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Why You Should Take a Digital Camera on The Next Family Vacation

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Remember how it used to be ... Carrying that big bulky camera 
on a family vacation - with it bobbing and bouncing from the 
strap around your neck.

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Why You Should Take a Digital Camera on The Next Family Vacation
Copyright © 2006 Ron Knowlton
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Remember how it used to be ...

Carrying that big bulky camera on a family vacation - with it
bobbing and bouncing from the strap around your neck.

And then the nightmare panic attacks ... realizing that you
didn't have enough film ... and the frantic search for a store
... any store that had the film needed. You could walk or drive
for miles away from the tourist sites to find that store ...

Then pulling everyone together and getting them posed for that
shot ... just the right shot ...

And adjusting all of the settings on the camera ...

And finally pushing the button and hoping ...

Well, here's some good news - your life just got a lot easier!

A Camera That Weighs Less Than an Apple

I was used to peering over a large lens and hearing the sound
of a loud metalic click as I shot each picture ... then either
grabbing that knob and winding the film advance to get to the
next shot ... or listening to the loud whirr of my power winder

So when I first picked up a digital camera, it was indeed a

Here was a camera that weighed about as much as an apple and
fit into the palm of my hand.

That Little "TV Screen"

The biggest adjustment was that little 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch

Instead of looking through a small square viewfinder the size
of a cherry, I could now stand back and view the image on a
small screen - almost like a mini tv screen.

This made it very easy to take pictures almost without being
noticed. I could click away without everyone turning around
and gawking at the photographer. And there's even a setting
to turn the camera noises off! I could get those great candid
shots without everyone hearing the clank clank clank of the

I Can Erase a Bad Photo

Another feature I really love about a digital camera is that I
can immediately get rid of an image that I don't want.

That's because the image I just shot appears briefly on the
little viewing screen.

If I don't like the picture, I can just press a button and
delete it.

Then I can try again for the right picture - the one I really

It used to be ... I had to wait a week ... and then it would
hit me ... the realization that that picture of the mountain
waterfall was too dark as I was flipping through the prints
I just brought back from the photo processor.

Now, the image shows up in that little 2 1/2 inch screen. I
just delete the image of the dark waterfall. Then I carefully
aim and shoot and maybe get the right shot on my second try,
or maybe even on the third try!

It's Lightweight - Take It On a Long Hike!

On a long hike, I often hesitated to take along my big bulky

It didn't feel all that heavy when I started the hike, but by
the time I reached my destination, that camera felt almost like
I was carrying a huge boulder.

Now I can take both my digital camera and my digital camcorder
along if I want to. Both fit nicely into a small fanny pack and
both together weigh about as much as the water bottle I attach
to the outside of the pack.

I don't feel weighed down at all anymore by bulky camera

The Convenience Of Instant Email Pictures

One of the greatest features of a digital camera - is that as
soon as I get home (or often to my hotel room) I can email the
pictures immediately to family and friends. They can all view
them soon after I shot them and enjoy them!

I used to have to wait a week to get those prints back!

How To Email the Pictures

To email the pictures to family and friends I use a free
program called "Picassa".

I downloaded it right from the web site. You can
download it by clicking on the "more" link on the Google site.
Then under "Google Tools" you'll find the "Picassa" link - and
you can download it for free from there.

Setup's pretty easy and you're on your way.

View the Pictures On Your Computer Screen

With a digital camera, you can upload the pictures from your
camera - usually using a cable that hooks into the USB port
on your computer - right into the Picassa program and then
view them on your computer screen.

You can then select the photos you want and email them off to
friends and family.

How Many Megapixels Do You Need?

Another question many people have is - should I pay top dollar
and get a 7 or an 8 megapixel camera?

The answer is no. A 5 megapixel camera should be sufficient for
your family travel photos. In fact, 3 megapixel pictures are
fine for most people.

It's when you want to enlarge those pictures that you need the
extra megapixels - for example, when you want a big picture to
hang on the wall!

Otherwise 3 to 5 megapixels is really all you need. Your images
will be reduced to even less when you send them by email over
the internet.

Here Are a Few Quick Tips:

1) Make sure the batteries are fresh - recharge them (if your
camera takes rechargeable batteries)! I always carry a spare
battery - you just never know when you'll need it!

2) A small camera case is fine. You really don't need a huge
camera bag. A small camera case is also less conspicuous on
vacation. I don't like to advertise the fact that I'm a tourist
if I can avoid it.

I prefer a fanny pack myself. I have easy access to the fanny
pack and can quickly zip it back up when not needed. I also
keep the pack in front of me - where I can keep an eye on it.

3) Make sure you have plenty of memory! I carry an extra memory
card - so there's plenty of room if I decide to take a lot of

4) And finally, I try to save the pictures in two places.

I often bring a laptop on vacation with me. Then I can
immediately copy the pictures to my hard drive. I then save
them onto a cd as well.

I'd sure hate to lose those images that I just took! How would
you ever replace those shots on that once in a lifetime vacation
trip with the family?

Treat those images like gold - make sure you have two copies of
each shot - before erasing the images from your memory card.
And the reason you erase the images from the memory card is so
that you can reuse the card and take more pictures! 

Ron Knowlton is a former newspaper reporter/photographer. Go
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