Tip of the Day: Family Friendly

• Use selective focus. Grinning next to the Statue of Liberty? Been done. If an object or landmark is important, try a different vantage point (say crouching down) and open up your aperture to focus on the object, leaving your family member slightly out of focus as an observer.

As summer ends, you’ll want to take one last family trip. Here’s how to get the most fun from your photos.

• Use selective focus. Grinning next to the Statue of Liberty? Been done. If an object or landmark is important, try a different vantage point (say crouching down) and open up your aperture to focus on the object, leaving your family member slightly out of focus as an observer.

• Tell a story. Your vacation photos will be more meaningful with a story line to follow. Keeping a narrative in mind will also help you come up with ideas. Consider the Life magazine formula: a wide scene-setting photo, tight detail shots, portraits, and the "meat" of the story.

Adapted from Photographing Your Family, by Joel Sartore with John Healey (National Geographic, 2008; $25)

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