Camping can be a fun family getaway, and it’s a great time to take photos.
When you’re away from the hustle and bustle of work and school, there’s a lot of time to relax and enjoy your photography. So get out your camera for photos of family and fun activities, as well as pictures of the beautiful settings and camping scenes that you don’t want to forget!
While the kids are off playing, it can be a great time to shoot just for you. Be sure to think about photographing these ten things next time you go camping!
We always try to fit at least a couple of fun special activities into our camping trips.
Whether it’s hiking, swimming, boating, mini golf, geocaching, or something else, these are great adventures and memories that you don’t want to forget. These don’t have to be portfolio-worthy images, but these photos capture the fun and excitement of camping that you and your kids will look back on for years to come.
If you’re anything like our family, there are some foods that just go hand-in-hand with camping. For my daughter, it just isn’t a camping trip if we haven’t had s’mores.
But it can also include other camping treats like watermelon, corn on the cob, hotdogs over the fire, or any other family camping favorites. Whatever it is, capturing some photos of your family cooking and eating helps tell the whole story of your trip.
One of the benefits of getting out into nature is experiencing a lot more wildlife than you normally see at home. One of our favorite animals to see while camping in Georgia are deer but birds, squirrels, frogs, snails, and even spiders and insects can be interesting to see while camping. Kids especially love to get up close to animals in the woods.
A telephoto zoom lens is handy when capturing animals like deer and birds, which you may not be able to get close to. And a macro lens is useful for capturing smaller guests to your campsite. I don’t like to bring a lot of different lenses camping, but think about what wildlife you mind encounter when packing your camera gear.
I find that when I slow down and relax while camping, I am more in tune with little things around me, and I like to capture these details. Sometimes I like to capture little things in nature, like flowers or leaves, and other times it’s the small details of camping with children, like a child’s dirty hands, or sidewalk chalk on the ground.
Either way, camping gives you time to appreciate the small things, take them in, and capture them in an artful way. You don’t necessarily need a macro lens for this. Many of my favorite detail images were taken by just getting in close with a 35mm or 50mm lens.
This may seem like an odd item to be on a camping list, but I often find that we stumble across some truly unique buildings while camping. Whether it’s a historic old home, a building at a state or national park, or just a cute rustic cottage near your camp site, capturing these buildings can help set the scene for your trip, and provide some beautiful images of structures you don’t see in a typical urban or suburban setting.