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Photo Op: tips for photo taking while on vacation
Photo Op: tips for photo taking while on vacation

The date that you’ve had circled on your calendar for months is almost here – VACATION! Travel arrangements are all set. Clothes, shoes and toiletries are packed. Now it’s time to take care of a few remaining details, including a very crucial element, your camera! So before you set out, brush up on these camera prep tips and shooting steps that’ll help improve the quality of your vacay photos and leave your friends green with envy.

Checklist:
Camera
Camera bag/carrying case
Batteries or battery charger
Film or digital media storage cards
Additional camera accessories (tripod, lenses etc)

Pre-Vacay
– Get to know your camera if you’re not already familiar with all of its features. Practice using it to get a good idea of what it can do.

– There are a few features that you should know how to quickly operate: flash settings (on/off), red eye reduction and quick-action pre-programmed modes. After all, you don’t want to miss that all-important shot!

– Buy a camera carrying case. Not only will it protect your camera while traveling, but it will also help you keep tabs on it. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a case, Target has some really cute cases starting at just $9.99.

– Pack your camera and accessories, including plenty of media storage cards and extra batteries. Remember items such as tripods, battery chargers and lenses.

– Pack one-time use or waterproof cameras if you’re going to be near the ocean. The salt water and sand could possibly damage or ruin your camera so be extra careful.

While on Vacay
– Take as many pics as you can. The more you take, the better your chances of capturing a lot of great shots.

– Take lots of candid shots to capture the fun but also throw in the occasional portraits in front of spectacular views and landmarks.

– Experiment with different angles by moving around. Add drama by showing scale.

– Zoom in on the subjects in your photos so that their faces are visible. Include only as much of the background as is needed. Pay attention to the scene you are shooting.

– Avoid shooting scenery between 10am and 2pm. You’ll capture the best light from sunrise – 9am and 3pm – sunset. Cloudy days are your friend and remember to keep the sun at your back.

– Before you click, look at what you’re really photographing. Moving a few feet could possibly eliminate unwanted clutter like street signs, power lines or people.

– Don’t stress if things don’t look perfect. You can always improve your digital photos after you get home. Use image-editing software to crop, eliminate red-eye and correct lighting problems.

– If you’re going to be flying, check TSA’s “Traveling with Film” site for the most up to date information.

– And finally, don’t forget to prepare your camera every night. Recharge the batteries and replace the memory card. This way you’ll be ready to go every morning!

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