Do you love hiking and taking pictures? Or, do you love taking pictures and want to start hiking? Either way, this blog post is for you!
Here are tips on how to take great hiking photos.
1. Get to Know Your Camera
This seems like a no-brainer, but it really is essential. The better you know your camera, the better your photos will be.
Take some time to read the manual and experiment with all of the different settings.
2. Dress for Success
No, you don’t need to wear a three-piece suit out on the trail. But, you will need to wear clothes that are comfortable and won’t interfere with your ability to take pictures.
3. Be Prepared
This goes for both your hike and your photography. Make sure you have everything you need for both before you head out on the trail.
This includes things like sunscreen, water, snacks, a map, etc. For your photography, make sure you have extra batteries, memory cards, a tripod, etc.
4. Choose the Right Time of Day
The light can make or break a photo. So, when possible, try to hike during the “golden hour” which is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset.
The lighting will be softer and more flattering during these times of the day.
5. Plan Your Shots
Before you start hiking (or even before you leave home), take a look at maps of the area and decide what locations would make for great shots.
This will save you time when you’re on the trail and help you get the most out of your hike/photo excursion.
6. Scout Locations in Advance
If possible, visit potential shooting locations before you attempt to photograph them.
This way, you can determine if they’re really as good as they look on paper (or screen). It also allows you to plan ahead so that you know exactly where to set up your camera when the time comes.
7. Use a Tripod
A tripod is an essential piece of equipment for anyone serious about photography.
It allows you to keep your camera completely still, which is important when taking long-exposure shots.
8. Shoot in RAW Format
RAW files are larger than JPEGs, but they offer so much more detail and flexibility when editing.
If possible, shoot in RAW format so that you have more options when it comes time to edit your photos.
9. Edit Your Photos
Editing doesn’t mean that you should drastically alter your photos. But, it does mean that you should adjust things like exposure, white balance, saturation, etc. to create the best possible image.
10. Share Your Photos
Once you’ve taken some great shots, don’t keep them hidden away on your computer!
Share them with friends, family, and fellow hikers! You never know who might be inspired by them.
With these tips, you should be well on your way to taking great hiking photos!
Just remember: get to know your camera, dress comfortably, be prepared, choose the right time of day, plan ahead, scout locations in advance, use a tripod, shoot in RAW format, edit thoughtfully, and share with others!
Happy hiking (and picture taking)!