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Taking Great Pictures

How many times have you been disappointed with your vacation photos? Blurry or underexposed pictures don't capture the magic of travel. Great photos allow travelers to relive vacations and share them with friends. How do you take the best shots?

The first step in taking successful vacation photos is having the right type of camera. If photography is not the main point of your trip, Photo.net says a point-and-shoot camera will suit your needs. This helpful site includes tips on buying different kinds of cameras, what type of film to bring on your vacation (if you haven't scooped up a digital camera yet) and how to protect film from airport X-rays.

Betterphoto.com has several on photo techniques. Betterphoto also offers a list of Top Ten Tips.

Once you are ready to go, explore these sites for the best tips on taking great photos:

  • Kodak
    Will your camera work when you get there? This site has tips on giving your camera a check-up and being prepared with extra photo cards.

  • National Geographic
    Pick up advice from the magazine's renowned professionals. If you want to include your children in the picture-taking fun, National Geographic also has a feature on kids' vacation photography.




  • PhotoSecrets
    Offers an article on travel photography. Among the advice: conduct research, include personality and strive for variety.

  • The New York Institute of Photography
    Offers tips on shooting fireworks, baseball and other seasonal activities.

Documenting Destinations

Don't let your photos of the Alaskan wildlife go underexposed. The following sites offer tips on taking photos in specific locations:

  • Alaska Travel Companion
    What to take on your trip to Alaska and tips on shooting in very bright conditions.

  • U.S. Show Caves Directory
    Offers a long page of tips on taking pictures in caves.

  • Picture This
    A commercial site with books for sale, but it also offers articles on the best places to shoot photos and events in California.




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