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Taking Better Vacation Photos Can Be a Snap
Chicago Daily Herald



- Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.

Instead of capturing a crowd standing in front of the White House, zoom in on the face of a small child or the hands of an older man. According to Judy, detail makes a picture personal.

- Pick your time and place.

When Patrick Michael shot his first lion on a photo safari in East Africa, it was a sunny day. He thought he had a perfect shot, but the sun was so bright it clouded the issue.

You're better off shooting when the sun is low in the sky, Judy says. Morning and evening offer softer lights. Taking pictures in the dark is when your digital camera really shines.

- Stay focused.

The camera allows you to focus on a subject that's not in the center of your view finder. You can lock on that subject and then point the camera so the subject is off center but still the focal point of the picture. A skier caught on the edge might be going downhill, but your photo won't.

With the right equipment and a clear focus of where you are, sharp vacation photos are just a snap away.

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