If you're hitting the road, or taking to the air, for a summer vacation, you're going to want to take a lot of photos and accomplish more than you possibly can with the time you have.
Here's the lessons I've learned this summer from my photo road trips:
- Rest and relaxation comes first. In a rested state of mind, you'll make better decisions about how to handle your limited time.
- Seek stories, not scenes.
- There's a temptation to capture an event or place from a distance for dramatic effect (see sunsets and HDR nonsense). Get close to the story. Get closer to the subject.
- Photography comes along for the ride. It must never be the reason for the ride.
- Don't stress about not getting the shot. There's always another. If you're not happy about anything you've done, schedule the next trip as a smarter, more experienced traveler.
In short, the trip is it's own reward. Be aware, be present.
Have a good time and the photos will follow. Even if you fail to capture what you want, at least you had a good time. That's worth more than the photos anyway.