Traveling with kids & Photography
I was reading an article the other day about photography and traveling with your children, and I thought it was very helpful and would pass some of the points and add a few of my own.
Get up early
Get up early, let the rest of the family sleep in or just hang around and have breakfast while you get our before sunrise
Give your kids point and shoot cameras
My children (teenagers now), have point & shoot cameras, and I like to encourage them to take their cameras with them all the time, they never know what they will see. Encourage them to take pictures of unusual things, or set a theme
Include your children in the pictures.
While walking around the streets and you see a busker or street artist, ask them if your kids can be in the picture, this is a sure way of getting some good pictures, of local artists
Be quick when you’re with your family, have your camera pre-set before you go out or set on “Auto”. I know my kids get restless when im trying to find settings etc. Remember this is about family time not a photo shoot, you will still get some good happy snaps at the same time.
Don’t set your expectations too high
Don’t have high expectations when you’re out with your family. Remember this is about “family” not a photo shoot, your kids won’t be kids forever, so enjoy the time you have with them now, because before you know it, they have left home, and then you can have your time.
Make a Slideshow DVD
When you get home form holidays or day trips, make a DVD slideshow with music for you children’s pictures. This is a sure fire way of having the occasional “movie night” at home afterwards, and they can show their friends. They will get years of laughs and memories watching them over, and over and over again.