No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks. School's out for summer...and it's prime photo op season.
Presumably, everyone's relaxed (even a bit so), spending time together and--hopefully--in a beautiful place.
While you might be inclined to snap pictures the way you always have, a few minor tweaks may turn mediocre shots into major wow-factor photos.
We spoke to Pamela Einarsen, who specializes in destination photography. She summed it up beautifully why she chose this um...er...focus as a professional photographer. "Magic happens when people come together in a place they love. I feel so lucky to capture those great family connections."
Indeed, whether you're at the nearby shore or you've traveled to a place it took a day to reach, taking photos of family and friends on vacation can be fun, challenging and rewarding. Below, Pamela has shared ten tips that will help you create summer photos you can all be proud of.
Getting everyone in motion creates a fun and spontaneous photo.
Use up or down angles to add an interesting perspective to your shots.
Use details and parts to imply the whole.
Keep your camera handy and watch for nice candid moments. Some of the most beautiful images have no one looking at the camera.
Use structures or natural objects to frame your subjects.
Many images are more dramatic in black and white or sepia. Digital photography makes it very easy to try variations.
Simple elements identify locale without the need for signs.
Use a telephoto lens or get in close to create a more intimate portrait.
Shooting toward the sun creates interesting silhouettes.
Group shots aren't always about the group. Look for a special connection where one person is not in full view, but understood.
All photographs by Pamela Einarsen