The biggest rookie mistake is to buy a new camera before a vacation and not take the time you need to set it up.
“Get to know your camera before you leave. This will minimize stressful troubleshooting and give you more confidence to take great photos during your trip,” says Katz.
Whether you’re waiting to see the Pope, heading to Sochi for the Winter Games or just taking a ski trip or theme park weekend with your family, there’s a lot of action you and your camera don’t want to miss.
But for the best photos you might want to do more than what the pros call “pray and spray,” aka, firing as many shots as you can without setting them up, and hoping for the best.
“The temptation is to shoot everything. Pretend like you only have 32 frames. That alone will mentally slow you down,” recommends Koh.
In the time it takes to capture 32 frames, you definitely have time to slow down and set up one or two really good shots.
Another mantra from Koh is to always be prepared. You never want to see a great opportunity when the camera is in the bag. Not only should you have your camera out, but have it ready so all you have to do is lift it to your eye and shoot the picture. You miss so much when you’re playing around with settings.
What’s cool is the camera almost acts like a teacher. Both the cropped image and the original image are saved, so not only do you have options, but you can work to improve your composition over time.
Of course, you shouldn’t just rely on your camera for your composition lessons. Here are a few lessons we can all follow from Koh.
Koh’s Simple Rules for Great Shots:
- Take advantage of where you are when the light is gentle and warm. If your backdrop isn’t picture perfect, don’t sweat it.
- Get in closer. Take a quick look at your frame. If anything in it doesn’t accentuate the story you need to tell you need to move in closer.
- Take a second to make sure there aren’t any distractions in the background.
- Have your family NOT face the sun. It’s better to use flash or camera apps to lighten the shot than have everyone squinting in the cameras. However, watch out for that evil pop up flash. In most cases, turn it off as it really dilutes skin color.
- Plan ahead for what to wear. Stay away from logos and anything that would take attention away.
- Leave empty space in the frame on the side of the action, this helps accentuates the story. Mix it up with big live shots and getting in super close.
Keep reading for more tips on how to take travel photos.
By Courtney Crockett for PeterGreenberg.com