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How to Take Great Spring Break Photos

Whether you spend your spring break at wild beach parties or on a wild safari, you want to commemorate your vacation with some great photos. Learn how with these helpful tips.


  • Step 1: Bring 2 cameras Take 2 cameras on your trip. Bring one that takes good quality photos and has lots of storage, like a digital SLR, and another that's portable, like a disposable film camera or camera phone, so you never miss a shot.
  • TIP: Pack a spare memory card and battery if you have them so you won't have to worry about deleting pictures to make room for new ones, or running out of power during your trip.
  • Step 2: Put a subject in Make a good photo of a cathedral or beach better by putting people in the foreground. Without expensive and heavy equipment, your photos of scenery can disappoint, but you'll still cherish them if they feature a loved one.
  • Step 3: Take action shots Take a mixture of posed and candid photos, but don't forget to capture lots of action. Photos of people moving tend to be more creative and memorable than still shots, so instead of telling your subjects to say "cheese," tell them to "jump!"
  • TIP: Set your digital camera to burst or continuous mode, which takes several pictures in rapid succession, so when there's action you're bound to capture a good shot.
  • Step 4: Be aware of the lighting Be aware of the lighting before you take an important shot. Move your body around the subject until the light is coming from behind you, and remember to use a flash at nighttime and for indoor shots.
  • Step 5: Place subject off-center Make your subject slightly off-center in the camera frame, whether it's a face or the horizon. It's a truism of photo composition that a little asymmetry makes more pleasing photographs.
  • FACT: As of 2010, flights to Cancun dropped 22 percent during the spring break season, while flights to domestic locations like Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando all increased more than 25 percent.

You Will Need

  • 2 cameras
  • Subjects
  • Action shots
  • Perfect lighting
  • Spare memory card (optional)
  • Spare battery (optional)
  • Burst mode (optional)

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