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Top 5 Photo Tips for Your Next Vacation Getaway


Bergen County, NJ- The month of March means winter will soon end. It also offers a much needed spring break holiday. Whether you’re packing your bags for a quick weekend road trip or a ten day international excursion, we’ve got a few tips to help you create some stunning images sure to make you smile long after your holiday has ended.

Keep it Light: Going on vacation with your gear doesn’t mean you have to weigh yourself down with every accessory you own. In fact, many professionals prefer a more minimalist approach when traveling. Consider what kind of photographs you intend to take and, if possible, scale down to a single multi-purpose lens, a cleaning kit, a lightweight mono/tripod and an external flash. And don’t forget your charger and extra batteries! We have  great cleaning accessories here for your next trip.

Candids are King: Vacations are often the most fun when things happen spontaneously and without a rigid plan. The same can be said for photography. We sometimes have a specific vision in mind before we begin photographing, but while on holiday, consider shooting off-the-cuff instead. Candid images capture an authenticity that comes through in a way no posed image can duplicate.

Look for Landmarks: If you’re traveling someplace with recognizable landmarks, incorporating them into your travel photography is a great way to quickly highlight the familiar location. That said, don’t feel you have to shoot a standard head-on image just to include a notable building. Have fun with this process, play with your perspective and shoot from various angles and vantage points. Being able to shoot a familiar location from a fresh angle can showcase both the location and your abilities as a photographer.

Let Scenery Speak for Itself: Our instinct is to make sure our family members and friends are included in almost all of our vacation photos but remember to take in the scenery of your locale as well. As you explore and enjoy your leisure time, keep your eyes open for items in your environment that capture your attention and imagination. For example, is there a historic marker that piques your interest or a café sign that is beyond charming? Shoot close, fill the frame with these quirky and fun items and add them to your vacation album!

Keep the Memories Alive: Once your getaway has ended, make sure to keep the memories close for you to enjoy by having a favorite photo enlarged and framed – or even printed on canvas! We have so many fabulous ways for you to transform your images into keepsakes, and these keepsakes will make you smile throughout the year. Let us show you the many ways we can incorporate your favorite photos into your living space.

Tips for Traveling Light with Photo Gear

Travel Smart

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a two-week trek across the pond, packing right—and light—is critical to making your trek a success. After all, who wants to lug a bunch of superfluous gear around? Here are a few tips to ensure your gear bag is light, well-equipped and ready to travel:

Think it Through: Imagine your trip for a moment. Think about where you’ll be traveling. Do you need to take your DSLR with you or will your compact camera suffice? Do you really need that extra lens or can you do without it? Making a mental checklist of your itinerary can help you decide which items you need and which can be left at home.

Remember the Essentials: Make sure to pack a lens cleaning kit, extra batteries, your charger and extra storage media. These items alone will help you combat the majority of issues that might occur while you’re on holiday.

Choose the Right Bag: Traveling light means choosing the right bag for the situation. Would a backpack style help you get through the airports more easily, or is something with wheels that can also accommodate your other items be more appropriate? We’ve got designs that fit every need and budget here:

Offloading for Longer Trips: If you’re traveling with your laptop, consider offloading your digital pictures on a regular basis. This technique can serve as protection in case your media card is somehow damaged or fails during your trip. Here’s another great solution—take your card to the local photo retailer and print a set or two before your return trip home. You’ll have one less item on your to-do list and your family will enjoy looking at the photos and reminiscing on the return trip. You can even use the pictures as a mini-scrapbooking project to keep the kids entertained while you travel.

Keep Everything Charged: Dead batteries mean an instant end to picture-taking fun and a battery that dies while you’re shooting might even corrupt your digital camera card. Fortunately, we’ve got a great solution! The PROMASTER GO! Charger is a compact multi-function charger that can charge your DSLR batteries and also serve as a charger or power source for your cell phone or music player.
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Backlit Subjects: A Love / Hate Relationship

“Look where the sun is coming from – then position yourself with your back towards it so that it light up your subject’s face.”

Backlit Plant Bulbs
Cape Gooseberries by Naughton321

This was the very first piece of photographic advice that I was ever given as a child entrusted with the family’s camera for a school excursion.

The intention behind it was good and in many photographic situations over the years it has actually served me well.

However…. sometimes in photography it can be easy to get trapped in a mindset that actually limits the potential of your shots.

My suspicion is that many people are being limited by the above piece of advice – lighting your subject from the front and avoiding back lighting at all costs.

The problem with ignoring back lighting images is that:

  • * backlight can add drama to an image
  • * backlit images can show the delicacy of a subject (think transparent or translucent things like flowers or insects)
  • * backlight can help create real mood in a shot
  • * backlit images can highlight details on the edges of subjects
  • * backlight can reveal textures that might previously have been hidden
  • * backlit images can show off the shape and form of a subject
  • * backlight can create shadows that add points of interest to an image
  • I’m not arguing that backlit subjects are the way you should approach every shot – but ignoring it as an option ca leave you potentially missing out on a very powerful technique.

    Check out some of the following images that show the beauty of power of ignoring the age old advice of always lighting a subject from the front.

    PS: just because your subject is backlit doesn’t mean you need to forget about how they are lit from the front. Using a Fill Flash and/or some sort of reflector is often a great way to get the balance right for a well exposed shot.

    Zest by benefit of hindsight

    In her own world
    In Her own Place by ‘SeraphimC

    Backlit Cattails by Limonada

    Horse at Sunset
    Horse at Sunset by Serni

    Capturing Autumn Colors – 8 Tips for Better Fall Photography

    “It’s Fall here and the colors in the leaves in our town are wonderful. How can I capture their vibrancy? Every time I shoot them I end up with muddy and dull images!” – question by Grant

    Fall Colors
    Image by Black Dog Photography

    I love Autumn photography – you’re right the golden and red leaves on a background of lush green grass and beautiful blue skies is a wonderful thing. So how do you capture it? Here’s a few starting points to boost the colors in your Autumn photography (in fact they’re appropriate for boosting the colors in your Spring shots too):

    1. Use a Polarising Filter
    The saturation of colours that you get with one of these is fantastic. It is particularly useful in getting lovely blue skies but you’ll find that it decreases some of the haze that you often get at this time of year also.

    2. Shoot in the Golden Hours
    While you can get great results at any time of the day – I love shooting Autumn colors at the end of the day just before sunset when the light is golden. This accentuates the reds and golds even more than normal.

    Fall Leaf
    Image by Clearly Ambiguous

    3. Don’t ignore the Overcast Days
    Some people keep their cameras in their bags on days where the sun isn’t shining – but they can actually be the best days. I like overcast days because they help create a mood that you can’t get on a sunny day – plus the images are nice generally nice and rich.

    4. Look for Contrasts
    One way to accentuate the colors in your shots is to think about framing your shots in such a way that the different colors contrast with one another. Golden leaves on a blue sky – a red leaf on a lush green grass etc.

    Falling Leaf
    Image by harold.lloyd

    5. Avoid Shooting Into the Sun
    Shooting into the sun will result in shadows, lower saturation of colors and lens flare (which further reduces the impact of colors. On Sunny days – keep the sun at your back. If you do have to shoot into the sun use a lens hood or shield your lens with something to avoid lens flare.

    6. Play with White Balance Settings
    Sometimes Auto mode with White Balance won’t give you the most vibrant results. Warm up your colors by increasing the color temperature a touch (not too much). You can do this by increasing the kelvin numbers or by selecting a setting like ‘cloudy’ if your camera has semi-auto settings.

    Lying in leaves
    Image by ionushi

    7. Warm Up Filters
    I don’t use these anymore (I tend to make changes in Photoshop) but in my Film Camera days I did use a warm up filter on occasion to give my shots a slightly warmer glow.

    8. Underexpose Your Shots (slightly)
    Pull back the exposure on your shots a touch and you’ll find that it gives your colors a slightly deeper saturation. Again – much of this can be done in photoshop – particularly if you’re shooting in RAW.

    Of course keep in mind that once you’ve taken your digital shots that you can always boost your shots on your computer afterward. This isn’t the place to go through it (as I mainly focus upon in camera techniques here) but if you shoot in RAW you’ll be in a good position to do some post production on your shots after.

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    Promaster GO! Charger – Charges Camera Batteries, Cell Phones, iPod, iPhone, iTouch and More!!

    Alright everyone, this is some HOT news! We have these little travel chargers for your digital camera batteries that will charge your battery up to 7 times without having to plug into a wall outlet. Now the best part is, it will also charge any device that uses a USB connection… meaning that you can now charge your iPhone, iPod, iTouch, Cell Phone or whatever up to 7 times on the GO! This is great for travelers, hikers, campers, and just about everyone! Not only that, but all GO chargers include an AC plug and Car Adapter plug with USB (Same as your iPhone wall plug). Now, Apple charges about $30 bucks for each of those Adapters and if you purchased an external battery for your iPhone it would cost around $60 bucks. You can pick up one of these GO! Chargers for a mere $79.99 including the two adapters. Works with all major brands, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Casio, Olympus, Pentax, Fuji, including all major SLR models (with the Go Charger SLR).

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