Tips on Taking the Best Vacation Photos

If you've ever traveled with a group of friends or clicked on the hashtag of a particular resort or destination, you know that no two vacation pictures are the same. Some people have an absolute knack for capturing the perfect shot, with the exact right amount of lighting and razor-sharp clarity. According to some award winning photographers, it's not that your iPhone camera to blame, you just need a few tricks to instantly improve your game.

Several winners from the 2017 IPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) gave MyDomaine tips on how to capture professional-grade images on their phone and I had to share them here. As it turns out, it's easier than you think.

Use flash when photographing a sunset.

Most photographers agreed that they rarely use a flash to capture photographs, instead relying on natural light, but the exception to the rule is at sunset. Photographer Jen Pollack Bianco uses flash when she wants "some additional light in the foreground of the photo to keep the contrast from being too dramatic."

Don't use the zoom function.

"Digital zoom isn't ideal to use on the iPhone because digital zoom only stretches the image area, resulting in a loss of sharpness," says Darren Boyd. If you need to zoom in, step closer.

Always adjust the exposure.

"My first photographer teacher used to tell us off whenever she found out we were using our cameras in auto mode. 'It's like asking your camera to take the picture for you. You give the camera total control over the image, when you are the one who should be in charge,'" recalls Marina Spironetti.

Take advantage of the HDR feature.

This feature automatically combines three pictures of the same scene - one underexposed, one normally exposed, and one overexposed - making it ideal for high-contrast landscapes.

Use grid lines to straighten your shot.

Go to the Photos and Camera options under Settings, and then turn on your grid lines. This will allow you to see whether or not your shot is perfectly straight.

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