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Taking the best Photos you can while Hiking digital camera tips

Updated on April 20, 2011

Saving what you have experienced

If you love being in the woods and hiking you may want to preserve some of what you have seen on your travels through the back country.  I have spent my fair share of time in the woods and most of the time when I am wandering through the mountains of upstate NY I bring my camera.

Bringing a camera along with you is an excellent way to capture what you have experienced on the trail.

The camera I bring with me is a digital camera so that's what I will talk about here in this article. If you don't have a digital camera there is still nothing wrong with a 35 mm at all. I have used them for years before digital and they work great. I am just going to focus on what I have found works for me from past experience in digital cameras and the woods.

Here are some tips I have found that might help you in protecting your camera or maybe just plain help you out in general.

If you plain on taking allot of photos of nature invest in an extra memory card to carry in your pack or pocket. You never know when you may need it.

Be sure you remember to charge your batteries before you go on your hike or bring extra batteries with you. I learned this the hard way.

Carry a plastic bag large enough to fit your camera. Mother nature can throw you a storm out of no where real quick and digital cameras I have found don't mix well with water.

While I'm talking about water. If your shooting by a creek or other water in general, use the wrist strap. It would take about one second to loose your camera at the bottom of a creek bed.

Try to carry your camera generally in the same place that you always do so you always know where it is. Example. If you carry your camera in your pack, always put it back when your done shooting in the same place. IN YOUR PACK. This way if you second guess yourself about where you put it last you can save yourself allot of frustration by looking for a lost camera in a pile of leaves while the camera is really in your hip pocket!

Tripods are nice but you may want to think about leaving it at home if your going on a hike. Nature can provide you with a tripod. An old tree can make a nice resting area for a steady photo.

There are many digital cameras to choose from, some are better than others. Without turning this into a camera review I will say try and choose the best digital camera that you can afford and research cameras before you buy one. Read the book the camera comes with and experiment with what setting work best in different conditions and take lots of pictures.

I have found that lighting is a Hugh factor in any photo. I am of the opinion that natural or filtered lighting works best when shooting outdoors for me as opposed to using a flash. The photos in this article were taken while hiking in upstate NY.


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