Call it Bad Vacation Photo Syndrome or attack of the Party-Time Paparazzi -- but bad photos happen to us all. Luckily, these lighting tricks will guarantee a great shot.
TO SHOOT FOOD
Avoid a direct flash (too harsh!), and instead hold up a white napkin to reflect any ambient light, says Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jay Dickman.
TO SHOOT LANDMARKS
Use the "golden hour" rule: Visit the sites at sunrise or sunset, when natural light is at its warmest and most flattering, Dickman says. Bonus: Crowds are always thinner at that time.
TO SHOOT PEOPLE
Overhead (artificial) lighting is the enemy: Everyone looks best with natural light or in a spot with light that appears to be coming from all directions (table lamps work nicely). If light sources are limited, zoom in to minimize the overhead glare.