10 Stunning Photo Ideas for Your Next Vacation

Even novice photographers can go pro with these tips. 

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Taking pictures is pretty much a given when going on vacation, but before you settle for average-looking selfies, take a cue from the pros. These Instagram photo experts post the kind of wanderlust-inducing pics that you tag your friends in. Take notes, but don't forget to enjoy your vacation without your phone or camera sometimes, too.

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1. Get creative with your cityscape.

Instead of the standard skyline, try using the reflection on your sunglasses, adding a map, or finding a striking point of view.

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2. Tiny people have a big impact.

They'll look like mini figurines, but sizing down the people in your frame from a distant vantage point is a great way to show how massive or breathtaking your surroundings are. 

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3. Switch up your perspective.

Looking up — or down — can change the way you see things.

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4. Add instant film.

This photo-in-a-photo idea is the fastest way to make your shot one-of-a-kind. Juxtapose day and night scenes, or go black and white against color.

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5. Look for a striking pop of color.

If it sounds simple, that's because it is. Sometimes all you need for a great image is a subject that catches your eye.

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6. Take advantage of golden hour.

Depending where you are in the world, the best natural light to capture most subjects is in the golden hours — about an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset.

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7. Capture silhouettes.

During sunset and shortly afterward, try capturing the stark silhouettes of your surroundings for a dramatic effect. You might be surprised how detailed you can get.

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8. Show your stuff.

Because no matter how many pictures you take of them, your clothes, camera, and snacks will never complain.

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9. Play with reflection.

Near a body of water? Incorporate the reflection for a gorgeous photo opp: Look for cloud formations overhead or colorful landscapes mirrored on the surface.

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10. Get yourself in an epic shot.

Put yourself in front of the lens from time to time (even if you're still snapping away).

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