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How to Take the Best Vacation Photos

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How to make your photos look better than ever on vacation and in general.

Jessica Nettgen

Jessica Nettgen

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1. Keep A Camera Close By

Oftentimes, the best photos are taken when people are least expecting it. Don’t just take photos of pretty flowers or  family standing in front of a famous landmark, but of the laughter and pure joy that is present while in a new or exciting place. Make sure the camera is always at hands reach for when those cherishable moments come around.

2. Look Out For Wildlife 

It’s not everyday that people get to encounter cool animals or insects, but traveling can open up that opportunity. Keep watch for new and exciting wildlife and try to capture an interesting photo. Just remember to keep some distance from wild animals and be careful not to disturb their habitats.

“I make sure I don’t hurt the environment or break any branches, even if they’re in the way,” junior Ella Maggio said.

3. Step Back and Look Around

Try not to focus just on the people who are getting their picture taken, but take a step back to get more of the fascinating background in the photo as well.

“I look for things that aren’t in Illinois like artwork, palm trees, the ocean and cool trees that aren’t around here,” Maggio said.

Also, try to have the person stand to the side so that they are not the only focal point of the photo.

4. Capture the Magic

Traveling with young children can be difficult, but seeing the expressions on their faces can make the whole thing worth it. Capture the moments that change their world, such as meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time in Disney or getting to see the clouds outside the airplane window. Remember to also capture the activities that interest them so that they can look back on them. later.

5. Stay Organized

No matter what device used to take photos, keep everything in its place. Make sure that batteries are charged and SD cards are ready to go, try not to stop shooting to fix the camera. Avoid carrying a big camera case, especially if the vacation involves a lot of walking. Stick with the camera, one or two lenses and an extra battery just in case.

6. Shoot, Shoot, Shoot 

Life can go by fast. Try not to spend too much time looking at the photos that have been taken because a good photo could be missed in the meantime. Spend time having fun with loved ones and good photos will arise from those moments.

“The pictures that you will look back at are the ones with people in it, such as friends that you went on the trip with,” junior Nolan Aschenbrener said.

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