It’s summertime…and the living is easy! This is the time of year for spending more time outside, soaking up those blessed, golden rays of sunshine and hitting the beach.
Of course, it’s also the time of year when you’re likely going on vacation, meaning vacation photography takes center stage after many months of you working hard and keeping your nose to the grindstone. So naturally, you deserve some time off!
You’ll want to bring your trusty digital camera along—that goes without saying. You’ll not only want to treasure your vacation experiences for a long time to come, but you’ll also want to share your vacation photos with your friends and family (whether they like it or not).
Even though you’re on vacation, you can always learn something while you’re relaxing, especially if it has to do with photography. To many people, taking great vacation shots is a challenge…just look through the average photo album, and you’ll see exactly what we mean! Don’t be one of those people who goes on a great vacation, only to return with sub-par vacation pictures! Soak up the following tips to improve your vacation photographs.
1. Take Pictures in Transitional Weather
Transitional weather is defined as weather that is changing at the moment, such as inclement weather. Taking vacation photography shots in dynamic weather provides enjoyable intrigue, ambiance and even texture to your shots. For instance, if you begin snapping away right when a rainstorm begins, you’ll get interesting light effects that are ideal for dramatic snapshots. The dark cloud wall and patches of clear sky will infuse massive visual contrast in your pictures, making for a somewhat surreal story.
You should study the weather patterns of your destination before you go on vacation. An ideal site to help you is the Weather Channel’s site. Also come up with methods to involve the weather, precipitation and clouds into your pictures; this will add a sense of location to your shots. Factors like broken clouds, overcast days and partial sun can turn a regularly photographed area into one with a highly unique perspective.