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  • Writer's pictureJen Henderson

5 Tips That Will Take Your Kaua'i Vacation Photos to the Next Level.

October sky at Ke'e beach on Kaua'i
Ke'e Sunset

It’s finally time to take that trip to Kaua'i that you’ve been planning for months. And as you know, any good

trip to beautiful Hawaii deserves to be captured. If you feel like your

vacation photos never quite capture what you’re seeing with your eyes, these tips are going to help.

  • Make It Less Ordinary.

Conch shell on the shoreline with foaming wave washing ashore
Conch Shell

Before you snap a photo, think about how you can make it a little less ordinary. Naturally, this doesn’t apply if you want to capture a moment before it ends – it only applies to planned shots. Consider the angle, colors, and composition. What can you do to make the shot more interesting? When at a Kauai beach setting like Hanalei bay, having something interesting in the foreground like a shell or a lapping wave can add some fun dynamics.

  • Keep Snapping.

If you want to have a wide selection of photos on Kauai available to you after your Kauai vacation that you can edit and print, make a point of being snap-happy. Along with taking a variety of photos in general, take multiple shots of the photo you’re trying to capture to make sure you get it just right. Kauai lends itself to

Family of four stand in water at Ke'e beach for their family portrait
Kauai Family Portrait

amazing opportunities to capture the beauty of tropical flowers, waterfalls, sunset, beaches, and the smiling faces of your family and friends enjoying being on vacation together. And when you want a professional to capture your family portrait in this setting, give me a call!

Young girl stringing a plumeria lei
Lei making

  • Get Better with Composition

Creativity is only one part of a good photo – composition is just as important. Getting the composition of a shot just right means giving your photos more depth and reducing the noise by keeping the background as simple as possible. It’s also worth your while to learn more about the rule of thirds, which uses grid lines to help you correctly position the main subject of your photo. Watch the horizon line! Nothing makes a photo look more amateur than a crooked horizon IMHO ; )

  • Don’t Forget the Scenery

Going on vacation means you get to spend more time with the people you love – it also means you will always have a subject for your photos. However, it’s important not to forget about the iconic scenery of Kaua'i as these are the shots that will complete the visual story of your Kaua'i vacation.

  • Invest in a Tripod.

Kauai plumerias with ferns
Kauai Plumerias

If you want to be in some of your Kaua'i family photos and won’t necessarily have someone with you to take the shot, it helps to invest in a small tripod. This way, you don’t need to use your front-facing camera for your selfies, which reduces the quality.

Once you have your collection of Kauai vacation

photos, make a point of setting some time aside to sort, edit, and print your favorites. This way, you can enjoy your Kaua'i vacation again and again.



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