Family Vacation Photos- Need Ideas!

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  1. PenguinPhotoWrx

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    We're leaving for Puerto Rico tomorrow (8/21) for a week or so.

    We're spending a couple of days in the mountains visiting some of my wife's family, followed by 5 days at El Conquistador resort.

    In the mountains, the town is carved out of a rain forest. El Conquistador is on the NE coast of the island and is very picturesque. It sounds easy- like a photographer's dream.

    But- I've been on tons of family vacations and the shots all tend to look the same- maybe I get sucked into a photography rut. So, I'd like some ideas to spice up the pictures.

    What have you done to take more interesting family vacation pictures?
     
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    Ask the locals where the tourists go to take photographs and DON'T GO THERE. Beyond that bring lots of memory cards and/or your laptop so you are not limited in what you shoot. My biggest problem is when I go on vacation I have no choice on when I tour a certain area so it is difficult to time my shoots for times with good light.
     
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    Other than a few shots that you capture that may be great I see family vacation photos as snapshots of the trip. Just there as a reminder of what you did and what you saw.

    You can try making panaoramic photos of scenery, capture a moment or use a different perspective or angle but it still may be just a snapshot - and nothing wrong with that IMO. Personally, I hate sticking people in some photos as it can ruin a photo; getting a picture of the Grand Canyon and sticking someone in there standing "in front" of it is a waste of a possible great photo - if your not looking for a snapshot.
     
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    I am also going to the beach on holiday this year with my family. I wonder what you can do to take more exciting for the vacation.
    Thanks,
     

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