4 Tips for Taking Vacation Photos

I always wondered how people got amazing vacation photos when they traveled. I understood seeing photos of each other, but how did they get the group shots? 

 

Here's what we usually do when we travel! 

 

1. My Gear

 

Since I know we'll be walking a lot, I try to pack light when we travel. I will admit that I do a lot of things I'm not supposed to with my gear, but I'm usually really careful in order not to break anything.  

 

My gear includes the:

 

Cameras

- Canon SL1 Camera Body (It works with all my professional lenses!)

- Canon 28mm 1.8 Lens (A cheaper alternative would be the Canon 24mm 2.8. Note: this is a prime lens that doesn't zoom)

- Canon G9X + case (The brown and silver compact camera. I zoom using this camera)

- Samsung S6

 

Accessories 

- Sandisk and Lexar Memory Cards (I usually buy the 16 and 32 GB)

- Memory card case

- Selfie stick (I bought this while I was in Japan, so I don't have the specific link. What I like is that it has the screw for me to put the G9X on. This seems to be similar on Amazon)

- Most recently, I invested in this little tripod. Technically it's for smart phones, but the screw fits into the bottom of my cameras as well. It's pretty flimsy, so I have to be extra careful, but I was looking for something that'd fit inside my backpack

- Camera wrap (I bought this while I was at Samy's Camera, but this one on Amazon looks similar. I place the SL1 inside of this)

- My Jansport backpack (I know that the camera is supposed to go inside a camera bag, but it's protected by the wrap and I make sure not to bump it against anything)

 

2. Settings

 

File Format

 

Since I edit my photos, I shoot in RAW file format, so I can edit in Lightroom later. If you don't intend to edit your photos or don't have Lightroom, I recommend shooting in JPEG (this is the default setting). 

 

For video, my settings are 1080 at 30 fps (frames per second). 

 

3. Tripod or Flat Surface

Sometimes I'll bring my tripod when we have a car, but we don't always have that luxury. In those cases, I'll set my camera on top of a flat surface and set the self-timer on my camera.

 

4. A Kind Stranger 

 

We sometimes ask a kind stranger to take our photos. I'll put in the camera settings, and have them take the shot. Usually we ask someone who we see holding a DSLR or a family/couple who looks like they'd like their photo taken as well and do a photo exchange. 

 

5. Selfie

When all else fails, you can always take a good old fashioned selfie!

 

I hope this post helps! If you want to step up your photo game, be sure to get my 3 Tips to Taking Light & Airy Photos on ANY Camera guide below :)

 

 

 

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