Saturday, December 22, 2012

How to Take Great Photos on Your North Myrtle Beach Vacation

Spend your summer vacation in North Myrtle Beach, and you’ll quickly realize why it is one of the most popular areas for beach vacations on the east coast. There are miles of sandy beaches, beautiful marshes teeming with elegant birds and wildlife, and lush green plant life to compliment the breathtaking scenery. Add your loved ones and fun attractions into the mix and you have a recipe for taking incredible pictures to commemorate your vacation.

With the prevalence of smartphones in our society, it’s easier than ever for the average person to snap a picture any time a good photo op occurs. Though they are a very convenient tool, the cameras on these phones tend to take low-quality images, especially when viewed on a full-screen computer. They also do not print very well. Even if your phone has several megapixels, you aren't able to work with a proper lens, an important key to good photos. Camera phones are best used for quick picture taking of friends during a fun night out or to get a snapshot of something you want to remember later or instantly share online.

Though they don’t often see the light of day, most of us have digital cameras for those scenic shots or memorable moments. For those times a camera phone can’t do your scene justice, it’s a great idea to always have your digital camera with you on vacation. There are several models out now that will easily fit in a pocket or purse and will take decent pictures. Pair your photos with picture editing software and you can create your own photographic masterpiece to share with your friends or print and frame for a gift later on. You can even edit your pictures for free online and save them to your computer for Facebook posting, etc. For the photography enthusiasts, opt for a high quality digital camera with telescopic lens and plenty of memory. To get the best pictures, study your owner’s manual and adjust your camera’s settings according to the time of day, location, light, and shutter speed you want. Most cameras have an “auto” option that will automatically adjust settings to give you the best outcome. Also, when taking scenic outdoor shots, remember the “rule of thirds”: Place the horizon in the top third or bottom third of the viewfinder. When there are people in the shot, place them to one side of the frame while showing off the environment on the other side. It’s best to take more than one shot so you can compare them later and pick the best one. Experiment with your camera settings, angles, and subject matter until you feel comfortable taking good pictures.

Picture taking is an important part of any vacation. Ocean Drive Beach Rentals' guests love taking beach photos right off their oceanfront balcony! You’ll cherish the memories of your North Myrtle Beach family vacation even more when you have great photos to reflect on in the future.

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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