New Photo Tips Series

This is going to be the first in a series of a few articles on tips to help you get better travel and vacation photos. In this article I’m  not going to go much into actual tips as talk a little about philosophy and approach to making photos.

Keep in mind that the best camera is the one you have with you. If that means the camera in your smartphone, then make the most of it. You can get some good photos with a smartphone camera, you just need to understand the limitations of the equipment you’re working with. I read a study recently that said over 1/4 of all photos taken are now being taken on a smartphone.  In the next article in the series I’ll talk about smartphones and how to use them to make the best of what you’ve got.

The other thing to keep in mind is that you’re traveling.  You’re probably traveling because you’re on vacation.  And while you may be a hardcore photography nut like me, chances are you’re not traveling alone (unlike me).  Ignoring friends and family for the sake of the 25th macro photo of that interesting flower from the 20th different angle is a surefire way to get your traveling companions irked.  When you’re out and about with your friends or family, pay more attention to them and to the companionship and sharing of the travel experience.  Smell the proverbial roses.  Include them in your photo making.  If you’ve got time planned for the kids to be at the pool for an hour or so, that’s when you can strike out on your own to go photo-crazy.  Or if you’re married and your husband or wife has personal time scheduled somewhere, you can use that time to go out and do your thing.

So come back in a few days for the next instalment on making the most of your smartphone photos and then we’ll move forward from there with other neat tips and tricks.

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