Vacation Photos

5 Simple Tips to get the Perfect Vacation Photos

The weather’s warming up, schools are out and summer has officially started! This means that the vacation season is also starting.

And while you’re on your vacation, taking pictures is a must so you can share with friends, family, and all of your followers the amazing time you’re having.

So we are here to give you some basic tips on how to take your vacation shots to the next level!

  1. Make the Most of What You Have.

A lot of people think that you need a fancy camera with an expensive setup to get good photos. While that can certainly help all you really need is your phone and a little creativity.

Most phone cameras are more sophisticated than you think. Many have a portrait mode which will give you a very professional-looking depth of field. They also have editors which allow you to make adjustments like brightness, contrast, sharpening, and more. They may even allow you to remove background objects.

Phone Photography

If you take a little time to play around with it, you can get high-quality photos without the high price setup.

  1. Compose Your Shot

Knowing just a little bit about composition will help to elevate your photos. 

The rule of thirds is a great trick to use when setting up your photo. Some cameras may have guidelines already in place but if they don’t, just imagine a tic-tac-toe board over your screen. You’re going to want to keep your subject either at the intersection of two lines are placed in line with one of them. 

Rule of Thirds

This will ensure that the eye is drawn where you want it and make your scene visually appealing.

You’re also going to want to be mindful of your subject. For a clean and professional look, you’re going to want to make sure that there’s one clear subject. Too many different subjects and your photo will look too busy.

Also, keep in mind that photos with people as the subjects are more appealing to us than just scenery. This is not to say that you can’t take landscape or scenery photos, just maybe mix it up every so often.

  1. Follow the Lighting

The lighting in your photos will make a big difference in the end product so make sure to keep an eye on how your area is lit when you take your photos.

Natural light is almost always best, so taking pictures outside, near a window, or anywhere that you can get some natural light in your photo.

If you can’t get any natural light, try to avoid using the flash function on your camera. Usually, that will result in harsh lighting. 

If you have no other choice but to use that light on your camera try instead asking someone else to hold their phone flashlight on the subject. This will allow you to control where the light goes and let you angle it so it’s not as harsh on the subject.

Golden Hour

Don’t forget Golden Hour! Golden Hour is a period of time just after sunrise and just before sunset and will give you the best natural lighting for photos. At this point, the light is softer and warmer and will give your pictures just the right amount of natural light.

  1. Don’t Underestimate Action Shots

Action shots, while they can be intimidating, can result in some of the coolest photos. Often times when people think of their subject moving, they think of blurry pictures but that’s not necessarily the case. 

Action shots can make really dynamic photos and they can be pretty easy to capture. Most cameras now (even ones on phones) have a fast enough shutter to take most of the blur out of the picture. 

Action Shots

Additionally, a lot of phone cameras have a motion setting which will allow you to capture moving subjects with relative clarity. 

You can also use the burst setting. This will take multiple photos one right after the other and then you can choose the best from the bunch.

Videos are also a good option. Take a short video of your subject moving and then you can go back and pull a screenshot of the best moment.

  1. Take Multiple Shots

When you’re looking to capture that perfect moment, don’t limit yourself to just one shot. If it’s possible take multiple shots of the same scene and choose the best one later. 

You can switch up your subject's pose or position between shots or just keep it the same. You’ll be surprised how different each photo will be even if you’re not changing anything in the picture itself.

This is especially useful for subjects that can be difficult to wrangle like children or animals.


Vacations, no matter how big or small, are times to be remembered and shared. So make sure that your physical memories, your pictures, are as magical and memorable as your time there.

If you use any of our tips on your pictures this summer, we would love to see them. Send them to us or tag us on social media!

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