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PHOTO TIPS FOR SUMMER VACATIONS

Amazing pictures take you back to that once-in-a-lifetime summer adventure. We can help you come home with images that will keep your memories alive forever. Scroll down for our tips on taking, saving and displaying great vacation pictures.

TELL THE WHOLE STORY

At the start of your trip, capture a sign, the destination, or maybe the year written in the sand. Or take a shot framed up with a blank space to create a title later on. Take plenty of pictures as your trip progresses and don't forget to snap a good-bye shot. Before you know it, you're shooting all the images you need for an easy-to-make photo book.

Summer vacation photos

SURF'S UP

If the majority of your trip has you at the beach or in the water, we can set you up with a rugged camera or GoPro with a waterproof housing. They're more compact than your DSLR and can handle water and sand with ease. They take great images and up to 4K video, many have built-in Wi-Fi, they're tough when dropped, can take the heat or cold and, best of all, your snorkeling and surfing adventures are captured forever.

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Beach photos, underwater photos

HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

Don't lose your memories. Try to upload everything to the cloud, every day, just in case. A camera or memory cards with built-in Wi-Fi makes this one a no-brainer.

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THINK IN THEMES

Look for a series of photos that will look good grouped together. It could be a series of colorful doors, shots with similar lines, unique street signs, etc. Once you get home, display your work on your online gallery, or make your own prints to remember the trip.

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Photos of colorful doors

GO BACK IN TIME

If you're traveling somewhere your family has been before, bring along a copy of an old photo from your destination. Then, hold up the old photograph to match exact details of the present-day location and include it in your shot. If you really want to go vintage, use photo editing software to apply an old-time film look to the image you take.

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LOOK FOR FRAMES

The world is full of natural frames. As you explore your vacation spot, look for doorways, windows, bridges and natural archways to act as a frame around your subject for a more interesting composition.

Vacation photos

TIME-LAPSE

For a unique HD video to share after you get home, put your DSLR or GoPro on a tripod or mount, then set it to capture a time-lapse of the sunset, clouds flowing over the mountains, your sand castle building project, whatever. Playing with time in your video is a fun way to record your trip.

MAP YOUR ADVENTURES

Check out cameras with built-in GPS. Now every snap you take gets a geotag attached to it — like dropping pins on a map for every photo you take. Once you get home, use the geotags to create a map that traces your entire cruise, bike trip or epic hike.

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