so that by the time you do go on vacation you’re all set and ready to capture some great shots.