Best Buy has put together some really great travel tech ideas for traveling families including photo scavenger hunts, family 5Ks and movie nights in the middle of nowhere.
I think my favorite idea they share is a photo scavenger hunt. It’s never too early to start teaching your kids how to use a camera and what better way than with an educational scavenger hunt. They can learn to use a camera and learn about the area you are visiting in a fun way.
Teaching your kids to use a camera
As they are scavenger hunting for what they need to take pictures of you can teach them:
- Consider composition – don’t do the standard stand in the middle of the picture photo
- Find your subject – define your subject, and lose what isn’t necessary
- Set the scene – think about what you want to show
- Rule of thirds – split image into threes and have a person in only 1/3 of the photo to the side.
- Center your photo on patterns
- Perspective – find an interesting way to look at something.
- Right Light – The best time to take photos is just after sunrise and before sunset. Cloudy weather is also best for taking photos.
- Adjust the exposure – drop it down on a sunny day
- Change the saturation – Saturation is your color. To bring out the color bump up the saturation, if you pull it all the way down you can shoot black and white photo!
- Turn on or off your flash depending on the light. Inside and at nighttime turn off your flash.
Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for kids
Here is a Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt for kids I’ve create that you can download. It gives you 17 things to find/name at four different hotel areas. Kids can fill out the sheet or just take pictures of what they find. If you don’t have kids, you could also use this scavenger hunt!