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Life can be hectic, kids grow up fast, and vacations never seem long enough - that's why it's important to capture special moments in a photograph. Fortunately digital cameras and high-capacity memory cards allow us to capture a lot of photos. But how do you create compelling images that are photo album and frame worthy?
It's easier than you might think. Below are some tips and techniques for capturing memorable vacation photos whether you're using a DSLR or a compact camera.
If it's a bright beach day, your photos may appear overexposed and washed out. Fortunately most cameras feature Exposure Compensation. This setting allows you to instantly adjust the way your camera records light in the scene. If things are looking too bright, adjust your Exposure Compensation in increments to darken things up a bit. Your images will look richer and more saturated.
To create some visual interest in your scene, try using the rule of thirds. Visually divide your scene into thirds, like a tic-tac-toe board, and place something of interest at one or more of the intersections. This results in an image with an interesting composition that draws the viewer's eye into the scene.
Vacation shots should always capture the action! Fast-moving action photos can prove tricky and you might need to take a lot of pictures to capture that perfect shot. If you're recording your images onto a slow memory card, you might miss the picture altogether. But if you use a fast, high-quality memory card, you can capture images as fast as your camera allows. That's why I like to use the SanDisk Ultra memory card. It's twice as fast as ordinary memory cards1, and that way you won't miss a moment.
Whether it's a compact camera or a DSLR, a lot of cameras now offer high definition (HD) video too. It's a lot of fun to create movies, and the HD results in amazingly crisp and clear videos. But to successfully capture the videos in HD and avoid running out of storage space, you'll need a memory card with a fast recording speed and extended capacity. So what does that mean and what do you look for?
a. Recording Speed The video recording speed of a card is represented by a class rating, and you can find it right on the memory card label. SanDisk Ultra memory cards feature a class 10 rating so you can capture the highest quality Full HD2 video possible. You can avoid the low-quality, pixelated look of video captured with a slow memory card by using a fast, high-quality memory card with a class 6 or class 10 rating.
b. Extended Capacity High-quality video requires a memory card with more capacity, so don't miss the moment by running out of room on your memory card. I like to use the SanDisk Extreme SDXC3 memory card; the XC means that it has extended capacity
1 Ordinary memory cards offer up to 5MB/sec write speed. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes 2 Full HD video (1920x1080x30fps) HD and 3D video support may vary based upon host device, file size, resolution, compression, bit rate, content, and other factors. See: www.sandisk.com/HD 3 Not all cameras take SDXC cards. Please check with your device manufacturer.