Vacation Photography Tips at a National Park

Since summer vacations will soon be starting, I thought I would post some tips for getting good photos that you may want to scrapbook after you get home (or while you're traveling if you have a laptop and My Digital Studio!). I found these tips from Kodak. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

  • Capture the landmarks.  Yes, everyone will be photographing the same sites, but after all, that is what you came to see.  Take a picture of it.  Take several.  When I went to find a photo for this article, I realized I didn't have quite the perfect picture of Old Faithful erupting even though I had taken lots of photos plus video. 

Old Faithful Geyser erupting 

  • Place the point of interest off center.   Here is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, one of the biggest photo attractions in the park.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park 

Here I have the waterfall in the center of my photo.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Here it is off center.  Makes it a little more interesting.

  • Include people for scale.  Often you can't get an idea of size or area, but if you include people in the photo it might illustrate the sheer size better.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Natl Park 

Here we are at Grand Prismatic Spring, but you can't get an idea if it is large or small.

Grand Prismatic Spring 

But here where you can look across the landscape and see the people on the walkway you get a better idea of how large an area it really is.


Some of our best vacations have been to the national parks….Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and most recently Yellowstone.  If you haven't been to a national park, please go because they are spectacular.  If you want to find lodging inside the park (a plus!) keep trying even on short notice because there are often cancellations and you just might snag accommodations shorter than a year in advance!

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