Vacations are precious moments that most of us want to capture and immortalize with our cameras. Sure, we can take a casual selfie and not worry too much about lighting and composition. But sometimes the scenery, attraction or event warrants a more thoughtful approach. Relatively few people have much of a knack for photography, and digital cameras today are almost fool-proof when it comes to the basics. However, it doesn’t hurt to learn a few tricks to better your pics. Whether you’re running a travel blog or you simply want some memorable images to share with your friends and family back home, these tips for better vacation photos should help you point and shoot like a pro.
1. Get the Right Time of Day
Most people aren’t too keen on getting up early when they’re on vacation, but the break of dawn is usually the best time to take photos. There will be fewer tourists around, and the sunrise can make for some beautiful lighting. Another magical time of day for photos is during sunset. Generally, shots taken 20 minutes prior to sun rise and 20 minutes after the sun set presents rich colors, compelling glows and flattering hues whether you’re focusing on people or nature. It’s the so-called “golden hour”, as opposed to high noon sun which tends to wash things out. If your camera takes decent pictures at night, feel free to experiment with nocturnal photography too.