TRAVEL SECRETS AND TIPS
|Photography Tips While
by Robert Bezman
Whether youre embarking on a family
vacation or your family reunion, its
going to be a special time. When we think
of trips weve taken, we tend to remember
them best with photographs. Heres some
ideas to enhance your vacation as well as
your memories of them.
Since you know where youre going (that's
a minimum requirement), doesnt it make
sense to check out the location before you
get there? Create a list of attractions, accommodations,
special points of interest, amusement areas,
shopping, etc. A good source to help you do
this is: the Places and Travel section of
msn.com ( http://groups.msn.com/Browse?CatId=179)
Figure out the photo opportunities for each
appropriate venue. Anyone can take a thats
nice picture of the kids at an amusement
park. Wouldnt you rather capture a WOW
photo that could be hung over the mantle?
Depending on the location youre traveling
to, you can see what books are written about
them that highlight the best photo opportunities
for the entire area
If youre cyber-savvy, start at www.google.com
and search using different combinations of:
your destination, best photography locations,
for images of the location, scenic spots,
etc. The options are endless.
If youre off to a non-big city area,
scout out the national parks in the area.
The great thing about national parks is that
the scenery is usually so breathtaking, that
a so-so shot looks outstanding, just because
of the subject. Once in www.nps.gov, do a
search on photos and you will be presented
with terrific shots of all the parks
OK, youre either traveling through or
youre at a wonderful location full of
photo opportunities. You began this leg of
your trip at the crack of dawn and as youre
pulling into the most scenic overlook for
400 miles, the sun is just starting to crack
You instinctively pull the car over, grab
your camera and your tripod, and look for
the best spot to set up. Just one tiny little
YOU FORGOT YOUR TRIPOD! Rather
than smack yourself on the forehead then,
why not plan these things now, before you
Your list should include AT LEAST the following
Do I need to repeat BRING YOUR TRIPOD?
It doesnt take up much room, and as
explained at www.best-family-photography-tips.com/tripod-photography.html,
tripods allow you to capture entirely new
categories of photographs that wont
be possible without one
Memory. Of course, bring all the memory you
have, but also pack your portable storage
device (explained at http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com/digital-photography-tutorial.html)
If your camera has a hot shoe, bring your
external flash, and any additional equipment
that can be used to help with bounce flash
Remember your external shutter release cable
for those long exposures. How else are you
going to get that angel-hair look
of the waterfalls?
Dont forget the basics like: batteries,
battery charger, camera bag, and additional
lenses and filters (if applicable on your
And just in case you need it, bring the manuals
for your equipment.
Finally, dont get so wrapped up in taking
perfect shots that you dont enjoy the
trip. Remember to use the tripod so that you'll
be in at least some of the photos.
Article courtesy of www.best-family-photography-tips.com,
where you can see some sample pictures including
more photography tips. Copyright 2023 Robert
Bezman. All rights reserved.
About The Author
Robert Bezman is a professional photographer
and owner of Custom Photographic Expressions.
Robert has created www.best-family-photography-tips.com
to help the digital photography users create
better photographs. Robert has a blog at http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com/family-photography-news.html.