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It happens all the time. You work hard to plan a great vacation; you see memorable sights, have a terrific time and take plenty of pictures. But when you actually see the pictures, they’re a bit disappointing. Some are too light or too dark, others just don’t capture the moment quite as vividly as you remember it.
Don’t despair. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take good travel pictures. These tips from the real pros can help you take pictures you can be proud of.
Keep It Simple. Trying to cram too much visual information into the picture is like trying to cram too much stuff into a suitcase – you end up with a confusing mess. Instead, photographers for Fodor’s say to keep it simple. They say that a good photograph – travel or otherwise – should have a single subject or idea with as little clutter as possible.
Balance. When taking pictures of friends or family members in your vacation spot, try to strike a balance between a picture of them and a picture of a place. National Geographic pros recommend showing enough of a person to be able to recognize him or her, but not to be so close-up that there’s no context and you can’t tell where they are.