How to Get Great Vacation Pictures Without Wasting Time

How to Get Great Vacation Pictures Without Wasting Time

One of the concerns when people are traveling is not to miss wonderful opportunities to take breathtaking digital mementos. With so many things to do on a vacation, devoting extra time to taking photographs can contribute to missing important moments with your family and friends.

If you enjoy taking photos, you can easily find yourself torn between having a great time or taking good shots. It doesn't have to be like this. Here are some tips that will help you to get great vacation pictures without wasting time.

Go Prepared

Before even packing your bags, you should do some research on the destination you are about to visit. The resources you should be focusing on are travel blogs, forums, and Google Maps. Print a map handout and mark the sites where you would like to take your shots.

Cross reference those locations with the location of your hotel and you will be able to devise a perfect plan for your photo shoots. It would be best to organize the sightseeing tour through these sights as checkpoints. You will have fun, enjoy yourself and make sure that every landmark ends up on the memory card.

While on the subject of memory cards, make sure to bring at least two, so you don't waste time uploading your photos to the cloud. The same goes for batteries. Have at least 2 batteries for a DSLR or smartphone. For a smartphone, you can also bring a standalone charger. Before you leave your room, make sure that your memory card is empty and that your battery is at 100%.

Take Shots and Don’t Worry about Photo Editing

When you are traveling, you want to make sure that you return home with the best shots possible. This can cause you to review shots the moment you take them and then take them again if you are not satisfied with the result. This practice can cost you a lot of time and, while reviewing shots in real time, you may also miss wonderful opportunities.

What you should do? Forget about constantly reviewing the pictures you’ve just taken. Go wild and take as many shots as you can. Once you get back from your vacation, you can send your batch of travel photos to professionals to get them edited and ready for printing.

Amazing Shots without Wasting Time

With a DSLR camera and dual cam smartphones, everyone can take beautiful shots today. All you need to do is watch a few tutorials online, practice a bit and you are ready to go.

When you are traveling, you should also know what “golden hour” means. It refers to a period of day when taking good photos is like taking candy away from a baby. This time is around sunset, sunrise and half an hour before and after storms and rain showers.

If you start early one day, you will make so many beautiful shots that you will leave your camera back in the room for the rest of the day. Make sure to devote this time to yourself and your family.

Additionally, many travelers avoid taking tripods on vacations. If you don't want to waste time, you should definitely bring a tripod with you. Travel photography really requires stability. And you will love yourself for bringing it the first time you set it up.


If you plan your vacation in detail from the standpoint of a photographer, you will be able to relax and take amazing shots. Don’t forget to get up early at least once to capture those golden hour photos and let the others worry about photo editing. After all you, are on a vacation.

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