It's SUMMER and that means VACATION!
Vacation in my house growing up came around once a summer. My dad was a teacher so he had the summers off and we would pack up our car and head to some out of state location like Disneyland in Florida or the mountain tops of Colorado. Wherever we went, my mom brought her trusty dusty 35mm camera with her. This is where my love for photography came about.
After each vacation she would print the best photos at Wal-Mart and put them in an album for us to cherish whenever we wanted. I would spend HOURS looking through those albums reminiscing about our trips and recognizing the power of photography. These memories were captured in time and they would never happen again! That's powerful stuff!
Now we (Stacey and I) leave our DSLRs at home when we go on vacation ... because we use them for work ... but we always have our trusty dusty iPhones with us! Here are just a few quick tips to taking better vacation photos with any camera you have available.
1. Shoot INTO the sun!
Believe it or not shooting into the sun might make your photos waaaay better! Look at the photo above. Cool lens flare coming and contrasting shadows make this fairly simple location look dramatic and cool!
2. Shoot LOW! (Different Angles)
Don't just shoot straight on. Try different angles! Get on your hands and knees if you have to... get a *gasp* selfie stick (Who cares?!) Sometimes the coolest shots come from the weirdest angles!
3. Shoot early in the morning or at Golden Hour
I dunno if getting up early is your idea of vacation, but there are 2 great times to shoot... when the sun rises and when the sun sets. The colors are amazing and there's a good 30 - 45 minutes of what we call Golden Hour where just shooting at this time of day will make your photos look amazing.
4. Put subjects in the foreground.
Perspective and foreground are when you know you've reached another level of photography. Start adding perspective to your photos by putting a subject in the foreground. Notice the photo of the boat above and the Golden Gate Bridge. The boat helps you recognize the scale of the bridge while also connecting you to it via the body of water. You could do this with flowers, a beer, whatever!
5. Enjoy the moment!
Make sure you enjoy the moment! Vacation is a time to unplug, detach and reconnect with yourself. Capture memories, create cool photographs but don't forget to be engaged with those around you and to soak up the culture of where you are. Your photos will be on your device later to share, print and reminisce. Live in the moment and have fun!
Have a great summer and ENJOY your Vacations!!