How do you capture your vacation? How do you like to take pictures? As I went through the pictures from our trip, I found some common threads/techniques which I’ll share below.
Don’t think of me as some fantastic photographer when you look at these. We like to take the shotgun approach. I am not a professional.
By the time we got home, we had taken 7 gigs of pictures. That’s 7 gigabytes of pictures.
Here are just a few.
A.K.A. the “of course” pictures or “the good stuff.” These pictures are self-explanatory.
Sometimes you should do the opposite of taking a step back. Take a step forward and stop trying to capture the entire scene and just get one thing.
I’ll remember what we ate, but it’s fun to show people. I don’t take pictures of every meal, just a few here and there.
You may be at a site wishing you could get a picture without all of the people in it. It may actually be better to get someone in the picture to show perspective. It’s hard to explain to people just how gigantic some of the sites really were.
Every Day Things, Life
Sometimes random, these are every day things that you might not normally take a picture of. Looking back, they make the photo collection interesting (I might be the only one who doesn’t get tired of looking at ancient Egyptian temples).
As it Happens
I took quite a few pictures while we were waiting around for something. It’s fun to show what we were watching.
Much like getting perspective, it’s fun to juxtapose two things in the picture. I find it makes the subject much more interesting.
Where We Stayed
I’ll remember our hotels, but I’m sure people would rather see pictures than me trying to describe it to them.
Points of Reference
I take pictures of signs all the time. I think it breaks up the string of scenery pictures when I show them to people and helps convey what we were seeing.
If it’s acceptable to take pictures in markets and stores, I go for it. It’s such a fun way to show the buzz of how an area works.
We Were There!
After a couple of trips, I realized I wasn’t getting enough pictures of ourselves! I never hesitate now to take a tripod or ask someone to take our picture.
Thanks for giving me an excuse to share my pictures!
Thanks for sharing these pictures and tips! Looks like you two had a fabulous time!
Thanks! Congratulations again on your new addition!
Wow, Nat, what an incredible, incredible trip. The photos are wonderful- thank you so much for sharing them!
Thanks for looking and letting me share!
I saw your link on Show and Tell Saturday. I went to Egypt about 6 years ago and you have made me incrediably nostalgic. This is a beautiful post with great tips.
Thanks! It was our first time there and it was an incredible experience!
Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing trip. Your photos are fantastic. Great tips too! I was very lucky to go to Europe last year – I took almost 1,000 photos but looking back, I wish I had more! No trips for me in the near future but these are tips that can be incorporated into every day photo taking as well. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! It was a trick to balance capturing everything with just stopping to take it in. I love the pictures that you’ve posted of your trip last year! I’m pretty new to vacation pages, so I’d love to get ideas.
Oh Wow! Your vacation photos are absolutely amazing! Each photo I said to myself “oh, I like that one”, but you are right the last one is the best 🙂 Thank you for your comments on my blog, I just read the article about the Buena Vista… that would be a tragedy… !
Thanks! I loved your pictures as well! We’ll be near Fisherman’s Wharf next weekend and we are going to have to stop by the Buena Vista.