Capture Your Summer Vacation in a Photo Book

Whether you and your family are taking a road trip or a Caribbean cruise this summer, a photo book is an excellent way to capture your vacation adventures. With a personalized photo book, you can showcase your memories in ways that are unique and professional looking without losing any of the intimacy. Here are 3 tips to help you create the perfect summer vacation photo book…

Focus on a Theme

Obviously your photo book will have a theme – your summer vacation. But why not make it more specific? Choose a theme that centers around what you want your photo book to mean such as “A Day at the Beach” or “Camping in the Wilderness.” For a traveling abroad theme, try to include shots from the airport as well as the names of the places & cities you visited.

Add in the Extras

Your photobook doesn’t have to be just about photos! In fact, you could scan your ticket stubs, brochures, receipts or restaurant bills! Include those as part of your photo book so that you will always have a copy of the special “throwaway” items from your trip that often end up in the garbage. This is especially a good idea if you plan to make your summer vacation photo book have a timeline. Use plane tickets and photos of the airport at the beginning and then add items as you complete your book. This adds realism and ensures that those items that can be misplaced or lost will be remembered for years to come.

Have Fun

Some people get too caught up in the technicalities instead of simply using the photo book to remember what a great time you had. Take your time instead of hurrying things along just to get it done. The more time you take to gather all photos and items to include in your book, the more you’ll be happy with the final result. Also, before wrapping it up ask your family members if there is anything they’d like to add to the book. They can always come up with cool ideas you didn’t think about!

Elephoto can help you create the perfect photobook for your summer vacation. Learn more about our books here:

5 Simple Tips for Great Summer Photography

The fleeting memories of summer – the magic of long days of laughter in the sun – can be treasured forever with photography. What if you’ve tried capturing those golden days with your camera, and your photos don’t convey your story the way you remember it? You can easily improve your skills by following a few simple rules.

Use Familiar Equipment

One of the worst things you can do is to go out and spend a lot of money buying high-end equipment. By the time you figure out how to use just the basic functions, summer will have come and gone. It takes a long time and effort to learn how to use advanced cameras.

Chances are, the camera you already own will meet your needs for this summer. Great photography can be accomplished with relatively simple equipment – if you know how to use it properly.

Take a couple hours to learn about your camera. Re-read the owners manual to make sure you understand each function. Check out online forums and see what people are saying about your camera. Finally, do a Google search and you might even find a few blog posts or videos giving you great tips on your make and model.

Consider Lighting Conditions

As a rule, try to avoid taking photos in harsh, mid-day light. Your subjects may end up looking like dark silhouettes since your camera will likely be under-exposing the photos as a reaction to the bright light. If you’ve spent enough time with your owner’s manual, you can increase the exposure time a notch or two to compensate, or use a flash fill to brighten up dark shadows. If these techniques are still eluding you, go for simplicity and shoot photos in the morning or the evening when light is naturally dispersed.

Steady Your Hand

All those seascape and sunset photos may not present the regal beauty you want to convey if you have tilted horizons. Take some time to line up the horizon, and learn how to steady your hand. For those who can’t quite master these techniques, try a tripod or seek out a flat surface on which you can place your camera.

Less is More

Instead of looking for grand photo opportunities, try focusing in on small details. Some of the best photographs are of simple everyday subjects presented in an unusual manner. Your photography will also better convey the spirit of the moment if you seek candid shots.

The Rule of Thirds

Instead of placing your main subject in the middle of the photo, split the scene into thirds and move your focal point one-third into the scene instead of the center. You can also take pictures from different vantage points; for example, you could sit on the ground and look up or place yourself above your subject and look down.

That’s it folks, using the above 5 tips, you should be able to drastically improve your picture quality. Now go out there and have fun! Summers aren’t known for lasting too long in our country! 🙂