Everyone enjoys a good vacation, and as spring creeps around the corner, for many, travel is on the mind. Whether it’s a stay-cation in your own city, a jaunt to a nearby bed & breakfast, or a trip around the world, we want to share the best tips for snapping the perfect vacation photo this season.
There are various quotes about the importance of taking time to “enjoy the journey” and not worrying so much about the destination. While these quotes apply to life in general, they also apply to capturing authentic travel photos. To load up on the clichés: take time to stop and smell the roses, veer off the beaten path, and embrace even the bumps in your journey because it’s those in-between moments that really tell your travel story. The best photos are the ones that capture the attention of your audience and make them wish they were there.
Tickle the senses
Although scratch and sniff images don’t exist yet online, the digital age makes anything possible. In the meantime, our next tip revolves around drawing people into an image by capturing moments that engage your senses. Whether it’s the culture, the food, the atmosphere, the movement, or the energy of a particular place – use your camera to engage with the sights, sounds, and textures that encompass your destination. Doing this draws in viewers to imagine the experience you’re having, and may ultimately lead them to taking a vacation similar to yours.
Keep it in perspective
As many know, it’s not enough anymore to snap a pic of a sunset from your vacation and call it a day. Your audience wants to see more, and usually from a different perspective than what is considered routine. Take a second to mull over what your photo would look like if you took it from a different angle than usual. Say, from the hood of your car, low to the ground, peeking through leaves of grass, or with your lens just above the waves.
Additionally, there are also times that it is difficult to capture the size, depth, or grandeur of a particular place or monument. To solve for this, consider adding a person or object to the photo to really capture the majesty of what you have witnessed in visiting a particular site – it will make the impact of your photo all the more spectacular.
Tilt your camera
When taking a picture of a sunset, the horizon should be straight. But when it comes to buildings, it’s perfectly all right to tilt your camera to create a new angle. Don’t be afraid, not everything has to be placed perfectly aligned in the center of the frame.
Just don’t do it part way. If you opt for an uncommon perspective, do it all the way. That is to say let the observer understand that you tilted the camera on purpose, and that the building is not accidentally inclined either to the left or right.
Incorporate the surroundings
When sightseeing we are never alone. There will always be other tourists around. Thus getting a clear shot with no one in the picture is often impossible. What you can do instead is to incorporate other people into your composition.
It’s actually quite a lot of fun to photograph other people taking pictures. You add another story and layer to your images: a picture within a picture.
Frame within a frame
Holes, doorways or windows are perfect elements to use as other frames within the frame of your camera. This way you can add another dimension and more depth to your images making them appear almost three-dimensional.
Strategically post to social media for the most traction
This is probably the most obvious use of vacation photos that may not seem worthy of even being mentioned, but hear me out.
If you aspire to have your photos viewed by more than just your current followers, you’ll have to be more strategic in how you post your images. This means adding hashtags and tagging tourism-related businesses that relate to your photos. Think airlines, tourism boards, local Instagram communities.