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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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