Whether you head 30 or 3000 kilometres away, you'll want to bring back great photos of your vacation. The New York Times posts questions and answers on how to achieve great vacation photos.
Capturing those magic moments takes more than a great camera and equipment, the Times points out. Settings and composition plays a big part in achieving a great photo.
Q: How do you take compelling photos of your friends and family on vacation, images that have an interesting composition and don't look posed?
A: Think about the angle or point of view from which you approach the image. Once, I got a great portrait of my entire family - my wife, my two children, and myself - by taking a photo of our shadows as we walked alongside a warm-colored stucco wall. I stopped everyone and showed them our shadows, then I shot the image from the hip. The photo is a perfect silhouette, showing each person's unique shadow and body language.
The article also hits upon various camera settings—fill flash, zoom, and exposure—and why to use them, along with suggesting that the somewhat cheesy "scene" settings on point-and-shoots can actually work well.
For more ways to take great vacation shots, especially those with a wider view, be sure to check out the guidelines to taking panoramic photos with any camera. Have some vacation photo-taking tips of your own? Let us know in the comments.
How to Be a Better Photographer When on Vacation [New York Times]