My Top 10 Vacation Photo Tips

There’s nothing better to remember a vacation than some great pictures. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to freeze memorable vacation moments in time.

Here are some tips for taking great photos on vacation



  1. Use the right equipment: Bring a good quality camera, whether it’s a DSLR, mirrorless, or even just your smartphone. Make sure you have the right lenses, filters, and accessories to get the shots you want.
  2. Take advantage of natural light: Early morning or late afternoon is often the best time to capture stunning photos. The golden hour, when the sun is low on the horizon, can provide soft, warm light that creates a beautiful, flattering glow.
  3. Experiment with composition: Don’t always place the subject in the center of the frame. Try different angles, perspectives, and rule of thirds to add interest and depth to your photos.
  4. Pay attention to details: Don’t forget to capture the small details that make your trip unique, such as street signs, menus, or architecture. These details can help tell the story of your trip and give context to your photos.
  5. Be mindful of your surroundings: When taking photos of people or places, be respectful of the people and culture. Ask for permission if necessary, and be aware of any signs or restrictions on photography.
  6. Capture candid moments: Not all photos have to be posed. Candid shots can be some of the most memorable and authentic, capturing real emotions and experiences.
  7. Edit your photos: Once you’ve taken your shots, take the time to edit them to enhance their beauty. Adjust the exposure, contrast, and color, and use filters or presets to give them a consistent look and feel.
  8. Backup your photos: Make sure you have a backup system in place, such as uploading your photos to the cloud or copying them to an external hard drive. You don’t want to lose your precious memories.
  9. Don’t forget to take pictures of people: You can Google a picture of The Grand Canyon, but you can’t Google your kids’ reactions to it.Take the time to focus on the people you’re with and the memories you’re making.
  10. Let someone else take some pictures: There is nothing worse than looking back at vacation pictures and discovering you aren’t in any of them.  

Don’t forget to enjoy the moment!

Put down the camera and enjoy the moment.

Sometimes the best memories are the ones that aren’t captured on film.


Sara is the owner of Platinum Travel and specializes in creating luxury, customized, stress free vacations for people who want to see the world and all things Disney.
She also owns Autism Friendly Vacations where she helps families who have a member on the Autism spectrum get the vacation they deserve. Visit for more information.
You can reach her at 414-377-8611 or to start planning your vacation today.

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