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Photography tips while traveling

Whether you’re going on a family vacation or your family reunion, it’s going to be a special time. When we think of them as we travel, we remember them best, including photographs. Here are some great ideas to enhance your vacation as well as your memories

Location preparation

1) Since you know where you are going (this is a minimum requirement) is it not understandable to check the location before you get there? Make a list of attractions, accommodations, special attractions, recreation areas, shopping, etc. A good source to help you do this is: MSN.com’s Locations and Travel section ( [http://groups.msn.com/Browse?CatId=179])

2) Find photo opportunities for each suitable occasion. Anyone can take a “great” picture of the kids at the amusement park. Wouldn’t you rather capture a “WWW” photo that can hang on the mantle?

3) Depending on the place you are traveling, you may find that there are books written about them that highlight the best photo opportunities for the whole region.

4) If you’re cyber-savvy, start at http://www.google.com and search using a variety of combinations: options for your destination, best photography locations, location images, natural spots, etc. are endless.

5) If you move to a non-large city area, explore the area’s national parks. The great thing about national parks is that the scenery is often breathtaking

Outstanding, just because of the subject. Once at http://www.nps.gov, search for photos and you’ll be presented with horrific shots of all the parks

Photography preparation

Okay, you’re either traveling or you’re in a great place full of photo opportunities. You started this journey at the crack of dawn and you are pulling in the most beautiful view 400 miles away, the sun has started to crack the horizon.

You instinctively pull the car, grab your camera and your tripod and look for the best spot to set up. Just a small problem … you forgot your tripod! Then instead of pushing yourself to the forehead, why not plan these things now before you leave?

Your list should include at least the following considerations …

1) Do I need to repeat – bring your tripod? It doesn’t take up much space, and as explained at http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com/tripod-photography.html, tripods allow you to capture photographs of entirely new categories that would not be possible without one

2) Memory. Of course, bring all your memory, but also pack your portable storage device (http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com/digital-photography-tutorial explained in html)

3) If you have any hot shoes on your camera, your external flash and any additional equipment that can be used to help the bounce flash

4) Remember your external shutter release cable for those long exposures. And how are you going to get that “angel-hair” look of the waterfall?

5) Don’t forget the basics like: batteries, battery chargers, camera bags and extra lenses and filters (if applicable to your camera)

6) And bring the manuals for your tools if you need.

Lastly, don’t be bound to take the perfect shot in such a way that you won’t enjoy the trip. Be sure to use the tripod so you stay in at least a few photos.

Article courtesy of Best Family Photography Tips.com, where you can see a few sample images with more photography tips.

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