Vacation photography does not have to be full of frustrated co-vacationers or missed shots. Here are some great ideas to keep your vacation photography on the right track.
- Take Kid Pictures First
When you visit an attraction or landmark immediately pick out a spot with a good background and take your photo of the kids in front that background. The kids may be fresh-faced and cute in their matching vacation outfits for the moment but after three hours of walking in the sun they will be more like messy kids right off the playground than your photogenic angels.
- Take as Little Equipment as Possible
Camera equipment will be harder to carry as you get tired. Plan ahead what equipment you will need for where you are going. For example, for a day at the zoo I take a 28-80 lens, a 75-300 lens, and one add on flash in my camera bag. If I need a tripod I set the camera on my camera bag for support. I also recommend that ladies pack their ID and other essentials from their purses in their camera bags as well. Not having the extra strap of a purse on your shoulder is a real relief at the end of the day.
- Make it Interactive
Whenever safely possible take images that show your family interacting with your surroundings. This will bring life to otherwise standard snapshots.
- Don't Let Your Images Stay Hidden
Leaving your images on your memory card or as undeveloped film when you get home will not help you remember your trip at all. Take the time to upload your images or have them printed. Whether you use digital or film you can have your images saved onto CD for your computer to read. One wonderful way to preserve and enjoy your vacation memories is to create a digital scrapbook.
Keep these few things in mind and your vacation images are sure to be memorable.