Vacation Photography Tips
An essential part of every trip is creating a collection of photographs. Follow these tips and you’ll produce great images.

Photography Tips

An essential part of every trip is creating a collection of photographs that become the memories you keep of your destination and that you can share with your family and friends. Surely we needn’t say that any camera or device that has one is useful, regardless of its cost or quality, but DINKtravelers wants to offer you a few tips that will help you create special photographs.

The Best Time to Take Photos

The first thing you should consider is the hour at which you take the pictures. If you’re photographing a landscape, whether it’s a beach, a mountain, a desert or a jungle, the best time to create the photos will be in the morning, half an hour before sunrise and until 10:00, when the sun hasn’t reached it’s highest point. In the evenings, take the pictures from 17:00 until half an hour past sunset. During those hours light is soft so it doesn’t generate intense contrasts or shadows. Now, if you’re at a special event at noon, use a lens hood, and at night, avoid using flash, whenever there’s artificial light.

Photography Framing Tips

A good photographer’s virtue is to be able to create harmonious compositions, especially in travel photography; that is, that the elements are well placed within the frame. If you take a picture with people in it, ask them to move as much as needed –or do it yourself– to keep them from covering the background and guaranteeing that you get an even distribution of the elements. Keep the horizon line on the first third (on the higher half) or the last third (the lower half) of the picture.

If you have a tripod, check the framing and focus. You’ll see that it’s worth using it because it will help you avoid blurry pictures, particularly at night.

Camera effects

Nowadays practically every gadget with a camera includes certain features that can help you create original ideas. Cellphones, for example, have the slow motion and timelapse functions to create video. The former helps you record details like the movement of waves, while the latter is ideal to video-record a long and paused scene, such as a sunset, that is then summarized in a short lapse recording. For this feature we recommend using a small tripod on which you can fix your phone.

If you have a professional or reflex camera and you know how to use the shutter speed and the diaphragm, fix the camera on a tripod, slightly close the diaphragm, choose a slow shutter speed, focus the image and program the shot. This way you’ll keep fixed objects focused, but as you take continuous shots you’ll be able to capture the movement of passers by and of clouds.

Practice these tips and enjoy creating memories.

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