Are you new to the world of outdoor photography or a budding professional? There’s much that you can learn from experienced photographers! Keeping tried and true outdoor photography tips in mind will help you capture breathtaking images. It will also make outdoor photography an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Here at The Adventure Junkies, our goal is to help photography enthusiasts capture amazing outdoor images. Let’s look at a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind to get the most out of your camera, and capture some images that you’ll be proud to call your own.
1. PACK SMART
When heading out into the great outdoors, make sure you pack smart. You’ll want to ensure that you bring enough supplies to keep you going and the right gear for the images that you’re after. But if you’re planning to hike to distant locations, however, you’ll want to keep things light.
Bring adequate food and water, as well as sun protection or a light jacket in case of rain. As far as gear goes, when hiking, bringonly the lenses that you might need, as well as a few key accessories. These include a lens hood to reduce glare and a polarizer and ND filter, if you have them.
A wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing sweeping landscapes and dramatic skies. A telephoto lens, though, is best for photographing wildlife. Finally, a tripod or monopod is important for low-light photography or long exposures.
2. HEAD OUT AT THE BEST TIME OF DAY
Midday is a notoriously difficult time to shoot landscape photography due to the harsh shadows and blown out highlights. It’s also difficult for shooting outdoor portraits since the harsh sun will cause your subjects to squint.
For most outdoor photography, early morning and late afternoon are the ideal hours of the day. Beautiful, diffused lighting, with fewer harsh shadows can usually be found during these hours. This is also the best time of day to capture wildlife. If you do find yourself shooting in bright sun, consider moving into the shade.
3. WORK WITH THE LIGHT
Shooting toward the sun is usually a bad idea. This will result in washed out images or dark shadows. If you can, try to pay attention to the direction of light and work with it to enhance your images. The best option is usually to shoot with the sun behind you since this will result in a well-illuminated landscape.