10 easy hacks for taking fab vacation photos

Family trips offer awesome photo opportunities to make wonderful mementoes, so avoid snapping boring pix with these tips!

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Snapping family photos when you’re on a vacation is a great way to share your epic adventures as a family with loved ones and friends, and also a tangible means to remember your trip.

Just ask Asher Ong, 17 ― his parents, Dan and Sue, took him and his five siblings on an amazing six-month trip across the United States in 2016 that covered 43 states.

The Ong family detailed their journey in a travel journal, 6 Kids and a Pop-Up Camper. The teen, an aspiring photographer, shot the photos for the book and Instagram.

“I would encourage a casual photographer mum or dad to just use a phone — it’s simpler and gets the job done and most people can't tell the difference anyway.”

If you think that getting professional camera and equipment is the answer to taking jaw-dropping photos on your next family vacation ― think again. Asher notes that your smartphone is just fine.

“I would encourage a casual photographer mum or dad to just use a phone — it’s simpler and gets the job done and most people can't tell the difference anyway.”

You can also forget about hauling along troublesome — not to mention heavy and space-consuming — tripod stands. Asher points out that you probably won’t have the time or any need to use it.

“I can't tell you how many times I strapped my tripod onto my bag before a hike and never used it once! All I got out of that was a sore back.”

So, get out there with your brood and capture pro-looking vacation pictures with these simple tips:

1) Always have your camera ready You’ll never know when you’ll spot a perfect photo opp.

2) Watch the edges of your photo Besides ensuring that your subject sits in the centre of your photo, check what’s on the edges or the frames as well. Make sure unwelcome elements don’t make their way into your shot, Asher states. Commonly overlooked mistakes include a stranger photo-bombing the picture or including your fingers in the shot, especially if you’re using a smartphone.

3) Know how to position your camera If you’re using a smartphone, hold it in a vertical position to take a close-up of someone or something — including your selfies. Flip it and hold it in a horizontal position when shooting scenery and landscapes.