Taking Great Photos on your Winter Vacation

A winter vacation provides a much needed escape from the freezing cold temperatures and ice and snow. But it also provides a great opportunity to hone your photography skills and take some great photos to enjoy when you return home. Not only do you have nothing else to do on your vacation but relax and take photos, the new scenery that you visit with your family or friends gives you an endless supply of great subjects for your photos.

Getting your camera to your vacation spot is a little more involved than just throwing it in your suitcase or carry-on bag. It’s a good idea to spend some time in advance of your trip getting your equipment prepared and deciding what you are going to take with you. You definitely don’t want to be rushing around the night before an early flight searching your house for memory cards and battery chargers. If you own more than one camera, you will need to decide whether you are going to pack all your cameras or just bring one. Often a point and shoot camera is handy to carry in your bag if you are going out on day trips and don’t want to be loaded down with heavy camera equipment. But you may find that the quality of photos you get from your larger DSLR Sony camera is so much better that you want to pack both. Remember, also, that you can take photos using the camera in your phone, so you may not need your small point and shoot if you intend to take a large camera. A video camera is also a great idea if it is small and compact.

Preparing your accessories well in advance of your trip will ensure you have enough memory space and all the chargers and extra lenses that you require. At the same time, think about what type of bag to carry your camera in. The type of bag you use will depend on how you are getting to your destination. Plane travel has different requirements than most other types of travel.

Once you get to your destination, put some thought into the photos you are taking instead of just randomly shooting hundreds of photos. There is no doubt that if you take lots of photos you are going to end up with some good ones, but if you think about your subjects and composition your photos will be so much better. When taking landscape photos remember that your photos really need a focal point to draw the viewer in. A road sign or local animal can help ground your photos. Don’t be afraid to take scenic shots with your family members in them to add meaning to the shot. Even the backs of your family or friends walking along a beach will add interest to the photos and make them more personal.

Pay attention to light conditions. Bright sunlight can wreak havoc with your photos. Shooting directly into the sun will produce dark shots. The sun can also throw dark shadows on your subject’s faces, so you may need to take a few practice shots to see how to adjust your camera settings to get a good shot. Turn your flash on and experiment with some photos. Often the flash will help light your subject and combat the dark shadow problem.