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Tips to take great travel photos
Tell a story
It’s your vacation, so tell your story. Everyone has seen scenic photos of the St. Louis Arch, Old Faithful, and other major landmarks, so while you should feel free to go ahead and take those picturesque shots, make sure you get a couple that have your own twist to it.
Through two main focal points, you can see that the subject is on a canoe and heading to Boston, telling the story of that day's activity.
Aside from the standard group shot, take photos that prove that you were there; a photo behind the group as they climb a mountain, that moment of frustration while waiting in line, or perhaps someone merely attempting to pack an already full car.
Capture the best and worst of your journey – either way, you'll be laughing about it later. Here, you can see the distress by the subject’s gestures, while also telling the location, after she was in a car accident.
Photos that literally say where you are, through signage or landmarks immediately have impact. Ultimately you want to capture slices of life that span over the entire trip, building a visual narrative that tells a story so well that it could go with little or no explanation.
Sometimes, such as this frame, you can literally show the viewer where the subject is.
Get ready
Prepare, before you even head out the door
Paparazzi style
Shoot, and shoot a lot
Tell a story
It's your vacation, so tell your story
Composition
Capture the moment within a rectangular frame
Angle
A special angle can make your photo distinctive
Color
Bright colors will make your photos pop
Depth
Lead the viewer through the image
Light
Use the way light reflects to your advantage
Zoom
More than just enlarging an image
Panoramas
Capture it all -- in one frame
Edit
Enhance and edit your photos
Share
No need to keep the snapshots to yourself
Print the guide
Print it out and take it on the road

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