Signs of Summer | Vacation Lenses and ListsPosted by Carol Elliott on Aug 2, 2013 in Blog, Signs of Summer | 5 comments
As we head into the last month of summer, Creative Team Member Carol Elliot continues our Signs of Summer series by sharing things she considers while vacationing with her family. From deciding what lenses to take to planning the shots, Carol shares some of her experiences. -Kelly
I take two things on all our vacations: my camera and a mental list of photo ideas.
My kids are young adults and are not keen on posed photographs. Who am I kidding? My boys have always been like this! So part of the fun of planning a vacation for me is thinking about how I can get them into my photos and what shots will trigger memories of our time together.
While planning the logistics of the trip, I take note of the things we will see and do. The internet is a great place to search for ideas. I also think about which lens will best to capture the photos. There was a time that I thought I should pack all my lenses. You know how it is, the fear that the lens I would need is at home, but I quickly learned that a zoom and a prime lens (I take my Canon 24-70mm and Canon 50mm ) were all I used.
When we are on vacation, I am allowed to take as many pictures as I want!
Armed with my mental list of photo ideas, I stop and take photos of things that catch my eye- the attractions, the architecture, or the landscapes. I look for good light, reflections, and, as always, catch lights. The two shots that I always come home with are a shot of all three kids together and one of my husband and me. Otherwise I take minimal posed shots, no need to rock the boat! I make sure to hand off my camera so I am in some of the photos as well.
I usually end up following behind my family taking pictures. Since I don’t have young children to keep track of, this works for me. I took this photo in San Francisco. You can see Alcatraz in the distance. We didn’t visit it, but it was on my photo idea list, as were the other tourist spots around town.
The most important thing to remember is that I’m not on a photo shoot, but a vacation with my family. No matter how much enjoyment I get from taking pictures, I don’t want to miss out on the conversations, inside jokes, and joy that comes from relaxing together. My camera will be with me on all my vacations while my kids will not.