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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Capturing Travels Pt. 2: Taking the Photos

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Capturing Travels Pt. 2: Taking the Photos

Amber Hunter

Now that you’re set with your choice of camera (or cameras), it’s time to start taking some pictures! Rather than give you the lowdown on every camera technicality under the sun, we've listed a few important things to keep in mind once you start hitting that shutter button. 


the technicalities

We could easily write several posts on photography technicalities but we're going to do our best to keep it simple. One of the most important considerations when taking a picture is lighting. Lighting can easily make or break a good picture. A tip to keep in mind: always--when possible--have the sun behind you as opposed to in front (unless you’re going for a silhouette effect). And remember that the darker the setting you are in, the more grain you are likely to have. It’s well worth it to learn your camera (or phone) settings to adjust contrast, aperture (the amount of light the lens lets in), and ISO (basically the camera sensor's sensitivity to light). The latter two settings are where things can get a bit trickier but they can also make a huge difference in your photography. A good rule of thumb is the more light you have, the lower your ISO should be to have a quicker shutter speed and less noise or blurriness. And the best way to become a pro at camera settings? Practice, practice practice!

the Composition

This is where things get a little less technical and a little more fun. Now’s the time to let your creativity run wild--play around with how you set up your pictures. Maybe snap a shot from an unexpected angle or take a mixture of candids and posed pics (our preference tends to be the former). If you've ever taken a photography class, chances are you've heard of the rule of thirds: to keep your composition interesting it's better not to have the subject smack in the center.  But there are no set rules--and unless you’re on a film camera, take plenty to ensure that perfect one!  Before long, you’re sure to pick up an eye for photography. 

the Editing

This is where you can fix small mishaps in lighting or color. Sometimes it’s worthwhile to play around with the cropping of your photo to find the best composition. Nowadays you don’t even need to pay for a fancy editing app (but if you have Photoshop, even better). And if you don’t have any already on your computer, there are plenty of free options online like PicMonkey, for example.