10 tips for Better Photos on Vacation! part 2

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Last week I jumped in with some great tips to get you started taking much better photos on vacation. There really are plenty of things you can do to come home with rad photos that you can print and be proud of. You don't need to go to Z Gallery and buy some cheesy scenic photo!! You can totally take your own frame worthy art. Let's get to 2 more of these tips... Tip 4: Don't be a stalker. Smile at someone. Make a connection. Sure it can feel scary. You've heard it before and when you try it you will see that magical things happen when you smile at strangers and show them you are a nice person! I am constantly surprised at how well this works. I mean, look at this guy.

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So intimidating! But I was photographing and interacting with his son and he actually wanted his photo taken. Now that our cameras have screens on them we can show our subjects the photos- which everyone loves. Spend 10 minutes with people showing them photos, making friendship. You will walk away with super cool stuff.

The photo at the top of the page is another perfect example. I love this photo so much! It hangs in my house, I have sold numerous copies of it. This came from just hanging out and not being in a hurry, smiling, being friendly, making connections with people.

Tip 5: Be a stalker. Yes of course sometimes you just snap something on the fly without anyone knowing. Because if they knew it would ruin the moment.

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I was hanging out on this beach in Italy, snapping photos of this girl without her knowing. Her yellow suit goes so well with the colors of the boats, and this photo without the life she brings to it would be stale and boring. Alerting her to my picture taking would ruin the moment.

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This photo also feels fairly "stalker" to me. I set myself up behind this couple because once again, I think people make scenes come to life. I am totally fine with stalking in these cases. Who knows if there are people out there in the world that have me in their photos in their homes? This seems to be one of the magical things about traveling.

I think both of these things get better with practice. So just do your best! When you are feeling bold- make those connections! When you are feeling shy, hang back and stalk a little. Both methods get great results. Leave me a comment sharing your stories with making connections and/or stalking. I'd love to hear them! And come back next week for part 3!