How to Take Better Pictures of People on Vacation

by Linda Eodice

Photographer at Monument Valley
Photographer at Monument Valley
© Linda Eodice
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When traveling, a lot of people enjoy shooting pictures of friends or family posing stiffly in front of every sign and historic landmark that they encounter. But there are better ways to make pictures of your travel companions more enjoyable for them, and produce better vacation images as well.

One way to make your subjects look and act more comfortable is to let them be comfortable. Rather than snapping my husband grinning at my camera in front of the Mitten Buttes at Monument Valley Tribal Park in Utah, I chose to photograph him taking pictures of this beautiful spot. You might also take candid pictures of family or friends talking or simply taking in the view. Sitting or leaning against something gives people something to do with their arms and hands, and makes them feel much less self-conscious.

Very often, including a person in your vacation pictures adds human interest and scale to a landscape. You might try finding situations where your subjects are looking at the scene around them, even if it means that they have their backs partially or even completely to the camera. (After all, you know who they are, and so do they.) Capturing a subject looking at the scenery invites the viewer to enjoy it too.

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Lynne Eodice teaches four online photography courses at

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.