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3 Tips to improving your vacation photography

Dog Rock in Puerto Rico
Dog Rock in Puerto Rico
Keith B Dixon Photographic Inc

Are you going on vacation this summer? Do you plan on taking pictures with your new or existing point and shoot or DSLR camera? The more tips you know about creating those images the more you are going to enjoy recording those most precious moments or landscapes. If you struggled in the past with creating photos then you should read on. Regardless of the type of camera you have; with a tripod and some automatic settings you can improve the quality of your photographs with these 3 easy tips.

First, use a tripod, I know they are cumbersome, but using a tripod is one the best ways to improve the quality of your shots. Although most consumer camera’s now have image stabilizers, hand holding a camera at slower shutter speeds is still a challenge and often results in blurry and out of focus images,
especially in low light situations.

Second, setting your camera to landscape or aperture mode is a great way to control your how much of your image is in focus. Like your auto focus, apertures control how much you are able to see in a photo. The bigger the aperture number the more you are going to see in focus. For example in auto on a bright sunny day your camera will most like record an image at ƒ16 which give you more of the image in focus.

And last, choosing right time of day to create your photos can make your life a lot easier. Generally, most photography sites will tell you avoid high noon and bright light. Bright light as well as low light situations can create less than desirable results. Entry-level consumer cameras just don’t have the processing capabilities like mid range or high-end camera do to process hard light and dark shadows. The best way to get around this is to create your images in the most balanced lighting situation possible. That means the light isn’t too bright or dark but even.

The next time you start to compose your images take a moment and look at how the lighting is affecting your foreground and how it transitions to the middle and background; is there a big difference? If so look for another location to set up in. Look for highlighted details, directional light, and how that light is affecting the scene. With a tripod, the right automatic settings, and attention to lighting you can make the difference in any image you create.

Keith B Dixon is a Professional Freelance Photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Keith specializes in architectural, food, and lifestyle photography. Keith’s work is regularly published in print ads, various magazines in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Nationally, and Internationally.

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