For many of us, hiking is the perfect opportunity to unplug from technology and clear our minds. But what if you want to document your hike with photos? Here are tips for doing just that!
1. Invest in a Durable Camera
You don’t need the latest and greatest DSLR to take great hiking photos—a good point-and-shoot will do just fine.
But what you DO need is a camera that can stand up to the elements. If you’re going to be hiking in wet or cold conditions, make sure your camera is weatherproof.
2. Pack Extra Batteries and Memory Cards
Nothing spoils a hike like realizing you’re out of memory halfway through. Make sure you have plenty of space to document your entire hike before you even leave the house. And bring extras, just in case!
3. Choose Your Shots Carefully
With hikes, it’s easy to get trigger-happy and end up with a lot of photos that are very similar to each other. Before you snap away, think about what it is that you’re trying to capture and compose your shots accordingly.
4. Get Closeups and Wide Shots
When it comes time to edit your photos, later on, you’ll be glad you have a mix of closeups and wide shots to choose from. Be sure to take photos of not only the sweeping vistas but also the smaller details along the way.
5. Use a Tripod or Stabilized Surface Whenever Possible
This will help prevent blurred images caused by camera shake—especially important when shooting in low light or taking close-ups of small objects.
6. Edit Your Photos Later On
Don’t worry about getting everything perfect in-camera; that’s what editing software is for!
A good editing program can help correct exposure issues, remove unwanted objects from your shots, and even give them a little boost of color or sharpness if needed.
7. Share Your Photos with Friends and Family
Once you’ve got some great shots, it’s time to share them with the people you love!
But before posting away on social media, make sure you’ve read up on Leave No Trace principles (like not trampling vegetation) and have gotten permission from any people who appear in your shots.
8. Print Out Your Favorites and Create a Photo Album
In this digital age, it’s so easy to forget that physical prints still exist! While sharing online is great, there’s nothing quite like flipping through a real photo album— especially one filled with memories of time spent outdoors.
9. Hang Onto Your Digital Files Too
As technology changes, it can become increasingly difficult (and sometimes even impossible) to access older digital files.
To avoid losing all your hard work, make sure you regularly back up all your photo files onto an external hard drive or cloud service.
10. Have Fun
In the end, photography is all about capturing moments that YOU enjoy looking at. So don’t get too caught up in getting things “perfect.”
Follow these tips, but also trust your intuition and go with whatever feels right for YOU and YOUR hike.
Taking great hiking photos doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive—all you need is a little preparation and know-how!
By following these simple tips, anyone can document their next hike with beautiful, professional-looking photos. So, get out there —camera in hand —and start exploring!