Taking great vacation photos doesn’t require a fancy camera. All you need is your iPhone and a few tips on how to compose your shots. Besides your DSLR can be a pain to lug around and/or you may be in an environment that can be hazardous to your DSLR, such as sand or water. All the photos in this article were taken with an iPhone 7, to prove that you can use an iPhone to take great photos.
Vacation Photo Tip 1: Use Weather to Set a Scene
Let the weather tell a story in your vacation photos. This photo shows the changing weather
Vacation Photo Tip 2: Change Your Perspective
This next tip involves changing your perspective as a photographer. I wanted to capture what the girls were seeing as they looked at
Vacation Photo Tip 3: Capture a Sunset
While on vacation, always take a sunset picture, and your iPhone can do this beautifully. The key is to wait for the sun to almost fully set on the horizon. These types of photos can lead to great colors in the sky, or if you are on the water, as shown above, you can get great sun flare on the water.
Vacation Photo Tip 4: Use the Sunset to Capture Silhouettes
Creating great silhouette photos is easy once you follow a few basic rules. The first is that you must be shooting into the light. Second, you must position your subject in front of the light, so that they are partially blocking the light. The final rule is to put some distance between you and the subject so that the light coming through surrounds your subject and the sensors of the camera. If you are to close, the iPhone will be able to spot meter the subject and will not create a silhouette.
Vacation Photo Tip 5: Just Take Photos
The final tip I have is to just take the photos no matter what camera you have available. A low-quality photo of a precious moment is always better than no photo at all. Just remember that how you compose your photos is important and can make all the difference between a good photo and an average photo.