You’ve saved and planned for your family vacation for months, and now you’re ready to go enjoy it. This is the time to make sure you are prepared to capture those special memories so you can cherish them forever. While you want to leave plenty of room for spontaneous moments, it’s a good idea to plan ahead what kinds of pictures you’ll want to take so you can flip through a photo album and smile at all that you did on your vacation.
Here are some tips to help you document your family vacation in the best way possible.
Less is more
When it comes to deciding what camera gear to bring along on a trip, sometimes less is more. A nice DSLR camera and a variety of lenses are great, but when you’re out on vacation it’s nice to travel light in the gear department.
I like to choose one “walk around” lens that works best for most situations. A zoom lens is great so you can photograph monuments or sites from different focal lengths. But the main things you’ll want to be sure to pack are extra batteries and memory cards. There’s nothing worse than a “card full” error message right as you’re capturing a great moment.
And if you forgot your camera at home, or don’t own a zoom lens, don’t forget your cell phone can work, too. Sometimes the best camera is the one you have on you, so don’t be discouraged if your phone is all you have. Just make sure you free up some space before your trip if you’re getting close to running out of storage. And don’t forget to get your photos off your phone (or camera) when you get home. Make an album online, or print them for a photobook.