Family camping – a favorite of mine!
I worked for Camp Fire Girls at a summer camp for several years. To this day (decades later) I still have camping stories to tell. (Although I love this photo, as a long-time camper I can tell the people that they didn’t clear away enough space around the fire!)
5 Ideas for Capturing Great Family Camping Stories
- Create a real or digital scrapbook of the camping trip from start to finish; that can mean photos or notes showing packing the car, setting up camp, preparing meals, hikes, campfire stories, and fun adventures.
- Use your smartphone to record each family member telling their favorite story from the camping trip.
- Go macro and micro! Take photos of the environment where you’re camping (the forest, the lake, the campground) as well as up-close and personal images of leaves, bugs, and stones around the campsite.
- Have everyone in the family take a few minutes each evening to share both their favorite and least favorite part of the day. Capture this in audio, video, or in a family camping trip notebook.
- Did the dog go with you? Don’t forget to record Spot’s antics in video, photos or notes. (Spot’s eyes make for great close-up photos too).
Family Camping Story Resources
- Digital collection of funny or scary campfire stories (these are fun to record too). Google “free campfire stories” and you’ll find plenty.
- Book (digital or print) of plants & animals of the area you’ll be camping (pick a [non-protected] leaf or flower for #3.
- Flower/plant press (click here to see how to make one . . . or buy one). Add pressed flowers or leaves to your camping story memory book.
How to Photograph a Campfire with Your Smartphone
As part of your digital or paper scrapbook or camping memory book, you’ll definitely want some campfire photos. Here’s how to get them:
- If you don’t have a little tripod like a gorilla, do your best to stay steady. You may be able to prop the phone up against a jacket or a pillow. (Gorilla tripods for smartphones are available at Amazon and other online stores)
- Don’t use flash. It will wipe out the beauty of the flames and make your photo look like daytime.
- If your phone has a Slo-Mo or Time Lapse setting, experiment. You can get some pretty cool photos this way.
- Get a low-light app for your phone. iOS has NightCap Pro and Slow Shutter – both are great. For Android, try Night Camera.
- Use a self-timer to make sure the camera stays steady during the shot.