Whether you're embarking on a family vacation or your family reunion, it's going to be a special time. When we think of trips we've taken, we tend to remember them best with photographs. Here's some ideas to enhance your vacation as well as your memories of them.
1) Since you know where you're going (that's a minimum requirement), doesn't it make sense to check out the location before you get there? Create a list of attractions, accommodations, special points of interest, amusement areas, shopping, etc. A good source to help you do this is: the Places and Travel section of msn.com ( [http://groups.msn.com/Browse?CatId=179])
2) Figure out the photo opportunities for each appropriate venue. Anyone can take a "that's nice" picture of the kids at an amusement park. Wouldn't you rather capture a "WOW" photo that could be hung over the mantle?
3) Depending on the location you're traveling to, you can see what books are written about them that highlight the best photo opportunities for the entire area
4) If you're cyber-savvy, start at http://www.google.com and search using different combinations of: your destination, best photography locations, for images of the location, scenic spots, etc. The options are endless.
5) If you're off to a non-big city area, scout out the national parks in the area. The great thing about national parks is that the scenery is usually so breathtaking, that a so-so shot looks
outstanding, just because of the subject. Once in http://www.nps.gov, do a search on photos and you will be presented with terrific shots of all the parks
OK, you're either traveling through or you're at a wonderful location full of photo opportunities. You began this leg of your trip at the crack of dawn and as you're pulling into the most scenic overlook for 400 miles, the sun is just starting to crack the horizon.
You instinctively pull the car over, grab your camera and your tripod, and look for the best spot to set up. Just one tiny little problem... YOU FORGOT YOUR TRIPOD! Rather than smack yourself on the forehead then, why not plan these things now, before you leave?