How to Capture the Best Pictures on your Outer Banks Vacation

Taking a family vacation to the beach is always an exciting adventure, especially when you’re coming to the Outer Banks. But do you wish at times you could capture the memories a little better with your camera or smartphone? We here at Joe Lamb Jr & Associates have come up with a few tips on how you can capture some of the best pictures on your Outer Banks vacation. Let’s look at how your next trip can become a  memory maker by including photography to help you remember all the fun times and capture the best pictures of the island.

Golden Hour Fun


Have you ever wanted to capture a picture of the beach or your family with a warm light of the sun in the background? Many photographers know that the famous “golden hour” is one of the best times to get those fantastic pictures. If you are an early riser, then head on out of your oceanfront vacation rental about an hour after the sunrise. This is a great time to be able to grab some of those beautiful pictures of the sun overlooking the water as it rises and leaves a perfect glow for you. For the evening picture with the family, you’ll want to take the picture about an hour before sunset. Think of the fantastic images that you can take to get printed onto a canvas and hang in your home highlighting those golden hour moments. 

Bring a Tripod

You may see the professionals use a tripod but never thought that you too could, then you’re wrong. One of the best-kept secrets to capturing great pictures happens to be using a tripod. Tripods come in all sizes that are good for not only operating with a camera but also with your smartphone too. While they may add some extra weight to your beach bag, a small flexible / fold up leg style one will help keep your cameras still, and you’ll be able to capture some outstanding pictures.

Find a Focal Point

Another great thing that we wanted to mention was always to use a focal point. Many people often forget to use one, but a general rule is that anything can be a focal point. This includes someone in your family, a chair, a pair of sunglasses sitting on a book looking towards the ocean, or a shell. One of the reasons for using a focal point is to help tell the story of what you are trying to capture. This can be a great way to help share your vacation with others by what you choose to be your focal point. Another way to use as your focal point are the painted ponies statues located around the Outer Banks.  

Always Shoot in RAW

If you will be using a DSLR Camera or a Mirrorless Camera, a great tip that has been shared with many is to always shoot in RAW format. When you shoot in RAW, you will have more control over your photos when you edit them on your computer. We understand that beach photography can be a little tricky at times, and you may seem to get discouraged, but using this method can help with your picture you’re trying to capture. The RAW format may seem a little intimidating to many, but with a bit of practice at home, before you arrive on your vacation, you should have the hang of it. To see a little more on OBX Photography be sure to check out our Pinterest OBX Photography Board today. 

A Few Extra Tips

We know that capturing those magical memories when you’re on your OBX vacation can be everything. We wanted to share a few extra tips with you. Be sure that you have plenty of batteries and memory cards for your cameras. We know that when you’ve run out of juice in your battery on your camera just as you’re taking that exciting picture can be a bummer. Another fun tip we wanted to share is if you’re looking for some great places to take a shot at while on your vacation, you can head to the sound side of the island, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sign, and just anywhere you think will turn out to be a great picture. Just have fun with your photos and capturing those precious memories on your next vacation to the Outer Banks!

While there are so many other fun tips, we could share with you about being the memory maker in your family, we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your vacation to stay in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see some of your pictures that you took while on vacation here on the island!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades. 

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

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