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Travel Photography and Kids: How to Juggle Yourself in Between

A Guest Post by Prita Sujudi

dPs5.jpgFor an amateur who had just been introduced to photography after having had two kids of seven and six year olds, I often find travel photography can be very challenging as I never had the choice but to carry both camera and kids! But for the love of travel and photography, I forced myself and juggled my way between thinking about aperture and bathing the kids at the same time.

Miles of trip finally comes down to two tricks that actually worked for me.

First, be simple and prepared. Traveling with kids means travel light. It is worthy to know more about your travel destination. Before the trip, I would search images to really get the feel of what kind of scenery I might want to take and hence which camera to use and capture settings to practice. I would leave my zoom lenses at home when I want to capture landscape and take kit lenses instead or bring my point and shoot camera for those days when I have lesser mood.

For Tiger Island trip, I took my kit lenses because I knew I would need wide view. (kids were busy snorkeling).

I knew I would be taking kites flying at the Jakarta International Kite Festival; I mounted telephoto lenses on my DSLR. (kids were kite gazing).

Second, just do it. Moments pass to soon at most times. I personally wouldn’t want to be worried about using advanced settings. Most of the time to be safe and quick I would just use [P] program and only adjust the ISO and White Balance. But even if you haven’t change the setting to adjust the scenery, or at times when you wish you had your tripod or lenses hood in hand, don’t think just shoot. You will be surprised of how your picture can turn out.

I was on a horse ride going down after catching the sunrise in Mount Bromo, East Java. (kids were on their horses following me from behind).

I had forgotten to bring lenses hood and had to accept this beautiful flare ‘incident’. (kids were asleep in the jeep exhausted from the early rise to catch the sunrise).

Close-up photo of a blue starfish. (one kid was in the water, another one sleeping on my lap, we were in a traditional fisherman boat).

I had forgotten to increase the speed of my point and shoot camera. (kids were busy asking about who was Sultan and who was Harem and why was his palace so big).

Have fun, teach your kids the beauty of traveling and nature and never leave your camera behind!

Prita Sujudi is a mom of two kids, who falls in love with photography very recently. She is still in the amateur syndrome – camera swinging on her shoulder everywhere she goes – and is still building her confidence to share her photography with others.

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  • Rob

    Good article about not worrying and just shootting. I would like to suggest that instead of leaving it in program mode, put it in AV mode and only worry about aperture. You will find it a lot easier when all yo have to do is worry about one number thats usually constantly visible(my canons dont always show the iso especially my 5d). I find that i usually dont play much with iso.

  • Russel Fernandez

    for newbies I would suggest to just put ISO on Auto…this will really save you on missing the shot especially during photowalks where light varies

  • Jeetesh

    On my recent trip, I handed my point and shoot to my 6-yr olds. Then we compared pics at end of the day.

  • http://midnightrook.blogspot.com Jean-Pierre

    I like the idea in the comments to hand the kids the camera and have them join in on the fun. I would say to maybe just carry around a disposable camera and worry less about having the sharpest photos. Here’s one from my vacation with a waterproof disposable camera, one of my favorite photos from the trip:

    http://500px.com/photo/1693713

  • http://www.1107photography.wordpress.com Deb Scally

    I would wholeheartedly agree with “Don’t worry, just shoot”…. I have done a lot of traveling with my family in the last several years and even if you don’t have time to set up that award-winning photograph, shoot, shoot, shoot. Thousands of frames later, you’ll find that the practice alone has enabled you to become a better photographer–especially when you are working on the fly!

  • rob

    If you want a P&S the kids can use, get something like the Fuji XP10 (or 20). I bought mine to take fishing and to the beach, but my 7 yr old now uses it most of the time and I can tell you, the thing’s bullet proof. It’s been dropped a few times already and the only thing it has to show for it is a small scratch.
    And as a bonus, it’s waterproof and it takes pretty descent pictures.

  • Prita Sujudi

    Thank you all for your kind comments!
    And handing P&S to the kids is a great idea! Would love to try it sometime. I do have a Canon G10 that they can use.

  • http://www.whitepetal.co.uk Paul

    Thanks Prita, nice article. You love of children & photography is clearly shown

Some older comments

  • Paul

    September 18, 2011 08:26 pm

    Thanks Prita, nice article. You love of children & photography is clearly shown

  • Prita Sujudi

    August 26, 2011 08:18 am

    Thank you all for your kind comments!
    And handing P&S to the kids is a great idea! Would love to try it sometime. I do have a Canon G10 that they can use.

  • rob

    August 25, 2011 01:01 am

    If you want a P&S the kids can use, get something like the Fuji XP10 (or 20). I bought mine to take fishing and to the beach, but my 7 yr old now uses it most of the time and I can tell you, the thing's bullet proof. It's been dropped a few times already and the only thing it has to show for it is a small scratch.
    And as a bonus, it's waterproof and it takes pretty descent pictures.

  • Deb Scally

    August 24, 2011 03:33 am

    I would wholeheartedly agree with "Don't worry, just shoot".... I have done a lot of traveling with my family in the last several years and even if you don't have time to set up that award-winning photograph, shoot, shoot, shoot. Thousands of frames later, you'll find that the practice alone has enabled you to become a better photographer--especially when you are working on the fly!

  • Jean-Pierre

    August 24, 2011 12:15 am

    I like the idea in the comments to hand the kids the camera and have them join in on the fun. I would say to maybe just carry around a disposable camera and worry less about having the sharpest photos. Here's one from my vacation with a waterproof disposable camera, one of my favorite photos from the trip:

    http://500px.com/photo/1693713

  • Jeetesh

    August 23, 2011 09:22 pm

    On my recent trip, I handed my point and shoot to my 6-yr olds. Then we compared pics at end of the day.

  • Russel Fernandez

    August 23, 2011 11:26 am

    for newbies I would suggest to just put ISO on Auto...this will really save you on missing the shot especially during photowalks where light varies

  • Rob

    August 23, 2011 07:03 am

    Good article about not worrying and just shootting. I would like to suggest that instead of leaving it in program mode, put it in AV mode and only worry about aperture. You will find it a lot easier when all yo have to do is worry about one number thats usually constantly visible(my canons dont always show the iso especially my 5d). I find that i usually dont play much with iso.

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