Take Vacation Photos Like a Pro

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June 15, 2015

Best BuyStaff Writer

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Summer’s finally here, and that means it’s time for vacation.

You’ll probably want to take pictures while you’re traveling and relaxing, and you’ll want those photos to be high quality, especially if it’s a once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

With today’s technology, you don’t have to be a professional to get pro-quality photo results. Check out this advice from Best Buy Blue Shirts for capturing the perfect moment on your trip.

Basic tips:

  • Set your resolution to high.
  • Use the Auto mode.
  • Try shooting from different angles.
  • Zoom in!
  • If you’re shooting outdoors, be careful not to take photos of people when the sun is at their backs.

For action photos:

  • Use a high shutter speed or put your camera into Sports
  • Adjust your ISO setting to a higher number if you need more speed.
  • Use a telephoto or long zoom lens to get closer to the action.

For close-ups:

  • Zoom in to see things you wouldn’t normally see by glancing quickly.
  • Try various angles to shoot objects from different perspectives.
  • When shooting close-ups you want to think about finding patterns in the subject matter.
  • Use a tripod to steady your camera.

For photos in low light:

  • Turn off the flash to capture what your eye is seeing.
  • Use a tripod, brace yourself or rest the camera on something solid to reduce camera shake.
  • Push the shutter gently and smoothly, and you’re more likely to get blur-free photos.
  • Turn on “Image Stabilization,” if available, to help at low shutter speeds.
  • To get a faster shutter speed, raise the ISO or use the widest aperture possible.

For pictures of people:

  • Put people off-center in the picture.
  • With several people, pose them so their heads are at different levels.
  • In daytime, use flash to fill in the shadows.
  • Bring the person closer to you and use a wide-angle lens to include the environment in the background.
  • Have the person turn slightly away from you.